Teachers and parents all over the world use Speed Reading with Edi the giraffe as a funny and effective method to improve the reading skills of their kids.
It's really easy:
Edi the giraffe displays words for a fraction of a second. The aim is to recognize them correctly without sounding them out letter by letter. The level, speed and part of speech can comfortably be adjusted to the level of the child.
The app is based on the 500 most common english words. It is developed for parents and their children as well as for schools.
Optionally, one can also test German words.
*** Why Sight Words? ***
At the beginning of their reading process, children usually read words letter by letter. Then they combine these letters to a meaningful expression - a word. At some point they become faster and faster such that they are able to read the whole word without sounding out letter by letter.
The transition to this second phase causes problems for many children. This is where this app comes in.
Since here the words flash for only a fraction of a second, the pupil has no chance reading each word letter by letter. This is why this so-called whole-word method is often used as a training in schools to improve the reading speed of the kids. It is especially helpful for children with dyslexia.
*** Game modes ***
Teacher mode: here you can accompany the child. You sit beside the kid and check the words it tells you by yourself.
Single player mode: here you let the child work alone. The pupil writes the flashed word into a textbox and the app automatically checks the given answer. Here the child also practices the spelling of the 500 most common words.
The more successful the child is, the more rewards and animals it finds.
*** Settings ***
- words per round: 10-40
- speed: 2s - 0.02 seconds
- part of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, particles or all together
- language: English, German
- The iOS and macOS versions are now unified
- Optimizations of the design
- The goraffe is now movable
- Support for iPad split screen and Landscape mode