Welcome to Reading Magic. This program is designed to be used by tutors, parents, grandparents and friends to rapidly improve reading ability in nearly every child.
Teacher mode steps begin
Remember, you must say the list words 5 times before going to STEP 6
I see your student audio is not set to automatic. This means you won't be able to hear my friends read the questions to you. If you have a teacher next to you reading the questions then that is fine, but if you are doing this by yourself, you need to turn on automatic reading of questions. You can do this quickly by pressing AUTO above the gold boxes or by clicking the green button below.
Welcome to Reading Magic. This program is designed to be used by tutors, parents, grandparents and friends to rapidly improve reading ability in nearly every child. While the program works very well in teaching reading to young children with no reading ability or students learning English as a second language - ReadingMagic will give you absolutely amazing results when used with older students who are reading one, two, three or more years below grade level reand functioning at an early, middle or upper 1st Grade level. Once beginning the STEPS in ReadingMagic, you'll notice in minutes that your student is learning to read new words much faster than ever before. On top of this, you'll see they even enjoy doing it - especially in STEP 5!. In fact, most students typically advance one year in reading ability in just 2-3 months. This is not an exaggeration, but what is typically observed when using the program for 30-40 minutes per day. We are able to achieve this extraordinary rate of progress by using a very special sequence of learning strategies. First, we spent considerable time analyzing early elementary reading books to compile a list of the 520 most-common reading words in early elementary textbooks. When students can read these 520 words they will be reading at an early second grade level around 2.2 - 2.3. Words are taught basically in order from most-common to least-common. Our early research found that child learning ability improves rapidly by simply teaching words in small groups of five. Only when mastery of five words is shown (by reading words quickly and easily), do we then advance to another set of five words. Along with this, by grouping words together that share the same vowel sound, we found this technique also improved the rate in which students could learn.
THE MAGIC IS IN THE STEPS
You'll see we use 7 STEPS to teach the five words in each list. In STEP 1, you simply tell your student the common vowel sound in the list words and have them repeat it. This takes 15 seconds at most. In STEP 2, your student will learn to blend the first consonant and vowel sound together (therefore, reading only part of the word and learning left to right eye-movement). In STEP 3, you do what's called the Echo Trick, here you say the sound up to the vowel sound (like what the student did in STEP 2), the student then looks at the final letters and makes these sounds to say the entire word. IN STEP 4, students take what they learned in STEP 3 but now add the final consonant sounds and read the entire word slowly. STEP 5 is what truly motivates students. Here, you will use the built-in stopwatch-timer to time how fast your student can read the list words. Typically, after 5-10 attempts they will have gone from 8 seonds to saying the words in under 3 seconds! STEP 6 shows two pages of an ongoing reading book that uses only the five list words and previous list words. STEP 7 is a comprehension exercise that uses pictures and definition clues to determine if the student knows the meaning of the words. A great feature of STEP 7 is that it includes audio to guide students through the exercise and allows you to take a well deserved 10 minute break!
WE MAKE YOU AN EXPERT READING TEACHER
Before you begin, you need to set the audio preferences. Audio is a big part of our program. At the top of each list you'll see a green button - a checkbox and a blue circle "T" button (T stands for Teacher). If you click the T button, audio will play explaining what you as the teacher should be doing in this STEP. Pressing the green button is meant for the student to press and explains what they should be doing. This is helpful if they are doing this on their own without teacher assistance. When you finish a STEP, you must click the checkbox, which then sets you up for the next STEP in sequence. Above the gold bar, you will see options for teacher audio and student audio. If this is set to ON, then audio will play only when a green or blue T button is pressed. If audio is set to AUTO, then the audio will automatically play explaining the next step after clicking a checkbox. Teachers may choose to wear a pair of headphones, with one ear exposed to allow them to hear both our T button audio and what the student is saying.