Last week, I was able to review a new app for beginning reading skills.
The App is called Rhyme to Read and I highly recommend it!
It is a program that focuses on sight words and word families. "The program emphasizes word families which are color-coded to assist children in discriminating the different patterns." (www.rhymetoread.com)
The only things your students need to have prior knowledge of are letters and letter-sound connections. Some sight word practice may be needed, but with the way the list goes, it's easy to teach the words throughout the week.
Here's how it works:
You start on the home screen. As of right now, there are 20 stories to choose from. If you start this program at the beginning of the year, start with book 1.
There are 4 stories for each vowel and you can work on each book as long as you need. Students can "level up" when they have fluently read the story to you with no prompting.
The stories start off simple. On the left page, there is a list of words that they students must read. These words have the word family words listed and their endings are all the same color.
On the right side, you have the words put into a sentence. The sight words that will be used are in the box at the top right. Also, as you touch each word it can be read back to you. Your students have the choice of reading themselves or having the book read to them. Another great idea to help boost confidence in reading!
As word families are added, notice that each family has their own color in the sentences. Also notice that the sight words are still in the box at the top right, but not all sight words are listed. The sight words are only listed the first few times that the words are in the book and then they are gone. Students should be reading them fluently by the time they get to a different book.
Example: The word AND is in book 1. Students should have fluently read book 1, including the sight word AND before moving to book 2. So by book 5, and should be easily read.
My favorite part of this App is the reading list at the end. Each book has a progressive list at the end of it that shows the sight words from that book and the ones past. What a great way to keep up with a word list book for the students.
I already do word books and my mind has been on overdrive thinking of activities to go with this chart!
I highly recommend this APP for beginning readers. I am already planning on incorporating it into my small group time next year, during Daily Five! And maybe even part of the Listen to Reading Daily.
It's so easy to use and easy to navigate!
You can buy 1 book at a time for $.99 or you can get the whole set for $9.99.
I think the $9.99 is a great deal for something you can use ALL year long, plus some!
Right now, there are just the 20 readers, however, more are in the works.
This is also an easy app that your students could use on their own (during D5 or intervention).
I personally only had one downside...this program was designed for iPads with iOs6 or higher. I did not have any iPads at school that could download it. They were 1st generation iPads and could not update past iOs5. Ugh! Technology! But, I was able to use a personal one and get it going for the review and it worked just fine! So make sure you have an updated iPad before buying!