In an article in Education Week March 31,Jane Croom, a parent of two children from the original project, related a personal story: her 7th grade son, who began using the program in first grade, now writes extensively and types words per minute.
And this screen shows a simple story using only the storytellers the student has freed i. Thank you for gaining the interest of my son--and I am sure many children are like him--and for helping me teach him. I can't tell you for sure how my 7-year-old is doing as of yet, but he is really enjoying the process.
Later kids are shown sentences for a brief time, then it disappears and kids are asked to type it on their own. For example, many times in the past few years we did exercises where kids had to name the beginning, middle or end sound of words and they kind of grumbled when I asked them to do it.
On the next level, kids are presented with a picture and asked to type the word they hear. My kids really struggled with the lack of a clear beginning and ending for a lesson.
Our first few times trying, they just kept going and going until I finally realized how much time has passed — oops!
Reading Nonwords, 3. The program not only incorporates the most important principles of beginning reading instruction, but it has also brought them together in a package that is very engaging for children. We will use it as a part of our reading curriculum from now on.
This research suggests that if this approach were implemented widely, it could make a significant improvement in reading scores across the nation.