Click to Read: Life Skills consists of four entertaining, colorful, related stories which use SymbolStix to build vocabulary, encourage early literacy and support comprehension. Students can hear the story read to them in a cause and effect mode, expand meaning of text and picture symbols in an interactive mode, and can then demonstrate their understanding by arranging the symbols to retell the story in any of three reading levels. Each story also comes with three Show What You Know activities - Bingo, Concentration and Vocabulary practice.
Use this program's structured format to design writing activities for students by guiding them through planning, organizing and preparing a first draft. Both graphic and outline formats assist in the writing process. Writing genre templates available.
Picture It helps emerging, beginning and struggling readers with approximately 6,000 Literacy Support Pictures. Picture It software has evolved to version 4, which includes text-to-speech, easy importing.
Use this program with students who read and write more efficiently with word/picture associations. Pictures automatically appear when a word is completed. Additional pictures can be added.
WordTalk is a free plug-in developed for use with all versions of Microsoft Word (from Word 97 upwards), which may help people with reading and writing difficulties use Microsoft Word more effectively. It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary to help decide which word spelling is most appropriate. It sits in a user's toolbar and is configurable, allowing users to adjust the highlight colors, the voice and the rate of speed of the speech.
Use these programs to support planning and organization. Kidspiration is the younger-child friendly version of Inspiration which is appropriate for intermediate grades through adults. Both programs provide graphical webbing and outlining tools with text-to-speech support for review of plans or outlines. Outlines can be exported in several forms for transcription.
ABC Animals provides a wonderful set of interactive flashcards that aid in teaching young children to recognize, say and print English alphabet letters. Intuitively scroll between cards with the flick of a finger. Fun and engaging animal illustrations help to keep learning ABC's fun! Audio accompanies each card providing a letter name, associated animal name and the phonetics for each letter. The best selling full version of ABC Animals has over 90 original animal illustrations and picks up where ABC Animals Lite leaves off, presenting the full alphabet from A to Z.
Use this reading software to provide word + picture support to emerging readers and writers. Pictures appear automatically as a word is written. Students can also hear the their story read aloud.
Develop core vocabulary for reading and introduce word combinations though these interactive software programs which encourage choice making. Young children enjoy selecting a picture directly on the screen when using a touch screen. Switch access is also available.
This program provides phonics, phonemic-awareness, and spelling activities to build students' core reading skills. Based on the 4-Blocks of Literacy model developed by Patricia Cunningham.