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has not really changed much over the last 100 years or so. In some
places the blackboard has turned into a white board. But the teacher
still stands in front of the class and lectures to the students. Yet
over the same period of time, technology has had incredible advances.
most kids are brought up with a computer.
So you would think that we could use the computer to teach,
are a number of programs out there that I have used to try and teach
reading. They are mostly the game type of learning that you play by
yourself and the computer corrects you. You spell the word and the
computer says ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
there is not very much out there that you can actually use to teach
the multimedia classroom and the computer hooked up to the TV, you can
now have a wide audience on the one computer.
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we start there are a few little things that you should NEVER EVER do
when you are teaching your children. It is very easy to destroy your
child’s confidence, so you have to be extremely careful in what you
say and do.
Always PRAISE your children whenever they do something correct,
and keep PRAISING them.
But if they make a mistake NEVER criticize them in any way, just go
back to the lesson again. A careless comment can throw your child
completely off her feet. Then it can take a long time to undo what a
careless comment has done.
This is very important, NEVER and I
mean NEVER ever criticize.
encourage your kids because they thrive on encouragement and it makes
them come alive.
is a motivation killer, and that is the last thing you want. Getting
kids motivated to learn is hard enough without destroying the kid’s
Also I’ll let you into a little secret. Your
kids do what you say. So if you say, “Your reading is terrible” or
“You will never learn to read” your kids will actually act out what
you say. And sure enough they will never learn to read, because you told
them they couldn’t.
PRAISE the good learning experiences and
say nothing about the bad times.
Kids are very sensitive to tones,
so be very careful which tone you use when making comments about your
kid’s reading. Your child will pick up the critical tones as easy as
if you said something.
NEVER ever make a sarcastic remake about
your child’s ability, because that cuts like a knife, and that is the
last thing you want.
we are on the subject of what not to do, add this one, NEVER, another NEVER EVER compare your kids to anybody, not even
their brothers or sisters.
that is very hard to do, but refrain as it can have a dramatic effect on
your child, making them feel they are not as good as their siblings. And
that effect can last a lifetime.
NEVER compare your child to other kids in
her class, who you have never met. That has a terrible effect on
the child, as they know the kid and you do not, and they might think
that is the worst kid in the class.
Be careful about what you say to your kid and how you say it.
What you say!! Can destroy the joy
of reading, and that is the last thing you want. So PRAISE, PRAISE and
more PRAISE, goes a long way to instill in your child the ultimate joy
Now Back To Learning To Read
experts all agree that you should read to your kids. They recommend
reading in bed before going to sleep, as well as reading at other times.
Time seems to be one of the major problems facing parents these days.
There are just too many distractions that use up this time. So we
multi-task. That is, we do two things at once.
the kids of the 21st century spending more time on the
computer than on books, I have been looking for a way to teach reading
using the computer. Now I think I have found it.
One very modern method of teaching reading is to
find a computer game that prints the conversation on the screen as
opposed to speaking it.
you listen to some computer game language you find it is very limited
and repetitive. But most computer games have very little writing other
than the instructions. You just play along while listening to the
you need a game where the written conversation is quite large and
one game that fits this bill, is the game “Aveyond”.
like this game as it can be used for little kids as well as older
students who have fallen behind.
graphics are very simple and very good and seem to appeal to younger
you look at the game the little figures in the game look like little
kids. But when the dialogue comes on, the faces are of older children
possible teenagers, so the game should interest both age groups.
you do not like the faces you can go to the Goodies
page and download a new set of faces for the characters. I like the
faces they have now. Therefore I never downloaded the new faces, so I
cannot tell you what they are like.
you can see from the screenshots below
The sentences are easy to
see and therefore very easy to read.
· On the background screen
the little figure could fascinate younger children.
· The face in the dialogue
box is of a teenager or young girl therefore attracting the teenage
· The graphics are very
enchanting and suit the theme of the game.
· The sentences are quite
short therefore easy to remember.
dialogue is very good, a bit simple, but on wide screen the words are
big so you can both see and read them together. Also some dialogues are
quite long so you can get in a good reading session before you have to
play the game.
Just keep reading and
hitting the spacebar until you run out of dialogue.
