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Getting Started: Welcome to a new and much easier way to help your child or children improve their reading! Within a few minutes you will be able to show them how to use the “PQ App” , which is a kind of “real-time reading assistant”. It’s like “training wheels for learning-to-read” and a “safety-net for reading-to-learn”. Once they learn its few simple steps, they are able to get the reading help they need, and get it right at the moment they 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 .
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 your child might like to read. The main library page includes a menu organized by difficulty levels (Pre-K through Adult). Click the difficulty level that you think would be best for your child, and then click a link on that page to open a story or article that you think will interest them. The PQ app will be there to help them 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 your children improve their reading.
Read it to Me: Whenever learners see this speaker button at the beginning of a line or paragraph, they have the option of clicking it to have the words read to them. They shouldn’t click it unless they really need it, as it won’t help them 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. Learners should click them when they want to make sure that they have understood the paragraph, but only AFTER they have read it and used the PQ Pop-up on any words that they needed help with. Just listening to the paragraphs, and NOT using the PQ Pop-up, won’t help them read better! Click for more about: Read it to me for Flow
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 the reader should click on it, and use the Pop-Up to help them read it. Click for more about: Stop and Learn Words
Personalizing Stories with Your Child’s Name: The first names of the main characters in many of the stories in the Magic Ladder Library can be replaced with yourchild’s name. To make the stories use your child’s name, click the Help and Settings button and enter your child’s name in the “replace word” field. Click for more about: personalizing stories with your child’s name.
Optional Power Features: There are many other powerful components of the Magic Ladder Library that could be helpful to your children. 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.
TEACHING YOUR KIDS:
You’ve already learned enough to get started. The main thing you need to do is to make sure that you don’t do anything to cause them to feel ashamed of themselves while encouraging them to use the system as often as possible. The main things your child or children have to remember are:
#1. They should always click on words that they don’t immediately recognize and understand (and then use the PQ Pop-up App to help).
#2. After each click, they should always try to read the word before clicking it again. The more they try to read the word in-between each click, the better they will get at recognizing the word before the pop-up reads it. The more they do this, the sooner they will learn to figure out words without having to click on them.
#3. When they recognize a word, but don’t understand what it means, they should always click on the WordExplore button and explore the word’s references until they do know what it means.
#4. Clicking on the green speaker button will read the text for them. They should use the speaker button only when needed because their reading skills improve the most when they stop and work out words for themselves.
Using The PQ Pop-Up App With Other Websites
The purpose of the Magic Ladder Library is to teach children and adults how to use the PQ App so it can help them improve their reading. If the machine they are using is a Windows or Mac desktop or laptop, or a Chromebook, and if they have Google’s Chrome Browser installed, we strongly recommend that you install the PQ App. Once you install the PQ App into their device’s Chrome browser, they can use the PQ App on most popular web sites including:
…and millions of others.
To install the Chrome browser extension, click the following button:
Click here to download a 1 page printable parents guide.
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 helpful tools and resources that could be helpful to deepening your understanding of your children’s reading challenges and how you can better help them. Click here for these additional resources.