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Reading Machine – Full Install

By Diana Sharp Consulting

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Description

This app is 100% satisfaction guaranteed. If you have any technical problems or if the app does not meet your expectations for any reason, please contact the developer at diana@dianasharp.com for information on solving the problem or getting a refund. Please feel free also to contact the developer before making a purchase if you have any questions about the app.

This app provides decoding support for over 4,000 words, including what are sometimes called “sight words.” Videos of how the app works are available at www.sharpcuriosity.com.

The Sharp Curiosity Reading Machine gives young readers new power and gives parents and teachers a new tool for raising great readers. Now kids can spend more time reading without getting stuck on any words, as they teach themselves to read with real books, or with words from anywhere in their world. When children come to a word they don’t know, they type it in the Reading Machine. The Reading Machine doesn’t just tell them the word: first it shows them how the letters and sounds go together, so they can try figuring it out themselves.

• Created by learning scientists, parents, and a national expert on children’s reading development, the Reading Machine is like a secret decoder for unlocking printed words. Use it paired with real books – books you already own or books you’ve borrowed from the public library.

• Great for early or struggling readers.

• Lets you have more fun reading with your child because your child can use the Reading Machine to figure out words instead of having to ask you for help.

• Best for children who already know the sounds that go with each letter and can read some words, but still need help reading sentences and books.

• Comes with full decoding and phonics support for 10 best-loved, funny, early reader titles: Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Go Dog Go, Are You My Mother, The Foot Book, Ten Apples Up On Top, Put Me in the Zoo, The Best Nest, I Wish that I had Duck Feet, and Snow.

• Also comes with decoding and phonics support for the 300 most frequent words in the English language, which cover 65% of all English reading material. Many of these words are often called “sight words.”

• From within the app you can then download free additional word support for other book sets that best fit what your child is interested in and likes to read. If you don’t already own the books, head to the public library (or your favorite book store), and you’re all set.

For more info and videos, see http://www.sharpcuriosity.com

Diana Sharp Consulting is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.
Recommended Ages: 3-6, 6-10, 10+
Categories: Reading, Phonics

What's New in Version 1.1

This app is 100% satisfaction guaranteed. This version includes an additional keyboard for younger users with color-coded, lowercase letters in alphabetical order. Older users can still use the traditional QWERTY keyboard. Also included are various user-experience improvements and an updated text-to-speech engine. If you have any technical problems or if the app does not meet your expectations for any reason, please contact the developer at diana@dianasharp.com for information on solving the problem or getting a refund. Please feel free also to contact the developer before making a purchase if you have any questions about the app.
Videos of how the app works are available at www.sharpcuriosity.com.

NOTE: A SMALL NUMBER OF USERS HAVE REPORTED INITIAL PROBLEMS WITH HEARING ANY SOUND. This is caused by a known issue in Apple’s design on some machines that causes kids apps (but not YouTube or some other apps) to be muted. For more information, see http://momswithapps.com/2012/06/10/using-the-ipads-side-switch-settings-to-bring-back-the-sound-in-your-app/
Apple is looking into the issue and a fix for it will likely be part of an upcoming iPad update.

SO FAR ALL USERS WITH AUDIO PROBLEMS HAVE SOLVED THE PROBLEM WITH THE FOLLOWING STEPS. FOR NOW, THIS IS HOW YOU FIX THE PROBLEM UNTIL APPLE ISSUES AN IOS UPDATE TO FIX THE BUG:
• Press the home button twice to bring up your application tray.
• Slide it to the right to show your iPad controls.
• Since the physical slide switch is bound to rotation, you should have a mute button on the far left of the iPad controls.
• Tap it to deactivate muting.
In step 3, if you see a device rotation lock control instead of the mute control, check the small (physical) switch near the volume control on the side of the iPad. Make sure it's not enabled. If the rotation lock is showing in the application tray, the physical switch by the volume control is configured to handle muting.

