What can the app do?

Story

The complexity, style and length of the story are geared to children learning to read. There is an alternation of picture and text pages ensuring a varied reading and learning rhythm. The sounds can be switched off and the text can be read out continuously or syllable by syllable or word by word. The pronunciation is clear and standard.

 

 

Possible settings

English



Word mode

Speaker on: The child reads along with the text word by word and at his own pace.

Word mode

Speaker off: The child reads the text word by word and at his own pace.

Storytelling mode

Speaker on: The child has the text read to him.

Storytelling mode

Speaker off: The child reads the text independently.





German



Syllable mode

Speaker on: The child reads along with the text syllable by syllable and at his own pace.

Syllable mode

Speaker off: The child reads the text syllable by syllable and at his own pace.

Storytelling mode

Speaker on: The child has the text read to him.

Storytelling mode

Speaker off: The child reads the text independently.

 

 

Design

The pictures bring the story to life and offer children scope for imagination and discussion. The small animations are fun without distracting from the story.

 

 

Advantages of the word-by-word representation in the English version

Unlike a printed book, the reading text can also be shown and read out word by word in the app as an option. This has 6 unique advantages which aid the learning process:

 

 

  1. Children can hear the words (when the sound is switched on) and so can practice their pronunciation in particular.
  2. Children perceive the words as visual units (written word) and haptic units (the word appears at the tap of a finger) as well as acoustic units (when the sound is switched on). The connection between spoken sounds and the written word becomes evident.
  3. Children can decide the reading pace themselves using the word switch.
  4. Words can be returned to and repeated at any time.
  5. The amount of text is not too demanding nor does it distract. The child’s attention is focused on the word shown/heard.
  6. The word switch has a highly stimulative nature and so encourages the child to learn and have fun with the text and the English language in general.

 

 

Advantages of the syllable-by-syllable representation in the German version

Unlike a printed book, the app can also show the reading text in two colours and read it out in syllables as an option. This has 7 unique advantages which aid learning to read:

 

 

  1. The syllables are displayed in the direction of reading (from left to right). The direction of reading is unclear to many children, which can lead to dyslexia. Being sure of which direction to read in is fundamental. It is made clear and practised thanks to the syllable-by-syllable display.
  2. The children can see and hear the syllables at the same time (when the sound is switched on).
  3. Children perceive the words as visual units (written word) and haptic units (the syllable appears at the tap of a finger) as well as acoustic units (when the sound is switched on). The connection between spoken sounds and the written word becomes evident. Thus reading becomes easier and spelling is practised.
  4. Children can decide the reading pace themselves using the syllable switch.
  5. Syllables can be returned to and repeated at any time.
  6. The amount of text is not too demanding nor does it distract. The child’s attention is focused on the syllable shown/heard.
  7. The syllable switch has a highly stimulative nature and so encourages the child to learn and have fun with the text and the German language in general.