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A children’s storybook written in rhyme. The first of the fourteen apps that comprise the Baratta-Lorton Reading Program.
The Reading Program is a reading and writing curriculum for beginning readers and any child who has already experienced difficulty in learning to read.
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Background for the fourteen apps
The Baratta-Lorton Reading Program also known as Dekodiphukan (pronounced decode if you can) was developed by the Center for Innovation in Education whose many other offerings include Mathematics Their Way, the first non-traditional math curriculum adopted in by the State of California.
Dekodiphukan has been in use in classrooms across the United States and Canada since 1985. The Program has been used to teach thousands of children to read and to write regardless of background or supposed lack of reading readiness.
To date, no child using the program in a classroom setting has ever failed to learn to read or to write.
This Dekodiphukan reading and writing curriculum is now a series of fourteen apps plus a parent-guide for the iPad that, within a period of six months to a year (or occasionally a bit longer for some special needs children), will enable every child using it to read and to write. Reading with enjoyment. Writing creatively.
Dekodiphukan is a full fledged curriculum. It is a set of specific learning activities, not a set of games. The curriculum’s fourteen apps are all free with no ads - popup or otherwise - included. While the apps may be downloaded all at once and stored in a folder on the iPad, no more than two or three of the apps are used at any one time by the child.
The first of the Fourteen Apps
Forty-four sounds or phonemes form the building blocks for every word spoken in English. The Dekodiphukan Storybook, written in rhyme, introduces children to these forty-four sounds and connects each sound to a picture that represents that sound.
It is easier to correctly identify the sound of a phoneme when the phoneme is at the end of a word. Rhyming is used to facilitate correct sound-phoneme pronunciation.
The events in the storybook provide the rationale for why each of forty-four sound pictures represents the particular sounds that it does.
The Dekodiphukan Storybook is meant to be read initially by the parent to the child. A play button provides an audio reading for each page to assist parents who are unsure of pronunciations, or who prefer to listen along with their child as the story is being read. The audio reading of each page also permits the child to “read” and “reread” the storybook as often as he or she wishes, without waiting for an adult reader.
A children’s storybook written in rhyme
Also available in book form through the Center’s website
Introduces the 44 sounds of the English language
Uses rhyme for clarity in sound identification
To be read the first time by the parent to the child
Parents unclear about pronouncements may play audios
Child uses audio play buttons for subsequent readings
Downloadable sound pictures for wall posting
Downloadable Sound Summary for Parents
This is a fantastic reading program!
I have started using the program with my daughter, who is 4 and will be attending kindergarten in a few months. Before we started using this reading program my daughter was comfortable with the alphabet, but couldn't sound out a word. Within a few weeks of starting this program she was easily able to sound out words using the sound pictures. The storybook does an excellent job of introducing the sound pictures and makes them easy it remember. My daughter really enjoys using the Dekodiphukan program. It's fun for kids to use and it gives them confidence. I highly recommend it for parents who want to homeschool their kids or for parents who just want to reinforce the reading and writing that is taught in school. Using this program, my daughter was able to convert to reading books within about 6 months. It's great!
It takes a while to load, but this is a great system. I learned to read using the book when I was a child. Listening to the book is very engaging for my 5 year old and we are on our way to reading!
The Guide – how to use the Dekodiphukan Storybook
My five star rating cannot be based entirely on my actual use of this app, since the instructions say it will take six months to a year for the program to complete the process of teaching a child to read and the program has only recently been released in app form. However, I used the classroom version of the program in my school and found its statements of 100% success to be quite valid.
I am writing this review in response to a negative review posted for the Writing Worksheets app (the eleventh of the fourteen apps) claiming the app is worthless because it contains no instructions for how to use it. It occurred to me after responding to that particular review that it would better serve potential users of the program if I posted a similar review for all fourteen of the apps that make up this program, since none of the apps are meant to be used in isolation.
The Apple App Store description for each of the fourteen apps indicates its position in the learning sequence. For app eleven, the Writing Worksheets app, to be useful, the use of ten other apps would have to have preceded it. Apparently the author of the review to which I responded skipped steps one through ten and started at step eleven - a problem easily remedied by starting at step one and not at step eleven.
The reviewer also stated that no instructions were available for the app in question. This is an interesting assertion, since on the descriptive page in the Apple App Store for each of the fourteen apps there is an App Support button that, when pressed leads directly to a web page called “The Guide”. The title of the page provides a hint as to its purpose. In addition, written in red underneath “The Guide” title is the phrase “bookmark this page”. Clicking on icon image for any app on The Guide leads directly to that app’s set of instructions.
Clicking on the Developer Web Site link in the App Store links to the Home page of the Center for Innovation in Education’s web site. The Guide is available there by clicking The Guide button at the bottom of the page.
Clicking on the FAQ link at the very bottom of The Guide produces a set of instructions for how to create a permanent “The Guide” app for the iPad. Clicking on the Dekodiphukan book cover on the Center’s Home page also leads to The Guide app-making instructions.
The classroom program from which these fourteen apps were created is an excellent program. How well the apps recreate this learning experience on the iPad remains to be seen. However, for the program to have a chance to accomplish in home-schooling environments what it has done in my classroom, it must be viewed as an actual curriculum with a beginning, middle and end, and not as a set of isolated experiences to be done at random.
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- Category: Education
- Released: Feb 15, 2012
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 97.4 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Bob Baratta-Lorton
- © 2012 Center for Innovation in Education
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.