(KUTV) A Utah company has created software to make reading fun and interactive.
You can even try it at home.
“It not only helps them in reading, but it helps them in all subject areas,” Tracy Findlay, a teacher, says. Tracy Findlay is teaching her students the a-b-c's of reading with the help of the Reading Horizons Program. ”I think it's helped my students be able to find out the whys behind reading and why words work the way they do,” Findlay says.
Shantell Berrett, the director of training of Reading Horizons, is a former teacher herself. She says the program helps young students with the fundamentals of reading. “It’s not just understanding how to pronounce a word but really owning that word on a very deep level and understanding the way it looks, the way it sounds, the way it's used,” Berrett explains. “So we start with the direct instruction piece, which is the foundation of everything, where you've got that interactive, multi-sensory component with that teacher modeling and moving through the guided practice and all of those elements.”
The Reading Horizons Program has a couple of components. First, there is the academic component, the concepts kids learn in the classroom. Then there is software you can use at home. This allows the students to learn at their own pace.
For teacher Tracy Findlay, the skills her students learn will help them with other subjects in school.
“It transfers to math and science and social studies and I think it helps them throughout all walks of life and it's, I think, the most important part of education,” Berrett says.
Designers of the Reading Horizons Program say the software can help adults who are still struggling with the fundamentals of reading and writing.
For more information, go to www.readinghorizons.com
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