Reading Focus Cards {Review}

Reading Focus Cards {Review} -*Note: I bought two combo packs of Reading Focus Cards from Brennan Innovators at the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo in March. I am sharing here because my family has used them, and I feel like it might benefit you. The giveaway product was supplied by Brennan Innovators at my request.

Reading Focus Cards

In the years I’ve been working with my younger daughter, I have spent a lot of time and money on colored transparencies to use as reading filters and special bookmarks for helping her keep her place, and I have spent hours cutting up index cards to create windows just the right size for her to use with various books and resources we’re using in our homeschool. All of them served their purpose, but I was frustrated because I needed a combination of them. And, to be honest, my index cards didn’t hold up very well.

Then I met Joan Brennan of Brennan Innovators when I went to speak at the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo. She kept telling me that she wanted me to come and visit her booth because she had read my blog and knew my daughter struggles with reading. I agreed to stop by—and I’m really glad I did!

After seeing the cards put together and Joan’s demonstration at the booth, I knew that the Reading Focus Cards were exactly what we needed to bring together all the bits and pieces I’d been struggling with! I took advantage of the convention pricing and bought two combo packs on the spot.

Reading Focus Cards Combo Pack -

When I got home, my daughter and I sat down and determined that the yellow made the text the most clear to her (and, to my surprise, to me too!). We put the short card together and began using it every day for her reading practice. (The other one somehow found its way to my Bible, and it’s still there. 😉 )

The Reading Focus Cards have been great for us. They help my daughter keep her place more easily, offer contrast (with the yellow strip) with the type that makes it easier for her to focus on and read the words, and boost her confidence as she gains some momentum in her reading!

Princess Roo using Reading Focus Card -


These have been our experiences, but yours may vary a bit. See the study results for the Reading Focus Cards here.

We will continue to use Reading Focus Cards in our homeschool (and in my personal Bible reading too *ahem*), and I’m very excited that one of you will get to try Reading Focus Cards too!

Giveaway of a Combo Pack of Reading Focus Cards!

Brennan Innovators has agreed to offer ONE of you a combo pack like the ones I bought in St. Louis. The pack contains one long card and one short card in assorted colors. No-glare clear, blue, and yellow strips are included for each size card.

Update: Congratulations to Jennifer L., the winner of the giveaway!

  • The giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and older.
  • The giveaway ends on Friday, July 18, 2014, at 9:00 pm CDT.
  • To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering the question below.
  • Only one comment per household.
  • Duplicate or “extra” comments or comments left after the giveaway ends will be deleted.
  • The winner will be chosen at random using the plug-in “And the Winner Is.”
  • The winner will be notified by email within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway and will have 24 hours to respond with the requested information. If the information isn’t received within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen. The information will be sent to Brennan Innovators, LLC so your Reading Focus Cards can be shipped.

Ready to enter? Leave a comment answering the following question:

Why do you think your family would benefit from Reading Focus Cards?

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17 Responses to Reading Focus Cards {Review}

  1. Thayer says:

    Great giveaway! We’d love to use these for reading at our house.

  2. Greta says:

    My son has a reading disability. He has a very hard time keeping his place while reading and also benefits greatly by contrast backgrounds. We would love to have this kit!

  3. Jennifer C says:

    My daughter is a good reader but gets easily distracted and loses her spot on the page, then she just wants to give up. I think these would help her stay focused and not lose her place so easily. Thanks!

  4. I’d love to try these out with my youngest (she’s 7). I’ve noticed that she gets distracted by what else is on the page when reading, and sometimes skips a line or takes words from a line below. She’s still an early reader so I haven’t worried about it, but I’d love to see if something like this would help her. Thanks for your review Jennifer!

  5. Connie Jarrett says:

    My son has dyslexia and is about to embark on the 9th grade. More reading, more demands. I can see how this might really help him to read faster and to prevent fatigue from setting in too soon!! Great idea.

  6. Jennifer Lorberblatt says:

    My 9 yr old daughter has dyslexia. Would love to try these!

  7. Sharon says:

    My son struggles with reading, and I am wondering if these will belp him.

  8. Angie Stow says:

    These look wonderful! My almost 9yo is dyslexic & has adhd which makes reading very difficult for him. He excels in everything except this area and I would love to see what these resources could do to help!

  9. Andrea K. says:

    My son is learning to read and he get really overwhelmed when he sees the whole page of words before him. I use a piece off paper to guide him and block out what he isn’t reading, but this seems like the perfect product for us.

  10. Naomi says:

    My daughter is 6 and has trouble with tracking from line to line. We have had some success with a bookmark making a line under what shes reading but it still wears us out having to juggle it all while reading. I think these would really help her with the focusing issue. I have 2 younger children that could possibly benefit from these one day as well.

  11. Nicole P says:

    That is a cool little device. I used to use a ruler when I was younger. I’m thinking that this might be just what my son needs (who’s a beginning reader) to help with the anxiety he experiences while reading. I think the colors are pretty nifty as well. Yes, I said nifty!

  12. My daughter has been diagnosed with tracking problems that negatively impact her reading abilities. We were using index cards to try to hold her place, but this type of aide was recommended with the different colored strip by her OT. Would love to be able to get some for her. Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  13. Amber says:

    My oldest son struggles with reading much at one time because it is a lot of work for him. Perhaps these could help us!

  14. AMY Reddekopp says:

    I have made similar type blockers, but not with the colours. I think these would be great for my 8.5 yo. He is still learning to read as he has severe mixed dyslexia and these could help.

  15. Robin Barnes says:

    My 10 year old struggles with reading even though he can read. He loses interest quickly but wants to read. This may be the solution!

  16. Dana Weaver says:

    Wow we so need this Trent reads the same line four times before he goes to the next one. I belive that this will help him improve his reading at home and also at school.

  17. LV says:

    These sound interesting. My daughter is having a difficult time with reading. These might help.

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