Recently we received Dyslexia Gold Full Bundle a reading program by Dyslexia Gold. The program includes four different sections to help children with their reading skills; Engaging Eyes, Fluency Builder, Spelling Tutor, and Times Table Tutor. We decided to use the program to build up my sons reading skills because he’s a weak reader and not because he struggles with dyslexia so he didn’t like the Engaging Eyes activity. He did use the Fluency Builder and the Spelling Tutor though, both of with I wish we would have had when he was in the think of learning to read. I honestly think this would have helped him a lot when he was first learning and really struggling.
What we used most
We ended up mostly using the Fluency Builder and the Spelling Tutor function of this program because they are what could help my son the most. The Fluency Builder I find really focused on having the child master a certain reading skill. For example, in lesson three the goal was to get the child to understand the different sounds that “e” can make. They do this by showing pictures to match the sounds with as well as other activities like building words on the screen with letter tiles. In all of the activities, there is a narration so the child can hear what is happening, which can be especially helpful if they are struggling with their sounds.
The spelling tutor was something that I wasn’t expecting to be set up how it is but actually really like. The child listens to a short phrase read to them by the on-screen narration and then is asked to write the phrase on a piece of paper. The child then goes to the next screen which allows them to self-check and mark their own work. At this time my son chose to go back and fix any of the mistakes that he had made during the writing portion. I really liked the fact that they brought the physical writing into this portion because I think that it really helps the children cement the words they are learning into their memories. It’s also giving them a chance to see what common mistakes they are making and to self-correct which is a super important skill to have.
With the record keeping, you are able to see all of the scores and progress to each of the sections in one handy place. This makes it super easy if you need to transfer the records somewhere else or if you need to show your child’s progress to an overlooking schoolboard. Where we live we have to be able to show what our child is doing so this makes it super easy for me to keep track and have something to show.
Who I Would Recommend This To
Obviously, if you have a child who has been diagnosed with dyslexia I would suggest taking a look at this program. On top of that, I think that this program could be beneficial to any child who is struggling with reading fluency or confidence when reading. I also think that with the unique way of doing the spelling practice it can also be beneficial to those children who might be good at reading the words but then have troubles as they try to spell the words later on.