Monday, June 6, 2016

MaxScholar



The MaxScholar Reading Intervention Programs  from MaxScholar offer students a wide variety of activities to improve reading skills. The multi-sensory, multi-level program blends activities to build reading, writing, comprehension and math skills. MaxScholar has specifically created these programs to help students with Dyslexia, ADHD, learning and processing disorders, or struggling readers needing extra help.

For the purposes of this review I was given a 1 year subscription to MaxGuru. The MaxGuru Pack includes the following programs:
  • All MaxPhonics
  • All MaxReading
  • All MaxWords
  • All MaxMusic
  • All MaxPlaces
  • All MaxBios
  • All MaxVocab
MaxPhonics teaches phonics. Phonics are the building block for reading. Videos, drills, handwriting practice, and fun games will work on letters, blends, and digraphs. Based on the Orton-Gillingham method. 

MaxReading based on the Lindamood-Bell process, your student will learn strategies to improve reading comprehension.

MaxWords focuses on spelling. Decoding words and identifying prefixes, suffixes, as well as their roots from Latin and Greek. 

MaxVocab engages the student using games. 

MaxBio gives the student the opportunity to read biographies while integrating important reading skills. 

MaxMusic utilizes music and games to work on memory, recognition, and auditory skills. For the student resistant to working on their reading skills this may be a creative way to get them engaged.

MaxPlaces takes your students around the world while helping them improve their reading. 

Lets take a look at some of the great stuff that MaxGuru has to offer. Your student will start off by taking a pretest which helps the program figure out exactly were your child is. MyMax gives recommendations as to where in the program your child should begin. This is not a "set in stone" placement, it is only a recommendation. As your child works you can advance or go back a few steps in order to find the perfect placement for your child. 

In Level 0 the child looks at a picture and is asked to answer questions based on observation.



The child is asked to look at a picture and focus on:
  1. What is going on in the picture?
  2. Where is it happening?
  3. What sounds or movements might you hear?
  4. What shapes and colors do you see?
  5. Look for details in the picture.

The child is asked these multiple choice questions and asked to click on the right answer.
  1. What is the topic of the picture?
  2. What is the main idea of the picture?
  3. What important details are seen in the picture?
  4. What can you say about what may happen?
My 2nd grader actually had fun with this program. She doesn't particularly like to read so this make daily reading a bit more fun. I like that she not only got practice reading but then through the activities was able to work on comprehension, details, vocabulary, spelling, and so much more. 

In MaxReading one of the skills that your child will learn is to read through a story and using electronic highlighting they will pick out the topic, main idea, and important details within the text. The program automatically scores you student as they progress. They will also answer comprehension question on the passage. After completion your students score will be displayed with a breakdown of their scores along with a final grade. At this point your student has the choice to look at the right answers for the question they got wrong, redo the chapter, or move on the the next chapter. 

My 4th grader found this particular activity to be somewhat challenging. My daughter is an avid reader but we have never focused on picking out topic, main idea, and details in a story/passage/paragraph. I was very excited to see this skill. I plan of having my daughter work through this program throughout the summer to better prepare her for the upcoming school year. 


In Level 1 of MaxReading my second grader read a passage and completed multiple activities. Hangman was used to practice vocabulary. For example:

The definition is:
free from faults....

The answer is:
perfect.


With the 13 levels of difficulty in MaxReading you are sure to find just the right fit for your student. MaxScholar utilizes relevant material to ensure that they are able to engage the students interests, ages, and levels of difficulty. For the struggling reader there is a read-aloud feature. As your student progresses to reading independently this feature can be used part of the time in order to prevent brain fatigue and frustration. 

My 4th grader spent a bit of time in MaxMusic but what not really interested or impressed. 

In MaxBio my daughter learned about great people in history while working on all of the same skills that she learned using MaxReading.


These are just a few of the many things that my kiddos explored while reviewing MaxScholar. There is so much to explore within the MaxScholar MaxGuru program that I feel like we have only begun our exploration of the site. MaxScholar truly has something to help engage every student. Whether you spend ten minutes or two hour a day within the program your student will come away having gained steps forward in their academic journey. 

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