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Reading & Writing Level 3

In Level 3, the past tense - a form that is critical to effective retelling of events - is systematically introduced. The words at this level involve more advanced concepts, the stories are longer and extend over two books. Comprehension activities are introduced aimed at teaching children the vital skill of knowing how to summarize stories.

Level
New Words
New Words + Variants
Total New Words
New Books
3
62
177
239
6
Here is an example of teaching the word "think" through the Find and Fill format which teaches spelling. In teaching spelling, it's common to ask children to write the same word several times in a row. Unfortunately, this tends to be ineffective. It's important to get the child to focus in a more thoughtful manner. The Find and Fill format is designed for that purpose.

For example, as you can see with the word think, the child first sees a model of the word.
  Think
Then a set of incomplete words appears and the child is asked to find the one that can become the target word.   Following that, the child has to fill in the incomplete word to make it into the target word
Think 2   Think 3

Here is an example of teaching the super sight word "could" through the Replace the Space format. which gives children additional insight into the meaning and use of this special category of words. (Super sight words are a group of about 100 words - all of which are taught in the Reading Kingdom - which occupy 50%-60% of every page of text in the English language.) This format offers the target word and embeds it in a sentence where several of the other words have missing letters.
Could   Could 2
After the words are filled in, a graphic appears that illustrates the meaning of the sentence. Those 3

After learning all the words in a book, children are given the book to read and/or have read to them by the program. Level 3 has 6 books.

Here is a sample page from Book 17.
Book 17
Every other book is a fill in book that requires children to select and type words to complete the missing parts, so that they become more active participants in the reading/writing process. Here is a sample page from Book 18:   Once a child has filled in all the words, the shading is removed from the image and it animates.
Book 18 Book 18
In Level 3 children are given a comprehension section at the end of each book called Gleaning Meaning. This helps children to capture the "main idea," a critical aspect of reading.   Book 18

Key features of the books

  • All the books have engaging graphics, animations, sound effects and music.
  • Children are taught all the words in a book before beginning a book, so they can always read it successfully.
  • Children can click on any word to hear the word said aloud so they never have to face the frustration of not knowing what a word is "saying."
Length of time to complete
Typically one new word or one new book is offered in a session. Prior to teaching a word, the program determines if a child already knows that word, and if so, the program skips that word and moves on to the next word. As children become more proficient, they are taught two new words per session. Assuming 4 to 5 sessions a week, a level takes approximately 6-10 weeks to complete.
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