Knowledge Adventure has announced the availability of its Knowledge Adventure Reading Readiness program. Reading Readiness is a research-based, adaptive early reading system designed to help educators manage their students' individual literacy needs.
Knowledge Adventure Reading Readiness combines standards-based lessons, classroom management tools, and school-to-home materials that give teachers adaptive learning tools needed to build phonemic awareness and phonics skills for children in primary classes, according to the announcement.
Central to the design of the Knowledge Adventure Reading Readiness system are the interactive lesson sets that address many of the curriculum goals for language and early literacy identified in the federal Reading First program. With instruction organized around specific objectives, Knowledge Adventure Reading Readiness includes more than 70 lessons addressing 30 early reading skills, including letter and sound identification, word building, spelling, and decoding.
Lessons in Knowledge Adventure Reading Readiness include auto-leveling, and the software embodies a mastery learning approach to instruction. According to the announcement, this differs significantly from drill-and-practice programs in that students are measured systematically throughout their use of the product, so that complete mastery is attained and demonstrated by each student.
Knowledge Adventure Reading Readiness also offers a set of classroom management tools to help teachers track and guide student progress, communicate with parents, and more. One feature is the Teacher Control Panel, which allows teachers to organize the classroom and assign lessons in ways that are most appropriate for students' individual needs. Other classroom management tools include detailed progress reports, pre- and post-lesson analyses, multisensory lesson plans, and suggested classroom projects.
The program includes specially designed take-home readers, activity sheets, CDs and other skill-building materials to extend learning. Detailed progress reports and parent tips, available in English and Spanish, further foster parental involvement, the announcement states.
The Knowledge Adventure Reading Readiness program is available for purchase in four versions: single user, lab pack, site license, and network. The software is available on both Windows and Macintosh platforms. For more information, visit http://www.knowledgeadventureschool.com.
Source: Knowledge Adventure, http://www.knowledgeadventureschool.com