· Some dialogues are just
one sentence, but others carry on for a number of clicks of the
· As with all reading there
are many new words that you must explain. If the word is specific to the
game, say so, then the child doesn’t spend so much time learning that
When you are
walking around in the game and you meet another person, just hit the
space bar and a dialogue comes up.
young players are enchanted by the game, and I have had them ask me to
read the dialogues. Because they want to know what is going on in the
is not really a type of action game. Here you have to think about what
is going on and plan ahead a little bit. Also your actions in the game
can determine how the game ends.
One problem is you can’t go back with the dialogue.
I think this is a
problem, because if the student does not understand what is happening in
the dialogue, you cannot go back to re read it. If there is a way to go
back I have not found it yet.
this way is very helpful. As you are given instructions as well as
background information, so you have to understand what is going on.
the reading part is not continuous and only one person speaks at a time
so there is only one dialogue on the screen at one time.
the dialogue is set as part of the game, the kid does not get distracted
or bored easily. You have to read the dialogue as part of the game to
understand what is going on. But I must admit I can get quite bored just
waiting for the kid to finish playing so the dialogue will come on
the kid has a problem playing the game and does not know what to do, you
can download the complete
walkthrough from the Amaranth Games website.
you can read the walkthrough and tell the kid where to go. That will
save a lot of endless walking around the beautiful towns and villages.
As with all reading, you must use your finger to point to the
word you are saying.
Here you can use the mouse curser under the words, only on small screen.
On full screen there is no mouse curser. You must always point to the
word so the kid knows what sound means what word.
I use the rubber end of a pencil
as this will not damage
the screen. If you have a flat screen be extra careful as you are not
supposed to touch the screen.
A bustling western city
the game uses some very old English words for names, I have to use
phonetics to sound out the words. I think they are using Gaelic or old
Irish for the name of towns and some people.
You must control the space bar.
Or the kid could keep
clicking through the dialogue, just to get back to the game. To move
through the dialogue, you just have to hit the space bar.
you can’t go back once you have clicked on the dialogue then it is
finished. So make sure you control the
game and after the kid has read the sentence move onto the next
sentence. This way the kid has an incentive to read, so they can get
back into the game.
of Rhen wandering around the great eastern city, Veldarah.
would recommend just reading for about
20 minutes, as some experts say our concentration span is about
experts haven’t watched kids play computer games, because then the
attention span can last for hours.
the reading breaks up the game, as most segments of the game are not too
long. Then the kid has a bit of a break between readings.
time the kid could lose interest in the game. If this happens just read
for about 15 minutes then let them play by themselves.
you are teaching reading this way it is a good idea to try and juggle
between work and play. If you have too much work and not enough play,
the kid could become disinterested quite quickly, and then they might
not want to play the game again.
them have their time to play the game. Also after a while the kid could
stop and ask you what the dialogue says, as they are interested in
finding out what is going on in the game.
play and work is one of the bases of learning. Most kids should learn
more if they are playing a game, as opposed to sitting behind a desk
listening to the teacher drone on.
The Montessori teaching method is based on playing. The kids do things by themselves or in groups, which is slightly different from the standard teaching method of the classroom.
Montessori Method of teaching writing and reading has been teaching
children for over a hundred years. It is still going strong today because
it has stood the test of time.
If your child is getting left behind in writing and reading. Then this is the program you are looking for.
play and learn approach is behind some adult games. Like the “Rich Dad
Poor Dad” game that teaches you about real estate investing, while you
are playing a game similar to Monopoly.
Where are you my
the secrets and passions of Aveyond.
timeless place in an enchanted country.
the adventures of ‘Rhem,’ a very attractive young girl, as her life
takes her on many a quest.
Find out why she is suddenly taken from her quaint, beautiful little village, ‘Clearwater.’ A village in the clouds surrounded by waterfalls and cliffs.
suddenly end up as a slave in a family with a horrid little arrogant
time in another beautiful town, ‘Ghalarah.’
don’t know where they get the names from, but they are as beautiful as
suddenly she is a sorceress or sword singer and is in now in the big
city of ‘Veldarah.’
you get into ‘Veldarah’ check it out. It is another beautiful place
with beautiful graphics.
is only the beginning. Now for the rest, download the game and check it
out for yourself.
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