Happy Cheetah Reading

Unboxing Day!

Phil took the older four boys to see Avengers: Endgame. Between the drive to the theater, the three hour movie, and the stop for groceries on the way home, they were gone over six hours.

It’s been a long time since just the youngest and I spent six hours alone together in the middle of the day. There’s always a brother or two around to keep him entertained, so this was definitely unusual.

I made a whole list of activities for us to do.

And the first thing on the list was: unboxing the final draft of the Happy Cheetah Reading System before we go to press! The box arrived last night, but I made myself wait so my son and I could do it together. He was very excited to be on camera for my first ever unboxing video!

Up until now, I have been working off of the beta copy from last July. So much has changed, and it looks so good!

The colors of the twelve readers are so beautiful!

The logo is so perfect!

My son read through the first three readers. He hasn’t looked at those thirty stories in several months, and he did really well! There were a few less common words that he needed some prompting (like find), but overall, he was on it.

There’s a funny story about the colors for the twelve readers. With the beta version, the workbook colors followed a standard rainbow progression: red, orange, yellow, green, blue. But bright and cheery yellow is less bold in photos. But the rainbow progression is so beautiful. What to do?

We were thinking about colors last fall, when we gathered for our annual family reunion. In the evenings, we often do puzzles and talk. We’ll sometimes get through eight or nine 1000 piece puzzles in a week. (It helps that we have artists in the family!)

This year, though, we wanted a real challenge, and so we sprung for the 5,000 piece color puzzle that we had been eyeing for years.

And we kind of obsessed about it, and worked on it not only at night, but also during the day, and finished it in something like four days. So we ended up having to buy more puzzles mid-trip.

But the amazing thing about the 5,000 colors is that they don’t follow the rainbow in progression, but the colors still look beautiful together.

So the color palette for the Happy Cheetah readers came from that puzzle — from shades of orange, to red, blue, and green.

So excited!

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