Proven to Strengthen your Child’s Pronunciation, Reading Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension
“I love the fact that they keep the scores of her reading comprehension and words per minute”
Sara was behind on reading. I can not tell you the amazing difference Reading Assistant has had on her! She went from not wanting to read her small “Sam sat on the mat” books to chapter books!! She LOVES the fact she can go back and listen to herself read!! I love the fact that they keep the scores of her reading comprehension and words per min. She can see the numbers and goals which helps her motivation!!
This is the best home-school product I have EVER bought!! I cry with happiness when I hear Sara read to me!!
– Melodie G. Homeschooler
Every child benefits from reading practice as it’s critical for improving reading fluency and comprehension, especially when it’s combined with immediate support and feedback from a tutor.
A Reading Tutor for Every Student: Reading Assistant Plus is the ONLY reading program that uses speech recognition that “listens to children as they read out loud”, intervenes when they struggle or mispronounce a word by saying the word correctly, thus providing help at the very moment it’s most effective.
It also automatically scores children’s oral reading, No other program or e-book provides comparable real-time guidance and feedback.
It’s like having a personal guided reading tutor available 24/7!
Reading Assistant Plus Overview
These results are unprecedented. We have been searching for a solution that would work for every student and [Reading Assistant] has met our needs and exceeded our expectations.
– Denise Maresco District Literacy Program Director, Chelsea School District, MA
“An exciting new program, [Reading Assistant], … exploits the newest speech recognition technology to improve fluency…”
“I urge parents of dyslexic children to make fluency training — repeated oral reading — their number one priority… It requires little time and minimal expertise, and it invariably works.”
Sally Shawitz, “Overcoming Dyslexia”
Track reading progress with before and after recordings
The student’s reading progress is tracked. Their initial reading ability is recorded and can then be played back to them later, so they can personally witness their own progress.
How well would a one-on-one reading coaching program work for your students – even if they could just use this as a “home reader” and you could overview their progress from anywhere at any time.
Never miss a teachable moment
Reading Assistant is the only online reading aloud tool that uses speech recognition to support and correct students as they read aloud – never missing a teachable moment. No other e-book or program provides comparable support. With the help of a supportive listener, students build reading fluency and comprehension.
How Reading Assistant Works
- When a student has difficulty reading a word, Reading Assistant intervenes by pronouncing the word if the student does not self-correct. View a diagram of how Reading Assistant works.
- After completing a passage, questions measure literal and inferential comprehension. See sample comprehension questions.
- Reading Assistant uses the best practices of guided oral reading instruction, the gold standard for building fluency.
What Reading Assistant Does
Builds better readers: students improve reading level 50% beyond expected gains.
Saves you time: it automatically assesses and tracks words correct per minute (WCPM) and reading comprehension for teachers!
Provides an unbiased listener to every student: even hard-to-engage students will practice reading aloud, always without judgment.
Dramatically improves reading fluency, the critical bridge to comprehension.
What is Reading Fluency?
Fluent readers can read words in text accurately and effortlessly, and with appropriate expression. Reading fluency is the key to comprehension, according to literacy scholars, such as Dr Timothy Rasinsky, a recognised reading fluency expert.
In his paper, Supportive Fluency Instruction: The Key to Reading Success, Dr Rasinsky details a three step process to develop fluency in students:
Good reading fluency is modeled for the student.
Students get reading assistance – they read aloud to a proficient reader who listens and gives feedback.
Students read a text several times with feedback until their fluency improves.
How does Reading Assistant teach fluency?
Reading fluency is the ability to decode words easily and accurately, recognise words with automaticity, and read aloud text with prosody. Instead of reading word by word, fluent readers focus their attention on the meaning and the message of the text. Reading Assistant builds fluency by providing the following:
Models: Each selection contains a fluent audio model.
Pronunciation support: The program intervenes with pronunciation if the student needs it.
Oral practice: Students read aloud each passage a minimum of two times.
Review: The program highlights words the student mispronounces during each oral reading.
Feedback: The program reports words correct per minute (WCPM), the standard measure of reading fluency.
How does Reading Assistant teach comprehension?
Multiple Reading Assistant features support the development of reading comprehension:
Think About It prompts and questions support students’ larger understanding and appreciation of what they read. They direct students’ attention to meaning, message, and vocabulary in the course of reading with reading strategies such as these: using prior knowledge, identifying a purpose, predicting, making connections, visualising, monitoring and clarifying, retelling, summarising, using context clues for meaning, and asking questions.
Quizzes after each selection that assess mastery of comprehension skills such as inferences; sequence; story events; theme; character traits; figurative language; important information; compare and contrast; author’s point of view; fact and opinion; diagrams, charts, graphs; cause and effect; and main idea.
Quiz questions that assess four levels of knowledge: literal, inferential, evaluative, and analytical.
How does Reading Assistant support vocabulary?
- Increased print exposure has a direct relation to developing students’ vocabulary knowledge, because written text presents more words than readers can learn through oral language. The added reading practice that students get with Reading Assistant contributes to a student’s overall print exposure and vocabulary knowledge in a number of ways:
- Audible syllabification
- A Glossary feature that removes the barrier of unfamiliar words by enabling readers to click on underlined words to hear the pronunciation and dictionary at the moment the word is encountered in a passage. This approach has been shown to be one of the best ways of anchoring new vocabulary words in a student’s memory.
- A Did You Know? feature that includes word background, Latin and Greek roots, other meanings or uses of words, cognates from Spanish and other languages, and fun facts to deepen vocabulary acquisition.
- Passages from both informational text and literature that expose students to a broad range of vocabulary words at every reading level.