Crossbow Education is not only family owned and operated, but it is unashamedly Christian. When asked "Why Crossbow?" they state, "We believe that the symbols of the Cross and the Rainbow stand for the most powerful, life-changing truths on this earth: broadly, "Jesus died in my place, (for my sins)", and "God keeps His promises." I know I will gladly back a company with my money and support when I trust their beliefs, ethics, and worldview.
In 1992, founder, Bob Hext, found that the games and tools he was developing for his dyslexic students were more beneficial and helpful in comparison to most anything else on the market. He actually pioneered many of the things we now find common in children's games today. In 2005, with the patent of The Eye Level Reading Ruler, the company became a leader in the area of support for those with visual stress.
While The Eye Level Reading Ruler is designed specifically to benefit those with visual stress and dyslexia, I found that if was a helpful tool for my early readers as well. My boys were able to track the text much more consistently and better keep their place when using this product. Thus, their fluency improved.
The Eye Level Reading Ruler is made from a combination of opaque and transparent plastic. It underlines the text and highlights it in a colored tint. Broad strips are utilized when reading paragraphs and narrow strips for single lines.
So as not to call attention to the reader, The Eye Level Reading Ruler is small and discreet. Being the size of a six-inch ruler, it is easy to transport and carry all the time. This is wonderful for all readers whether emergent, struggling, dyslexic, or dealing with visual stress.
The Eye Level Reading Ruler 10 - pack retails for $16.95. Each ruler has one side that is matt coated and the other has a glossy finish allowing for the reader's individual preference. A neat feature is that you are able to choose your own colors. One option is to select a multi-pack of the most popular colors or you can select from the following: yellow, celery, grass, jade, aqua, sky, purple, magenta, pink, and orange. As far as my boys, Caleb preferred the grass and Jeremiah the aqua.
Click the button below to read other Crew members experiences with the eye level rulers. However, please note that the eye level rulers are only one of the products available from Crossbow Education. Visit the website to see their other offerings including: sand timers, junior learning product, and games for phonics and spelling.