LAZ Level E Library
By Language Technologies, Inc.
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KINDERGARTEN to FIRST GRADE READERS will love this library of 12 books. Each Learning A–Z library contains ten books on that reading level, the free sample book for that level, and the free sample book for the next level to challenge readers to expand their reading skills. Developmentally appropriate sentence construction, vocabulary, and engaging illustrations make it easy for readers to feel confident about their skills.
Learning A–Z provides materials delivered online and through the iTunes Store that help children learn to read, write, and discover the wonders of science. All our materials are leveled so that children can access information at their developmental level. Our leveled readers begin at level aa with labeling objects. In level A simple sentences are presented. With each level thereafter the sentences get more complex and the words become a little more difficult.
—Interactive glossary providing point-of-use definitions
—All books are carefully leveled, giving readers a developmental growth path to improve their reading skills
—All books end with discussion questions that check student comprehension and encourage critical thinking
—Classroom support through lesson plans, worksheets, and quizzes can be found at www.readinga-z.com (subscription required)
—All books support state and national core standards (correlation found at www.readinga-z.com)
A QUICK GUIDE IN PLACING YOUR CHILD at the appropriate reading level:
aa to C—kindergarten
D to J—first grade
K to Q—second grade
R to U—third grade
V to Z—fourth and fifth grade
ReadSmart is a set of patented technologies created by Language Technologies, Inc. for improving reading comprehension, speed, and enjoyment and is used in a variety of publishing fields. ReadSmart's algorithms analyze text to give document-specific results: the arrangement of text for a document is optimized while preserving the designer’s layout. Once a digital book has been created using ReadSmart technology, nothing is lost and it retains the look and feel of the printed edition, not a generic electronic document.
What's New in Version 1.4
Good, but with two basic problems….
We loved this program based on the web version for which we pay an annual license. However, there are two basic problems with the app version:
Incomplete selection: we thought maybe with this app we would be able to switch our kids to reading from iPads rather than printing and reading the PDFs from the web page. The full program on the web as 23 books for the E level alone, but there are only ELEVEN books included in this app (yes, now I see the description, but the 12th book is actually a Level F book).
Cumbersome navigation: you don't have a quick way to jump back to the listing of books if you have started reading a book, or to jump to the beginning or ending of the book.
Great books - Poor user interface
The books are great and the granularity of levels is perfect for kids learning to read. My daughter loves reading from the iPad.
We read every day and it great to have a selection of great books with nice colored pictures to choose from.
There are significant improvements needed for the app. This doesn't stop us from enjoying the reading every day. But the quality of the app is not where I would expect.
- the screen does not rotate. It's always in one direction and if you have one of the iPad covers that rolls on one end and lifts the iPad, the screen will be oriented in the opposite way.
- can't go back to the library once you started reading a book. You have to go all the way to the end. Very confusing.
- The screen is divided in thirds, clicking anywhere on the left third send you back one page, the middle third get you word help, and the third gets you to the next page. This was meant to be simple but if the child accidentally touches the screen while reading, the page is gone, and kids need to be able to use their finger to follow their place and stay focused. Even my two year old is an expert in manipulating the iPad and pinching and doing lots of stuff. Certainly a preschooler can navigate in a more complicated way. Like iBooks or Kindle. Kids can manage it, really, they are smart.
- the library could have larger icons and use the whole real estate of the screen.
- finally, it would be nice (lower priority) to mark the books that have already been read.
I know the vendor has a lot more books than the ones in this library. Also books in Spanish and French. Please make them available. I would certainly pay more money for moe books.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Feb 15, 2011
- Version: 1.4
- Size: 32.7 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Language Technologies, Inc.
- © 2009
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.