IF THESE STEPS DO NOT WORK FOR YOU, PLEASE CONTACT THE DEVELOPER AT DIANA@DIANASHARP.COM

NOTE THAT THE APP ONLY INITIALLY DOWNLOADS THE SET OF WORDS FROM THESE 10 BOOKS:
GREEN EGGS AND HAM, HOP ON POP, GO DOG GO, ARE YOU MY MOTHER, THE FOOT BOOK, TEN APPLES UP ON TOP, PUT ME IN THE ZOO, THE BEST NEST, I WISH THAT I HAD DUCK FEET, AND SNOW.

Getting the rest of the 4,000 words is free, but due to current download-size constraints, we had to design the app so that you download those words separately. If you want to download the rest of the words, here's the easiest way to do that:

Touch the "book" icon in the upper right hand corner of the app.

Touch the "Additional Book Sets" in the upper right hand corner of the next screen.

Scroll through the list of book sets to "Combo Support Set 1" and "Combo Support Set 2". By downloading these two sets, you get all the words from all the booksets for a total of over 4,000. Once you download them, you need to go back to the main keyboard screen of the app again, and then depending on your connection it may take 15 minutes or more to download all the words.

THIS APP WAS DEVELOPED BY RESEARCHERS WHO CONTINUE TO EXPLORE NEW WAYS TO USE TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT STRUGGLING READERS. ANY FEEDBACK WILL BE GREAT AND VERY MUCH APPRECIATED! Contact the developers at support@sharpcuriosity.com.

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Customer Reviews

Got a beginning or struggling reader? This is what you are looking for.

This app looks so simple, and it is. But it is incredibly powerful and effective. It works wonders with struggling readers and any child you want to give the ultimate school head start or boost. This new keyboard makes it a snap for young kids who can find letters the same way they do in the classroom- by looking at that big alphabet that runs around the room like wallpaper border.

If your kids have trouble reading you probably feel like everything you try is tedious and makes their grind through the lessons like a bad day at work. But with this app you can find books about stuff they already think is cool and amazing. When they really WANT the information in the books, reading is a means to that very motivating end. This simple tool is like giving them a shovel at the beach. They don't think about the work of digging. They just dig like crazy to find out what's in that hole! So when they love what they are reading about this is a reading shovel and they'll dig like crazy to find out what's in those books.

You will be amazed at how quickly they improve!

Beginner readers will impress their teachers. Struggling readers will quickly get past their sense of failure and defeat and start to love reading. What more can you ask?

Missing link!

This app is phenomenal! This is the missing link for my child. My child is autistic and over the years we have spent thousands of dollars on reading programs delivered as software or paper. None of these programs ever forced my child to pay attention to letter sequence nor did it force him to listen to the syllable sound out. This program does. The best thing is he can push the button a 1000 times during the sound out and the program ignores that input. I love this feature along with the ability to set the rate of the sound out. The only thing that I wish for is a larger database of sounded words for the 2nd grade level books that he is reading like the fly guy series. While most words are in the database a few are not. The words that are not sounded out are not as clear as the ones that are. Thank you so very much for this wonderful app it has already lead to improvement far beyond what I expected. I wish you could have witnessed the transformation from August to October that I have seen and it is 100% due to this app. Again THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH you have no how much this has helped us. we have worked on so many dolche words for so many years with no luck for memory or recall until now. I again have hope that my child will learn to read.

Makes reading fun!

My 6 year old had decided that reading was "boring" and we were struggling with getting her to complete her daily reading assignments. That is until we found the Reading Machine. This application allows our daughter to read on her own and independently type words into the application when she is struggling and learn how to sound it out. It has even helped her with spelling, as she likes to play with the App typing in words. If they don't sound out correctly she knows she has to try and spell the word a different way. Since using the Reading Machine our daughter is excited about reading again and has hooked her 4 year old brother too! Thanks for this wonderful tool!!

Reading Machine – Full Install
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  • $1.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: Mar 30, 2011
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 26.9 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Diana Sharp

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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