Merit Software Introduces Two Exciting New Reading Skills Programs: “Reading Comprehension Booster” and “Read and Respond Punch”

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Merit Software (http://www.meritsoftware.com), a leader in children’s educational software for over fifteen years, is pleased to announce the newest additions to their award-winning suite of reading comprehension titles, “Reading Comprehension Booster” and “Read and Respond Punch.” Designed for students in grades 3 to 5, “Reading Comprehension Booster” and “Read and Respond Punch” deliver essential skills in a user-friendly format

NEW YORK, NY, April 1, 2004 -- Merit Software (http://www.meritsoftware.com), a leader in children’s educational software for over fifteen years, is pleased to announce the newest additions to their award-winning suite of reading comprehension titles, “Reading Comprehension Booster” and “Read and Respond Punch.” Both provide the essential features and programs to help students, grades 3 to 5, increase and utilize their reading skills.

“Reading Comprehension Booster” uses a similar format to “Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Effective Reading”, Merit Software’s award-winning program for higher grades, but adapts it for younger students. It contains 120 reading passages and 1,320 questions. Emphasis is placed on thinking about word relationships and recognizing proper inferences, main ideas, and logical sequences of sentences.

“Reading Comprehension Booster” features six levels of increasing difficulty, with three main sections in each level: Tryout, where students can test their existing skills; Workout, which evaluates all skills using vocabulary, reading comprehension, word association and crossword puzzles; Final, where students are tested on new text passages. Special reward graphics plus a save and print option are included. The Teacher Program Manager allows teachers to evaluate each student’s progress and add comments to their individual program.

“Read and Respond Punch” combines reading comprehension and writing skills. It contains 15 topics and includes 1,050 help prompts to guide students through each step. There are three reading levels containing five reading passages, followed with multiple-choice questions testing the reader’s understanding of the passage. The program then guides the user in writing an answer to a question based on the passage. Learning vocabulary, comprehension, writing, organizing, revising, proofreading skills are the essential ingredients to each level.

“Read and Respond Punch” encourages students by providing graphic rewards for completed work and gives them the ability to save and print their progress. The Teacher Program Manager allows teachers to evaluate each student’s progress and add comments to their individual program.

All Merit Software is designed to provide the maximum amount of instructional detail with the least amount of extraneous content. Students receive immediate feedback and progress at their own pace. All programs have a straightforward presentation while using the highest level of learning and “interactivity” technology allows. “Reading Comprehension Booster” and “Read and Respond Punch” will be available in December for the Windows PC and will feature a Home version for only $27.00. School versions start at $89.00. For more information, go to http://www.meritsoftware.com. Merit also offers an attentive and professional support service.

“Reading Comprehension Booster” Facts

  • Part of Merit’s best-selling Reading Comprehension suite of educational software
  • Designed for grades 3 to 5
  • Contains 120 reading passages and 1,320 questions
  • Features six levels of increasing difficulty, with three sections: tryout, workout, final
  • Special “reward” graphics
  • Packaged with the Teacher Manager Program
  • Terrific price point for home use at 27.00
  • Professional support service available

“Read and Respond Punch” Facts

  • Part of Merit’s best-selling Reading Comprehension suite of educational software
  • Designed for grades 3 to 5
  • Contains 15 reading and writing topics and 1,050 help prompts
  • Teaches vocabulary, comprehension, writing, organizing, revising, proofreading skills
  • Special “reward” graphics
  • Packaged with the Teacher Manager Program
  • Terrific price point for home use at $27.00
  • Professional support service available

ABOUT MERIT SOFTWARE: Located in New York, Merit Software (http://www.meritsoftware.com) is a leading publisher of children’s educational software. For over fifteen years, Merit Software has put an emphasis on providing the core competencies for students of grades 3-12 and up. Merit Software is a favorite of educators, students and parents nationwide and is currently being used in thousands of educational facilities. Designed with an emphasis on ease of use plus maximum instructional content, Merit Software offers a comprehensive suite of products targeted for educational excellence.

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