This section provides examples of software programs that address
specific literacy skill development. Such as letter and word recognition,
comprehension and phonics.
Balanced literacy programs look to integrate writing and reading
activities in elementary classrooms. Thematic units provide the
content for both guided and independent activities for learning.
Technology is seen as an integral support in these programs.
Bailey's Book House (Edmark)
Some early software programs work on pre- and early reading language
skills which focus on letter identification, word patterns, rhyming
and early sound to letter associations. Children learn best when
words are used within a context.
An Ocean Adventure (Edmark)
Other software programs focus on the development and assessment
of reading skills at different grade levels. Reading activities
include recognizing, building and comprehending hundreds of new
words used in context. These programs are good for reading practice
and portfolio assessment.
Simon Spells It Out
(Don Johnson, Inc.)
Software programs are available that focus on the development or
strengthening of specific skills used in reading, including phonics,
decoding words, sounding out words, parts of speech, spelling, etc.
Series of activities for elementary students designed to teach phonological
awareness skills through an interactive educational game format
Lexia's phonics-based interactive reading programs are designed
facilitate the acquisition of decoding skills. Includes a Quick
Reading Test to help identify specific skills to work on.
With the easy-to-use Writing with Symbols word processing program,
students who cannot read can follow the pictures that accompany
any reading passage.This reading assistance program shows symbols
of words above the actual written text and also speaks the picture/words
Writing with Symbols (Don Johnston, Inc.)