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The Sounding Out Machine - Assistive Reading Device


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The Sounding Out Machine is an Assistive Reading Device. It helps children focus on challenging words in their texts, and then models how to sound out those words.

Teachers love to sit next to students and listen to them read. They model how to chunk words, break them into syllables and use phonics skills to figure them out. But teachers don't have enough time to sit with all their students as much as they would like. The Sounding Out Machine does for students what a teacher would do if I she were sitting next to them!

Children use the Word Window to isolate and enlarge a difficult word. Then, just like a teacher sitting next to her students, The Sounding Out Machine models how to chunk the word into syllables and use phonics skills to blend the phonemes together and sound out the word. Children can use their own digital word card to practice and become independent.

•Students who need modeling in chunking words and using phonics strategies to sound them out.
•Students who report their book page looks like a "sea of words" - the Word Window helps them focus in on challenging words.
•Students who have difficulty coordinating an index card on a book page.
•Students who prefer reading on a screen.

•Camera mode - take a snapshot of the book page.
•Library mode - load in page snapshots from the photo library.
•Typing mode - type in challenging words.

Teachers love the way The Sounding Out Machine emails a report of students' challenging words. They can use this list for instruction or for creating personal spelling lists for their students.

Figuring out the root of a word in order to use a dictionary can bog down many young readers. So The Sounding Out Machine allows children to submit a word in many forms, such as "reply," "replies," "replied" or "replying." This allows them to quickly continue with their reading work instead of getting stuck.

Children who need extra support can use a digital card or marker to track the text as they read, in the same way they might use an index card to focus on a line of text. This can be customized in many ways. There are many color choices for word cards, and Shared Reading mode allows children to set a small pointer at the end of each line, just as they might see during a Shared Reading lesson.

The keyboard is also customizable, including a regular (qwerty) keyboard or an ABC-order option.

The app supports various phonics models, including Blended or Synthetic phonics.

The app has an extensive dictionary of over 80,000 words, including multiple forms for each root, ("reply" "replies" "replying") and names ("Huggins," "Lorax"). We will continue to expand the dictionary in future updates, so be sure to let us know if you discover a word that needs to be included!

What's New in Version 1.1

Phonograms now read as one unit by default. New words added. Be sure to let us know if you find any words you would like to include in future updates!

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Customer Reviews

Pretty cool

It is not quite what I was hoping for. I was hoping that the kids could just click on a word and it would sound it out, but they have to type the word into another portion of the app. This would not work for my eight year who is impatient and tends to guess. I do like the reading assists that they can use to avoid distractions.

The sounding out machine

I love this idea! The whole idea of a machine can appeal to lots of little ones! With my son with autism, I feel like the story length would have to be minimal to maintain his attention span after taking the picture, searching and spelling the word. I do love the capability to send to list of struggling words to the parent or teacher!


This is great for the next step in independent reading! What a wonderful way to boost confidence.

The Sounding Out Machine - Assistive Reading Device
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  • $3.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 348 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 4+
  • Made for Ages 6–8

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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