MaxScholar has created MaxScholar Reading Intervention Programs designed to help students with Dyslexia, ADHD, processing problems or simply those having trouble learning to read. We reviewed
MaxGuru which gave us access to the entire MaxScholar program.
I used this with 2 of my children, Shiloh age 11 and Canyon age 14. We were able to try out the MaxPhonics, MaxReading, MaxWords, MaxMusic, MaxBios, MaxVocab, and MaxPlaces. That is a lot of MAX!
There was a pre test to place the kids where they should be, however I didn't feel that it was very accurate. It put my 11 year old in Kindergarten, and I know she is a much better reader than that. I didn't think that the pretest was able to accurately place the student.
Let's start with MaxReading. First you are given a picture to observe and asked to take in all of the information you can on the picture and then proceed to the questions. You are given a series of questions where you choose the correct answer. The picture is still visible, and there is an option to click on the sound button for them to read the question and answers to the student (very important for a student who struggles with reading).
MaxPhonics is great for the younger set. It goes through each sound, blend and digraph. There is some flexibility in what you work on, based on your needs.
Using the visual, tactile and auditory senses, the student is able to process the way they learn best. I really love this way of getting the sounds to stick for the student.
Another aspect I really loved was that you can choose MaxReading or MaxPhonics on the homepage, and it will either start you at the beginning, or take you to where you left off. Sometimes it is hard for kids to keep track of where they left off
I really enjoyed MaxWords and thought it was better suited to my older children. Topics include, Clover (syllables), Spelling Rules, Prefix and suffix, Latin roots, and Greek roots.
Now here is where I really wanted my children to focus. Some of those rules, and word problems that we tend to run up against. I even tried MaxWords out myself, and it was a challenge at times for me. I think this section is excellent reinforcement for some of the achievement tests the kids have to take.
We looked at MaxArtist, but most of them are not artists we recognize. The premise is you chose an artist, and a song from them. You read the lyrics and then play a game with them. You can locate verbs in the lyrics, find missing words from the lyrics, or play it on the game piano.
MaxVocab was pretty intense. There is a lot of information in this section. It takes the words that have been learned in the reading section. You can utilize the dictionary here in MaxVocab. You can choose which book from the reading to go over. It gives you the definition, puts the word in a sentence, as well as showing its antonym and synonym.
MaxBios is an assortment of biographies of important men, women, athletes, artists and more.
MaxScholar has a lot to offer, and a huge variety!
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