I am sorry. I really do not know what your question is referring to: (“Do you mean pro or con the freebies?”) If you tell me the name of a product or products, I will look over the description and try to clear up any misunderstanding. The first reason I list products for free is because I’ve used them in the past and I believe in the positive impact they can have on helping a student learn to read. I want the product to reach as many students as possible. A second reason I may post something for free is that it may require a teacher’s time – it is not a simple “download and go” product - many games require printing and laminating, or the printable readers require printing, folding and stapling. I believe these products can make learning to read easier or more fun, and offering them for free is my thank you to the teacher for the time it takes them to prepare the product.
If you are referring to the Emergent/Beginning Reader Series, the content of the readers is identical, the format is just different. The printable version requires time to print and fold, but they can be sent home in backpacks. The iPad version requires no additional teacher time. Students can read the books on a computer in the classroom, or the teacher can e-mail the Beginning Readers to students’ homes where they can read them on home computers, iPads and tablets.
Please feel free to contact me at PhonicsAdvantageJanet@aol.com
Thank you for your interest in helping children learn to read.
February 27, 2013