Teachers and parents all over the world use Speed Reading with Edi the giraffe as a funny and effective method to improve the reading skills of their kids.
It is very easy:
Edi the giraffe displays words for a fraction of a second. The aim is to recognize them correctly without sounding them out letter by letter. The level, speed and part of speech can comfortably be adjusted to the level of the child.
The app is based on the 500 most common english words. It is developed for parents and their children as well as for schools.
*** Why Sight Words? ***
At the beginning of the reading process a kid reads a word letter by letter. Then it combines these letters to a meaningful expression. Later, they do that without sounding out letter by letter.
The transition from the first to the second phase causes problems for many children. This is where this app helps.
Here, the child has no chance reading each word letter by letter in the short time the word flashes. This is why this whole-word method is often used as a training in schools to improve the reading speed of the children. It is especially helpful for children with dyslexia.
*** Game modes ***
Teacher mode: here you can accompany the child. You sit beside the kid and check the words it tells you by yourself.
Single player mode: here you let the child work alone. The kid writes the flashed word into a textbox and the app automatically checks the given answer. Here the child also practices the spelling of the 500 most common words.
The more successful the child is, the more rewards and animals it finds.
*** Settings ***
- words per round: 10-40
- speed: 2s - 0.02 seconds
- part of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, particles or all together