For 26 years Reading Horizons has helped struggling readers of every age and every background. Now with the release of the NEW Reading Horizons v5 software, this program has the strength to help even more students learn to read! Each day this week I will post content, video, and screen shots highlighting one of the features of the NEW Reading Horizons v5 computer software.
Day 1: Lessons
Day 2: Library
Day 3: Pronunciation Proficiency Tool
Day 4: Vocabulary Tool
Day 5: Administration System
The new Reading Horizons v5 software uses 68 lessons to teach students ages 10 to adult, the basics of reading. The lessons are designed to teach students the skills they need to build a solid reading foundation which will support successful reading in the future. Some examples of these lessons include:
• Lesson 17: Special Vowel Combinations
• Lesson 38: Many Jobs of Y
• Lesson 54: Digraph Words with Plural Endings
One of Reading Horizons v5 Lessons in Progress
The lessons in Reading Horizons v5 software use a marking system which is unique to Reading Horizons products. This marking system teaches students the skills they need to sound out (phonetic skills) and break down (decoding skills) the words in the English language. Here are examples of some words which have been marked with this system:
5 Phonetic Skills
2 Decoding Skills
In order to increase the effectiveness of the lesson material, Reading Horizons v5 takes a more student-centered approach than previous versions. Because many students learn at a different pace, administrators can now choose between three different student placement options: emerging, basic, and accelerated. These placement options will help teachers and administrators cater the lesson material to each individual, enhancing the success of each student.
Lesson Manager for Reading Horizons v5
Reading Horizons v5 responds to student needs by allowing students to personally adjust the following settings:
- Narrator- Male or Female voice
- Volume control
- Background color*
*Students who struggle with reading can benefit from changing the appearance of the screen, especially those with Visual Processing Disorders.
The new v5 software also caters to student needs by administering 6 chapter tests which evaluate each student’s strengths and weaknesses. Based on student performance on chapter tests, the software adjusts the lesson tracks to provide additional help when needed or less material when a student reveals he or she firmly grasps a concept.
By taking a more student-centered approach, Reading Horizons v5 lessons will positively improve the attitudes of students. Students will feel productive because they are not forced to spend time where they clearly do not need additional help. Because the program has become more flexible it can better respond to individual needs and help them feel successful and empowered.
This video highlights Reading Horizons President, Tyson Smith, thoughts on the new v5 computer software lessons:
Answer the following question in the comment section of this blog:
In the video clip Tyson Smith discussed the features of the v5 lessons which he is the most excited about. From reading this post, which feature are you the most excited about, interested or intrigued by?
Be sure to visit the blog again tomorrow to learn more about the feature new to Reading Horizons v5: the Reading Library.