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 Getting Started: Welcome to a new and easier way to learn to read or improve your reading! Within a few minutes you will be able to use the “PQ App” , which is a kind of “real-time reading assistant”. Once you learn its few simple steps, you will be able to get the help you need, and get it right at the moment you need it the most.


 A: First please notice the “Back Arrow” button  at the top left corner of this page. It is always available on every page of the Magic Ladder Library. Clicking it will take you back to the last page you were viewing just before the page you are viewing now.

 B: Next click the “Help and Settings” button  located at the top right corner of this page. Please notice that you can use it to change my voice , to access the Main Library Indexes , and to access the Help Center . The “Help and Settings” button  is always available on every page of the Magic Ladder Library. The main thing to know, for now, is that you should click this button when you want to navigate the site or get help.


 C: Now please take a couple of minutes to learn these few simple steps that will teach you: how to use the PQ App.  



  The Magic Ladder Library: Now that you are familiar with using the PQ App and the two upper control buttons, look through the indexes of the Magic Ladder Library for stories that you might like to read. The main library page includes a menu organized by difficulty levels. Click the difficulty level that you think is best for you, and then click a link on that page to open a story or article that seems interesting. The PQ app will be there to help you with every word, in every story, and in every article, in the library.


You now understand the basic PQ App and how to find stories to read with it in the library. Feel free to get started and learn further as you go, OR, continue reading the rest of this page and learn about some of the many other ways the the Magic Ladder Library can help you improve your reading. 

 Read it to Me: Whenever you see this speaker button at the beginning of a line or paragraph, you have the option of clicking it to have the words read to you.  Don’t click it unless you really need it, as it won’t help you get better at reading.  Click for more about: Read it to Me  


Read it to Me for Flow: Speaker buttons can also appear at the end of lines, or paragraphs. Click them when you want to make sure that you have understood the paragraph, but only AFTER you have read it and used the PQ Pop-up on any words that you needed help with. Just listening to the paragraphs, and NOT using the PQ Pop-up, won’t help you read better! Click for more about: Read it to me for Flow 

In many stories instead of a speaker button at the start or end of passages you will see the X-Ray Reading button Button starts Read aloud with Xray-Phonics display of code in each word. X-Ray Reading is like a 21st century “bouncing ball” that highlights the inner structure of each word it bounces on. It makes possible a new way of learning to associate the visual patterns seen in written words with the sound patterns heard when they are spoken. Click here for more. Click the X-Ray Reading button to experience it on this paragraph.  


Stop and Learn Words: Sometimes clicking the 1st Speaker button will begin a stream of reading that will suddenly stop on words that are colored red. When the reading stops on a word, the word will blink. That means that you should click on it, and use the Pop-Up to help you read it. Click for more about: Stop and Learn Words

Personalizing Stories:  The first names of the main characters in many of the stories in the Magic Ladder Library can be replaced with any name you’d like. To make the stories use the name you’d like, click the Help and Settings button   and enter your the name in the “replace word” field. Click for more about: personalizing stories. 

Optional Power Features: There are many other powerful components of the Magic Ladder Library that could be helpful to you. You can learn more about them in the Help System  (available through the Help and Settings  button) and by clicking the “About the Magic Ladder” button  found on the Magic Ladder Library’s home page. 



You’ve already learned enough to get started. Just remember:

#1. You should always click on words that you don’t immediately recognize and understand (and then use the PQ Pop-up App to help).  

 #2. After each click, you should always try to read the word before clicking it again. The more you try to read the word in-between each click, the better you will get at recognizing the word before the pop-up reads it.  The more you do this, the sooner you will learn to figure out words without having to click on them.

#3. When you recognize a word, but don’t understand what it means, you should always click on the WordExplore  button and explore the word’s references until you do know what it means. 

#4. Clicking on the green speaker button will read the text for you. You should use the speaker button only when needed because your reading skills improve the most when you stop and use the PQ Pop-Up App to help you work out words for yourself.  


Using The PQ Pop-Up App With Other Websites

The purpose of the Magic Ladder Library is to teach you how to use the PQ App so it can help you improve your reading. If the machine you are using is a Windows or Mac desktop or laptop, or a Chromebook, and if you have Google’s Chrome Browser installed, you should install the PQ App. Once you install the PQ App into your device’s Chrome browser, you can use it on most popular web sites including: 


…and millions of others.

To install the Chrome browser extension, click the following button: 





More Information

You can learn all you need about PQs by just using the PQ Pop-up and paying attention to the way letters look and sound. However, if you are interested in learning the logic behind PQs, click here for a guided tour.


There are a number of other tools and resources that could help you improve your reading or deepening your understanding of reading challenges. Click here to access these additional tools and resources.