North Salt Lake, UT (PRWEB) April 09, 2014
On March 28, 2014, Reading Horizons launched Version 6.0 of its literacy development software, Reading Horizons Discovery™, enhancing what was already a highly successful and popular product with features designed to help teachers and engage students. A number of new features were added, including the Common Core Report, the Vocabulary Preview Tool, the Clubhouse Store, and three mini-games.
Currently, 44 states as well as the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Instruction in Reading Horizons Discovery was already aligned to over 90% of the CCSS for foundational reading skills in kindergarten through third grade, but now with the new auto-populating Common Core Report in the administrative side of the software, teachers will be able to efficiently monitor student performance and progress and identify which standards are or are not being met.
The other major feature added to assist teachers is the Vocabulary Preview Tool. Using this feature, teachers can project the vocabulary being learned to the whole class and have students spell and decode words alongside their peers.
On the student side of Reading Horizons Discovery Version 6.0, there are now even more fun and motivating activities. Via the new Clubhouse Store, students will be able to customize their “Clubhouses”—the starting point from which all software instruction and activities begin—with items that reflect their individual personalities. Students can purchase wall coverings, rugs, furniture and more in the Clubhouse Store with “coins” they’ve already earned for completing elements of the software.
Three entertaining mini-games were also added to the software to give students a short break during assessments and long stretches of instruction. The new mini-games are designed to increase and maintain student engagement with the program as well as provide students with another way to earn coins.
Given the past successes with the earlier versions of Reading Horizons Discovery, company president Tyson Smith is understandably excited about the launch of the new software. “The latest version of the Reading Horizons Discovery software represents the finest digital learning program that Reading Horizons has published in our 30 years of business. I am extremely proud of our team and the work that has been done over the past few years to bring this tremendous literacy tool to market.”
About Reading Horizons:
Founded in 1984, Reading Horizons provides teacher training, teacher’s manuals, and interactive software that empower teachers to effectively teach beginning readers, struggling readers, and English Language Learners. By learning the core of the Reading Horizons framework (The 42 Sounds of the Alphabet, Five Phonetic Skills, and Two Decoding Skills), students have all of the skills they need to read the vast majority of words in the English language. The Reading Horizons program is currently offered in over 10,000 schools across the country. Follow Reading Horizons at http://www.readinghorizons.com.