SENTENCE READING MAGIC DELUXE
Preschool University today is pleased to introduce SENTENCE READING MAGIC DELUXE 1.0 for iOS, its comprehensive new app that provides the missing link between reading words and reading books - reading sentences. The app has two modes: Sentence Building, where children drag the words into their correct positions, creating a sentence, and Reading Mode, where kids read the words of the sentence aloud and then check their work by touching the hidden picture. Featuring touch-to-hear, audible pronunciation of words, sentences, hints, and pictures that illustrate sentences, this full version of the app includes 324 sentences up to six words long, which are divided into four categories and 24 lessons. The app uses more than 40 of the most essential sight words, with special emphasis on 11 key words. SENTENCE READING MAGIC DELUXE has several sight word games for sight word practice and customizable settings for fonts, voices, and reward sounds.
* Helps children become excellent, confident readers
* Familiarizes children with the most essential sight words
* Takes children from reading words to reading sentences
* Prepares children to read decodable sentences and books
* Gives children crucial practice decoding, blending, and comprehending complete sentences
* Offers children the opportunity to practice comprehension skills and increase fluency without becoming intimidated by a full page of print
* Provides children with the opportunity to become fluent readers
* Young children learn sentence building and sentence reading
* This intermediary skill, reading sentences, bridges the gap between reading words and reading books
* Adjustable levels of difficulty
* Words and sentences can be read aloud by the app
* Pictures and sound reinforce the connection between written words and that to which they refer
* Based on principles of the highly respected educator, Maria Montessori
SENTENCE READING MAGIC DELUXE is designed as the third in a series of MAGIC apps, coming after ABC READING MAGIC 1-Short Vowel Words (learn to blend, segment and read 3-letter words), and ABC SPELLING MAGIC 1-Short Vowel Words (learn to build and encode 3-letter words). The goal is to enhance the learning process by setting up the right conditions for learners to be successful. The app gives emerging readers a step that will encourage skill building and confidence in reading.
SENTENCE READING MAGIC DELUXE operates in landscape orientation, and users can select either Sentence Building mode or Sentence Reading mode and sentences comprised of 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 words. For example, in 3-word Sentence Building mode, there is a large color photo inside a square at the center of the screen. The picture provides the concrete example on the basis of which the student can construct the phrase or sentence. Three words, each in a rectangle, appear randomly on the top half of the display. The words are all four letters or fewer. At the bottom of the screen are three empty rectangles side-by-side. The child must recognize the correct sentence, then drag the first word of the sentence to position one, the second word to rectangle two, and the last word to position three. Words dragged to the wrong position will not be accepted. Having successfully dragged all the words into place, the app plays music or an appropriate sound effect. At the same time, the three rectangles become one long rectangle, joined into a new entity: a sentence. Touching the words or picture reads the sentence or phrase aloud, e.g. "Sam sat up."
Neuropsychologist Dr. Jeannine Herron in her book, Making Speech Visible, uses research to show the value of encoding by stating, "Children first need to construct their own words before reading words someone else has constructed." The Sentence Building mode uses this principle and applies it to sentences. If children benefit from building words before reading words, then they will probably benefit from building sentences before reading them.
In 3-word Sentence Reading mode of the app, the large illustration square is blank. Three words are already occupying each of the three rectangles below. Here, students must read the 3-word sentence aloud. They may choose to check their answers as they progress by touching each word to hear it aloud. Having completed the exercise, the learner can touch the empty square to view the illustrative picture and hear the phrase or sentence aloud, e.g., "The pup runs."