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Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Schoolhouse Crew Review: MaxScholar
Teaching our children to read is one of the most important things we do as homeschoolers. It sounds like it should be easy, and sometimes it is. But more often it is a challenge for both the student and the teacher. Even after children start reading, they may have difficulties with reading comprehension. MaxScholar has created a program using a multi sensory approach and interactive games to help students improve their reading, language, and performance scores with their MaxScholar Reading Intervention Programs.
MaxScholar programs are designed for children to be able to use independently. It can be used on a computer or mobile devices by children ages pre-k through 12. They use research based methods such as Orton-Gillingham and Lindamood Bell that have been proven helpful for children with dyslexia, learning disabilities, processing disorders, and ADHD, but are also beneficial to any child learning to read. The program is systematic and adaptable to individual students age or need.
There are many different parts to MaxScholar. For beginning readers you can start with MaxPhonics, which uses a multi sensory approach to teaching the building blocks of reading. MaxReading teaches effective reading comprehension strategies for students who are below reading level. MaxWords teaches prefixes, suffixes, Latin and Greek roots, syllabification, and spelling rules. MaxMusic uses music and games to help students work on memory, recognition, and auditory skills. MaxVocab has thousands of definitions and interactive games to improve vocabulary. In MaxPlaces students choose a location, reads a passage about the location, and answers comprehension questions. MaxBios teach students about famous people by having them read short biographies.
MaxScholar is a subscription based product for one student for one year. Your subscription includes a user name and password that allows your child access anytime from anywhere, unlimited product support by phone or email, and tutorials to help navigate the program. Members of The Crew reviewed two different subscription offers from MaxScholar: The K-2 Pack and the MaxGuru Pack.
The K-2 pack ($99) includes:
Phonics I and II (Consonants and Short Vowels)
Phonics III (Consonant Blends)
Phonics IV (Digraphs & Trigraphs)
MaxReading Levels K, 1, and 2 (Reading Comprehension)
The MaxGuru Pack ($279) includes:
MaxScholar offers a free trial before you purchase. Visit this link to sign up for a free trial.