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MaxScholar A Reading Intervention Program {Review}

 

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Y’all know I have been at my wits end trying to get my daughter to learn her letters and sounds. I haven’t given up hope yet, but gosh it’s frustrating to work on a letter for days and get no where.  Recently we have been reviewing Maxphonics  which is one of the Reading Intervention Programs from MaxScholar.

Before agreeing to participate as a reviewer for this program (because I really don’t want to frustrate her even more with another reading program) I reviewed the website carefully. One of the things I was looking specifically for was a program that focused on letters and sounds and did it in a way that was engaging. This is where we are currently struggling so I didn’t want to waste our time working on more difficult skills.

After a thorough poke around, I felt like this program would fit the bill with what we needed.

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I immediately liked this program after logging in for the first time. I liked it because Madelyn felt successful with it.  She began her first lesson with a quiz to determine where she should be placed in the program.  We began at module 2, Alphabet. This module is where consonants and short vowels are taught.

We spent several weeks moving through the first few letters of the alphabet. We focused on letter identification, sounds, and writing.

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I liked how the lessons were short and sweet. They weren’t overwhelming and my daughter could get through them without feeling bored by the end. Most importantly she didn’t dread sitting down and working on the lessons.

To no fault of the program, we just didn’t get very far in it. I’m beginning to realize that either Maddie still isn’t ready for reading or she is having trouble processing. If her difficulties are because of the latter, this program is right where she needs to be. If it’s the former then I know I have to be patient and take a gentle approach to her learning to read.

MaxScholar uses the multisensory Orton- Gillingham approach to teach phonics, phonemic awareness, reading of words, fluency and writing.

If you are wondering “What is this Orton Gillingham you speak of?” I had to do some digging on my own to answer that same question. Orton-Gillingham was the first teaching approach specifically designed to help struggling readers by explicitly teaching the connections between letters and sounds.  This approach uses multiple ways to help students learn.  Students might learn a letter by seeing it, saying its name and sounding it out while writing it with their fingers.

The multisensory approach is definitely the reason I like this program so much.  For my wiggly child she needs her brain to be challenged in different ways. I like that they hear the sounds, say the sounds, identify the letters and then have to practice what they learned.

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While I love the approach to the lessons, one of my “beefs” with the program is {specifically for my child} that she did a great job getting through each letter lesson, but she struggles to retain the information. So we worked through the letters but then it advanced her on when technically she wasn’t ready. This of course wasn’t the programs fault, but in my perfect program world, there would be more scaffolding. Although as parents/administrators we have the ability to go back and re-do the lessons as many times as we want, so that’s what we did.

One of the aspects of this program that I really appreciate is the Parent/Administrative dashboard. You have the ability to check on your student’s status, move them up or back a level and see where they need work.

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I was even super impressed that you can even click on the letter to see how your student did with the writing portion.

With each group of letters, you practice word blending, sight words and fluency. This was a concept that we still are not ready for, so she hasn’t been successful with this part of the program yet.

 

Overall I really liked this program and see how effective it can be with struggling readers. We will continue to work on it through the summer in hopes that she will catch on.

If I had to choose something that the program was lacking, I would say encouragement. It’s a pretty straight forward program, and if you know me at all- I’m a pretty straight forward person, but everyone likes to hear “great job, or well done, or nice try” every now and then. But when you get something wrong in the lesson, at the end the only thing you see is “wrong” or “incorrect”. I think more positive reinforcement would be helpful.

Because we were so focused on Phonics we didn’t venture far into all the other components that MaxScholar has to offer, but just for funsies I hopped over to MaxReading to give it a gander. If you have a child that is reading but needs some help with reading strategies this would be a perfect starting place.

 

If you are interested in seeing what others on the Review Crew thought about the program, hop on over and browse around. This might be the perfect program to get your student back on track. 
Reading Intervention Programs {MaxScholar Reviews}

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