Education Featured Article
March 21, 2013
Interactive Reading App Encourages a Love for Reading Among Younger Generation
By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor
Harry Truman once said that “every reader is not a leader, but every leader is a reader,” and MindConnex, an award winning global provider of digital learning solutions aimed at the school education sector, also places a great onus on reading and believes in ‘catching them when they’re young.’
Targeting the Kindergarten and Grade 1 students, the digital provider launched the first six titles in their brand new product series of interactive phonics-based readers –the Word Monsters, meant to stimulate interest and bring home the pleasures of reading. These books use interactive animation, phonics and activities that will catch the attention of the young mind.
"Most introductory reading programs focus purely on covering the requisite decodable words with little attention given to themes or characters that truly engage children at this age-level," noted Michael Cordner, CEO at MindConnex.
However, Cordner claims that Word Monsters is different in that it “creates a series of decodable readers that not only helps young children learn to read, but engages and delights them, while kindling a lifelong love of reading."
A unique feature of the six titles is that although they have been developed to address each of the main strands of U.S. Common Core State Standards: literature, foundational Skills, and language, there’s nothing really pedagogic about them.
Fun activities at the end of every book tend to lighten the task of reading and at the same time place an emphasis on vocabulary, phonics, sight words and reading comprehension, without actually appearing to do so.
An animated ?Reading Buddy," a narrative environment and high quality visuals featuring five quirky monster characters appeal to children, and what is typically an arduous task turns out to a rich and pleasurable occupation.
Whenever there’s a difficult or a new word, children can decode or ‘sound out’ these words by merely touching them. For keener learners there’s always the interactive screen elements, character bubbles and speech bubbles that add some extra words and encourages richer reading.
In an age, where reading seems to be receding into the shade, the MindConnex initiative could well pave the way for a future society that can enjoy the boundless pleasures that only reading can bring.
Edited by Brooke Neuman
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