Sunday, September 1, 2013

Mosaic Reviews - One Minute Reader

I jumped at the chance to review the One Minute Reader iPad App.

Out of my three boys I have one struggling and one reluctant reader. I gave all three the placement test and Level 5 was the best fit. (Side note - it is much easier to engage any of my three boys if the learning takes place on the iPad)

The One Minute Reader App is a product made by Read Naturally - which uses a combination of three research proven interventions to help struggling readers.

I tried it out myself just to get a feel for it and to anticipate any issues the boys might have with it. I was pleased to see that there was a detailed help file and navigation through the program was very easy. There were five sets of stories and I felt like we really lucked out with the topics.

Oldest LOVES anything weather related so 'Disasters' really worked well for him.   

Middle has discovered the Percy Jackson series and as a result 'Greek Mythology' was a perfect fit.

Youngest decided that Inventions was interesting.

   Once the user selects a collection, it will ask for their name-  type it and hit enter.

The next screen will show the five stories in the collection. Tap one and the 'Cold Read' starts with clear instructions. This is followed by 'Read Along' and 'Read Alone'. At the end is a 'Quick Quiz'.

The suggestion is to use the program at least three days a week and so that was what we did. Middle completed all of the stories in one day - despite my asking him to pace himself. He was happy to re-read the stories so no harm done and I think he liked competing against his own score.

Oldest liked that it defined and pronounced unfamiliar words. He also got a lot out of the Read Along. He is a very auditory learner and it really aids his comprehension to hear material while he is reading it. In fact he very often talks himself through his assignments.

Youngest hates reading aloud and it was hard to get him to participate at all. I think he liked the stories though.

All in all I believe this product is well worth the money. It is engaging and I have seen an improvement in Middle and Oldest in fluency after a month. I wish there were higher levels as Oldest is still working on remediation for his dyslexia and I believe this would be more engaging for him than a regular textbook.

The One Minute Reader App is free on iTunes with samples of the six levels - E, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  In App purchases are $2.99 each.  The One Minute Reader App for a certain level is $19.99. The App has built in reading placement. It will suggest a level after you child has read a few sentences.  Also there is a built in Help file that is very detailed and easy to navigate though I found the App extremely user friendly.

The One Minute Reader material is also available in print form. Check it out here.

I really like this product and we will continue to use it particularly for the older two. It is a great way to get reluctant or struggling readers to work on improving reading skills in a fun way.

Check out what other Mosaic Reviewers had to say about this product by clicking here.

Disclaimer/Disclosure: I was given use of this product for the purpose of obtaining my honest opinion. I received nothing else. This is my honest opinion. Please consider that every family is different and results may vary.

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