Help With Reading from MaxScholar // A TOS Crew Review
My 12 year old son does not enjoy reading. It’s more about his struggles with comprehension than with reading. I was excited for the opportunity to use an online resource to assist my son with reading comprehension. MaxScholar offers a variety of activities for students to improve reading skills with their MaxScholar Reading Intervention Programs.
MaxScholar is a thorough, multi-sensory, reading and language-based program. It uses different methods that help students improve their reading and language performance scores. MaxScholar is adaptable to both school and home settings and has helped thousands of students with their reading and language skills.
The programs offered through the MaxScholar Reading Intervention Program include:
Pre-K Phonics – Designed for pre-Kindergarten students (ages 3-5) to provide the foundations for learning to read.
MaxPhonics – A multi-sensory approach to teaching phonics. Effective for children ages 5-7 or others who need this type of intervention.
MaxReading – Teaches reading comprehension strategies for students who are below grade level in their reading skills.
MaxWords – Teaches prefixes, suffixes, Greek and Latin roots, syllabification and spelling rules. Students will increase their vocabulary by 16,000 words by using this program.
MaxMusic – Uses music and games to engage students who otherwise might be uninterested in reading and learning.
MaxVocab – This program is MaxScholar’s dictionary, and offers thousands of definitions and interactive games to expand students’ vocabulary.
MaxPlaces – Students get the chance to explore the world in this program.
MaxBios – Introduces students to famous personalities through biographies. Each biography is set up in a timeline structure and teaches chronological ordering skills.
How We Used The Program
For this review, I received a one year license to MaxScolar’s MaxGuru program, which includes all of the programs listed above. Our primary focus was on MaxReading. I was looking forward to seeing if the processes outlined in this online reading intervention program would help him.
Both the parent and the student receive their own login. This is a screen shot of my son’s login dashboard:
After entering MaxReading, you have your choice of choosing one of the selected readings, or changing the chapter and picking a different reading. For this passage, my son chose the topic of Household Chores, and the reading passage of Cleaning Your Room. This is what the passage looked like before my son started to read:
As my son moved through the passage, there are vocabulary words in gray which he could click on to see definitions, how they are used in sentences, synonyms and antonyms.
Next he read the passage and used the highlighters to choose the topic, main idea and important details of the passage.
For this example, I am using a passage my son accidentally clicked “done” on before he was finished so you can see a side-by-side view of a low-scored passage next to the correct, highlighted one. I do wish he had had the ability from that point to start again, but we were not able to find such a feature as the passage had already been scored.
Afterwards, there is a short writing summary and questions to answer based on the passage.
After completing the reading, highlighting, writing and questions, the student receives a final score. My son scored a C on this passage, mostly because he didn’t complete it so he didn’t have the best understanding of the passage before moving forward.
From here, the student has a choice to play games, redo the chapter, or move on to the next chapter. This is where the student could start over and redo the passage for a different grade.
From the parent dashboard, I can access full reports and check my son’s progress throughout the program.
Overall, my son still needs some work on his reading skills.
I am pleased with the MaxScholar Reading Intervention Program. I believe that with continued use, my son will improve his reading and comprehension scores. We are looking forward to continuing on with MaxReading throughout the summer and into next year, as well as using some of the other programs that came with our one-year license.