Reading Magic

LQ: 8.4

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Brain grade: 9.0
Fun score: 7.8

Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 4–7 Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

 

 

 

Reading Magic is a early-level reading app designed to help users learn how to listen, speak, and read with more efficiency. The listening part of the app takes individual letter sounds and combines them into a word, while the speaking portion allows users to “segment”  words, or speak the sounds that make up the word. The third section is reading, where users must combine their combination and segmenting skills learned in the first two activities to read a word. Though it contains three different activities, Reading Magic is very simple education app. Most words are only three or four letters, making the app best suited for children between the ages of four and seven — especially those who have a particularity hard time with reading out loud, spelling, and vocabulary. Reading Magic will more than prepare users for the content they will learn in preschool and kindergarten.


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this app is good for kids who need help with:

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in our mind while working. Following directions.

Reading Magic makes great use of the working memory. One thing in particular the app does well is it's use of the scaffolding technique. Scaffolding implies building upon prior and learned information. Therefore, when users complete the listening portion of the app, they are ready for speaking, then finally reading. Users will find similar words and sounds during their time with the app, and they will begin to associate sounds with words and images. The images are helpful, too. Especially during the reading exercise, the images function like hints. If user cannot recall the letter sounds, they can click on the blank canvas, which will reveal an image. From past experience, they will likely know what the picture is of. Now they can read the word aloud. For children who are not high level readers, Reading Magic is definitely an asset.

Flexibility

Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

There are certain elements of Reading Magic that lend themselves directly to the flexibility thinking skill. For example, within the listening, speaking, and reading portions of the app, there are sections that specifically target "a" words, "e" words, "i" words, "o" words, "u" words, double letter words, and a shuffle mode. Obviously the shuffle mode is best for the flexibility, as users will have to adapt their reading or listening strategy as each new word is introduced. However, even by alternating between the individual vowel games, users can put their flexibility thinking skills to the test. Users should embrace the unpredictable nature of shuffle, as the variation is perfect for users who need to think more flexibly while learning basic reading skills.

Reading

While users won't be reading passages or even sentences in Reading Magic, they will be learning the foundational skills necessary to become a good reader. Reading Magic is more concerned with teaching phonics and phonemic awareness. But a solid understanding of phonics allow users to develop as readers, public speakers, and dialogue. Clarity of expression and persuasion require a throughout understanding and mastery of these early-level reading skills.

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