Friday, March 28, 2014
Reading Bear ~ a fun way to learn to read!
About Reading Bear
We sound it out — you learn to read. Totally free!
Reading Bear, a project of WatchKnowLearn.org, is the first free program online to teach beginning readers vocabulary and concepts while introducing all the main phonetic patterns of written English, all using innovative rich media. Reading Bear provides 50 presentations that cover phonics principles and illustrate over 1,200 vocabulary items.
How does it work?
In each presentation—playable either as a video or as an interactive slideshow—Reading Bear introduces one or a few related “phonics rules.” Presentations are available in seven different versions. In the fullest version, we sound out a word slowly and quickly, then blend it slowly, and finally (after an optional prompt) blend it quickly. As sounds are pronounced, the corresponding letters are highlighted. Then Reading Bear displays a picture illustrating the word, show a sentence (with the individual sounds again highlighted, karaoke style), and finally show a video illustrating the sentence. Presentations give this treatment to around 25 words, though some have more and some have less. The result is a thorough yet painless introduction to phonics principles, while at the same time a supplemental resource for teaching vocabulary. There are many other features you can explore by clicking on the Getting Started page.