Multisensory teachers and researchers for many years have known that the English Language is the most difficult of all alphabetical languages and research has strongly shown that a multisensory method of seeing, hearing and writing in the same font will greatly solve the problem of teaching reading.
The multisensory method includes not only hearing and seeing the sounds and words, it includes using the tactile (touch) method. Many methods of multisensory and tactile learning are presented in The CompuRead Teacher's Manual.
CompuRead will open your eyes to the many strategies that make reading exciting to teach and learn. It will enlighten
you and your student as to why each facet of reading builds upon another to simplify and make reading organized and logical. It solves this age-old problem of how sight, sound and meaning are joined
together for the successful reading experience.
The authors of CompuRead recognize that phonics is a critically important tool in learning to read, and have written the stories in a phonetically oriented format. They are also keenly aware of the multisensory necessity of seeing, hearing, writing and spelling of words.
The CompuRead student also discusses the stories and surrounding activities which builds a strong foundation of learning, along with the character-building theme written into every story.
Phonetic Language. CompuRead begins with the short vowels and progresses through the many and varied phonetic steps. The CompuRead Method is highly attuned to the grade/skill level of each student. The sounding or key words used in each story are short and within the spelling vocabulary of the child.
The Following Learning Strategies are Used in CompuRead
looking at the lesson as a whole
examining parts of the lesson that lead to the whole before the lesson starts and after it is finished
exclusive teacher directed approach embedded within the lesson material
through the senses: ears, eyes, touch, movement
interacting with small groups
body actions combined with auditory
reading text and answering from the text
questioning – yes, no, who, where, when, why, how
How Learning Takes Place
CompuRead is designed to enhance the following time-honored principles of learning:
1. One step at a time. Reading skills are learned in a step-by-step manner. CompuRead is written with one skill building upon another in an organized continuum. This step-by-step presentation of reading skills is a teaching necessity for most students whose skill absorption takes place in this manner. CompuRead solves this step-by-step problem.
Phonetic sounds of English are taught sequentially, a few at a time, and put to immediate use in the accompanying story. A multi-syllable phonetic word is taught to give the student the heightened self-image of reading "hard" words, and practice in syllabication. The step-by-step phonetic structure builds confidence as each skill is absorbed before the next is taught.
2. Minute step-by-step organization is the key to learning. CompuRead establishes this goal from the first lesson to the last. It is recommended the student start at the beginning of the lessons, as the breakdown in phonics and reading comprehension may be with these early skills. This phonetic knowledge leads from three letter words and into sounding multi-syllable words.
3. Being able to comprehend a picture. The skills of problem solving, common sense logic and reasoning relating to the story and life are asked after every page of reading. The student gives answers orally to strengthen verbal skills and create the mental images necessary for high comprehension, recall memory and long-term mental storage.
4. Putting new knowledge to work immediately. After the first reading of the story, which establishes the overall story concept, the second reading introduces the phonics, sight words, phrases, vocabulary words and comprehension activities that are the foundation for complete understanding. After the third reading, the student is now able to confidently use his new knowledge to comprehend each story.
The seemingly lengthy format that precedes each story lesson has a significant purpose. It introduces the student to the story background through vicarious experiences and prior knowledge to feel confident when he/she reads the story independently.
5. Able to progress at individual rate. The student can work at his own pace. The lessons are narrated and viewed on the computer with no pressure to keep up with other students. The student can thoroughly review each lesson until his learning is well established before progressing to the next lesson.
6. Student does not practice error. Every lesson has the answers immediately following each lesson. The answers are printed in red. The student is discouraged from accessing them without first thinking about the answer. The answers are available to make certain his thinking is correct.
7. Motivation to learn produces enjoyment plus results. The activities are fun and at the same time, the student is very aware that the skills being learned are necessary to further his/her progression. As the student learns the skills in the story he is reading he realizes this will strengthen his power to use those skills, plus new ones in the next lesson.
8. Body Writing. All the phonics and spelling words can be produced by the fun activity of Body Writing, which involves the whole body from the eyes to the toes participating in the learning process.
9. Every child wants to be praised and rewarded for superior work. The teacher is made aware that lavish praise for work the child knows is not his best is poor teaching practice. Even children in kindergarten know when they have earned sincere praise.
10. Use All Five Senses. The story questioning is formulated to use every skill of comprehension which represents every sense. Teaching about the senses begins in the preschool activities from the earliest awareness of the student.
As the student works with CompuRead, he forms each sound and is visually displayed in a mirror as to how the parts of the head, mouth, teeth, jaw, tongue, lips and throat produce the sounds we speak.
11. Inner Feelings. Students talk about their inner feelings. They have the opportunity to share their own feelings, to say how they relate to the lesson or story, why their attitudes are what they are and the attitudes of the story characters. The stories are written to bring these feelings forward, as they relate to the joys experienced and problems to be solved by today's children.
12. Narration. The stories and activities are narrated with high definition broadcast quality audio. CompuRead provides the student with much practice in every story for sustained attention, to listen and learn from each narration, from Level 1 to Level 6. This continuous attention and practice, which increases in depth as the stories progress, strengthens weak attention skills.
13. Comprehension. The vital reading skills of blending, auditory and visual processing and word attack skills are taught from the first story and later speed and fluency are stressed. Many memory activities are involved with the stories and contribute to the comprehension. Three levels of comprehension are utilized; literal, inferential and critical.
CompuRead also uses picture comprehension skills of observation, description and interpretation to strengthen cognitive skills, or the processing of perception, memory, judgment and reasoning skills.
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