Hello educators, parents, care-providers, volunteers, and anyone helping someone learn to read or improve their reading. On this site we will address you as a “learning steward”.
This site contains a growing collection of stories and articles that help learners of all ages learn to read and/or improve how well they read.
Every word on every page is its own help button. Try it. Click on any word on this page.
Clicking any word instantly results in a pop-up help box that guides learners through the process of recognizing the specific word they clicked on. Clicking through the available levels of support, learners can see the word broken into more readable segments (where applicable), can see and hear the word’s individual letter sounds, can see and hear the word’s group-letter sounds, can see and hear an animated sounding out of the entire word, and finally, can have the word read to them.
By forcing learners to step through the initial levels of help before having the word read to them, the system focuses and guides their learning to decode (rather than short-circuiting the process by just reading the word for them). By controlling the process with their clicking, learners choose just the level of help they need to recognize the word. Once they recognize the word, the popup disappears and they continue reading right where they left off.
This ‘live on the edge of learning’ guidance not only helps learners recognize the word they clicked on, it is the most neurologically optimal way to learn to read. Rather than abstractly teaching the relationships between letters and sounds and hoping it will be later applied in the ‘live’ stream of reading, this approach supports learners while they’re in the ‘live’ stream of reading.
Every page on this site has the PQ App built in, but you don’t have to use the pages of this site to benefit from the App. The main purpose behind the pages on this site is to teach learners to use the App well enough that they can use the App on any page on the web that interests them (or you direct them to).
If your learner is using the Chrome browser with a Windows or Mac laptop, or a Chromebook, we strongly recommend that you install the PQs App. Once you install the PQ App on their device, your learner can go to almost any page on the web and the PQ App will be there to help them with every word on it. To install the Chrome browser extension click the following button:
Specific Guides for each level coming soon…
This is a PQ hint button. Clicking it will result in a description of the PQs used on the current page.