Give your child a lasting educational advantage with proven-effective and fun reading software, the best on the market.
Rusty and Rosy Reading™ brings Waterford Institute’s reading software to the home where your child can experience personalized learning every day. Like a tutor, the program provides the instruction your child needs by monitoring her progress and adapting to her skill level. With enough content to last three full years, Rusty and Rosy Reading has been proven effective to teach your child in just 15 minutes a day.
*Created for children ages four through eight.
*Rusty and Rosy Reading is not currently supported on Mac OS 10.8 or Windows 8.
Posted by Brynn on 3rd Mar 2014
Purchased Rusty and Rosy and a subscription for both my young children. It was expensive and I debated the cost for awhile. But I soon realized it was money well spent. My children (3 and 5 yrs. old) did their daily 15 minutes independently with very few questions for me. I did very little and they learned to read! My daughter is at a very tough school now and is breezing through Kindergarten because her reading is so great. This was a FANTASTIC investment!
The program does have some kinks and occasional software glitches (screen freezes or goes blank, or mouse won't work). However, it was minor inconveniences considering the payout. The DVDs are also great and my kids still watch them often.
Posted by Valerie on 29th Oct 2013
After our oldest son used Rusty and Rosy through Upstart, we were so impressed that we purchased it for our second son. (Since we no longer lived in Utah to do Upstart.). Our oldest was reading small words by the end of the year. The kids can use the program without adult help. The one thing I miss from what we had with Upstart is the math/science element. Before there was a daily calendar and weather chart and some counting songs. Since it was 3 or 4 years ago, I'm not sure if things have changed or not but it we miss it now. I still recommend Rusty and Rosy to people all the time!
Posted by Jim on 11th Jun 2013
The software is excellent for teaching reading. But if you have a problem and call in you should expect an attitude where they have your money so don't expect any help or give any more than they absolutely have to. My son was a part of their UPSTART program (outstanding software) and we even filmed a testimonial for them. I also wrote two letters to the governor and state board of education. When I ran into a problem and called they didn't seem to care above "how do we get you off the phone".
Posted by Elisabeth on 31st May 2013
We started our 4 year old in Rusty and rosy a year ago and in that time he has learned to read fluently (is at 2nd grade level +), understands so much about math, science, seasons, calendars, and has started keyboarding already! Such an awesome program so glad we found it. We had him in preschool for the social aspect and his teacher can't believe how far ahead he is than his peers in all of the educational activities that they do. I have my 3 year old in it now and he loves it too and is learning so much. They have such confidence with reading and when they go to their room for their daily quiet time my now 5 year old will read books to our 3 year old!! Love love love this software/program!
Posted by Unknown on 14th Dec 2012
I started this the summer before kindergarten with my 5 year old who really had no interest in reading. He liked it for a bit, but now that school has started, he's doing so much better. I wish I had started it after he started school, but just because of his interest level. I think this is a great, inexpensive way to aid your child in learning to read. There is so much variety that it's really fun for the kid. I like that it doesn't criticize or say "wrong", try again! It's very upbeat. Oftentimes he doesn't even know he didn't do something right, but the program will go back to where he struggled and do a new game to help enforce the area that he struggled with.
I started with the 4 month, wish I had just done the full year! I figure I'll start a year in a few months while he's in mid-kinder through mid-1st grade.
FYI. Once it expires, you do have access to the games that your child has played. You don't need internet for that. It's called free play.
Posted by Unknown on 29th Oct 2012
Our grandson loves this product and has shown noticeable improvements in his reading skills! However, we use Mac OS for R & R and support for the latest OS release lags significantly for the R&R products. We recently upgraded to Mac OS Mountian Lion (10.8) and R & R stopped working. A call to support revealed that it is being worked but there is no planned upgrade date. Well OS 10.8 was released in July ( and known long before that) and here in late October there is still no patch to R&R?????? Since we do use R & R weekly, our only option is to unload OS 10.8 (mountain lion) and go back to the old Mac OS. This is not a good setup for either the customers or the company. I hope they get there act together and support the later operating systems in a timely manner.
Posted by SW on 5th Sep 2012
A friend recommended Upstart and said it helped her son learn to read. Since I was too late registering for that, this was a good alternative. We've only used it for the last 3 days but I do like what I see so far. My son loves it and asks to "play" it each day (I told him it is a game). I have to tell him it's time to stop "playing" after a half hour! He also attends preschool twice a week since this doesn't cover math and science (not to mention socialization) but this is a great companion. I love how it progresses as he does. My 3 year old daughter sits next to him and watches him while he "plays" so I feel like it's helping her too.
Posted by JR on 13th Feb 2012
I am not sure that I understand. You buy the software, and then you have to connect online to get it to work? For that to happen, you must pay for 4 or 12 month access? Does this mean that every 12 months you have to pay again for access?
Does the software disc work alone without connecting to the internet?
also the reading DVDs- how are they different than this program? are they included in the program-or do they need to be purchased separate?
Please one of you other mom's reply.
PLEASE note my 4 star rating is for the prek reading DVD, I have one from a friend
***Editor's Note: Thanks for your inquiry about Rusty and Rosy software. The Rusty and Rosy software works on a subscription basis, which requires renewal at the end of 4 or 12 months. The software connects to the internet both to activate the product and to access the adaptive learning feature which customizes the your child's learning experience based on their skill level. The internet connection is not necessary to use the free play option.
The Reading DVDs are purchased separately and are not interactive. However, most of the content that is found on the DVDs is also found in the interactive software. The DVD's are perfect for reinforcing the lessons that your child has worked through using the software. Please feel free contact us. Thanks!***
Posted by BusyMommyMedia on 8th Sep 2011
My 3 year old and 5 year old have been using Rusty and Rosy and they LOVE it. I've really been able to see how much they've learned after using the software for a few months and they ask to use it every day so I know that they enjoy it.
Posted by Unknown on 24th Jun 2011
Rusty and Rosy is the best companion for our daughter. We are in the State Department and having this product no matter where we are is great for her preparation for kindergarten and first grade. She loves it and can easily play for over an hour a day. The science parts after the 15 minutes of reading time is her favorite.
Thanks Waterford for arguably the best product for children!