Fitzroy Sounding Readers
The Fitzroy Method is a phonic approach to reading developed over the last 3 decades. The Fitzroy Readers introduce new spelling patterns with each story, so that children are able to decode the words for themselves. Words which cannot be sounded out are called ‘special’ and are treated as sight words. This system has proved to be a complete and highly successful literacy programme.
"I have put this new software straight to use. My student was delighted with the ability to hear his internal monologue read back to him, having never received auditory feedback from his reading before. It was a truly magic moment to see his enthusiasm. It made my day. The sounding out component is brilliant for phonemic and phonological awareness.
Students are able to track each phoneme visually, as it is articulated. It will greatly assist spelling and writing ability as well. The priming and post reading activities reinforce the components of the text superbly.
Having the irregular high frequency words highlighted differently, reinforces visually that these words must be remembered by sight and cannot be sounded out. I knew this would be another great Fitzroy Readers product, and was not disappointed."
Dip.T(EC), B.Ed(P), PGDip.Ed.St(ECI), M.Ed(SE.I&EI)
Educational and Developmental Consultant, Supporting Diverse and Exceptional Learners
- Books 1–10 (beginner level)
- Books 1X–10X (beginner level)
- Books 11–20 (more advanced)
- Books 11X-20X (more advanced)
- Books 21–30 (more advanced)
- Books 31-40 (more advanced)
- Books 41-50 (more advanced)
The Fitzroy Sounding Readers software offers many useful features, including:
- stories read in clear speech with Australian accents;
- the ability to hear individual words spoken aloud by clicking on them;
- a facility to enable children to write their own versions of the stories, hear them read aloud by the computer;
- extensive teacher options, including the ability to create different user-groups, each with their own settings;
- comprehensive tracking options, allow the teacher to monitor the progress of a whole group or of each individual;
- questions and activities for every book.
As with the original Fitzroy Talking Readers software, the main feature of new packages is the “Read” facility. The computer reads each page of the stories aloud, in a pre-recorded Australian voice, and a moving underline (optionally) highlights each word as it is spoken. This allows children to associate the sound of each word with its printed appearance and its meaning – which is what reading is all about! Students can also click on any word to hear it. Importantly, if the student clicks on a phonic word, the computer sounds out the components of the word, as well as the word itself. Hence "sounding" readers.
Children can write their own version of each story, can save it and hear it spoken (using the computer's text-to-speech engine). This facility is aimed more at slightly older children.
New - Questions
A series of questions accompanies each story. The words, sounds and concepts of each story are reinforced and tested in the ‘Questions’
New - Activities
Each book has activities that provide practice with sounds, spelling, special words, grammar, word-formation, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Enhanced Teacher Facilities
Teachers can arrange students in different user-groups, each with its own settings, and can easily inspect the progress of either an entire group or of an individual student. These reports show which questions and activities each student has completed, thus giving a good measure of their progress and understanding.
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Package includes CD suitable for both Windows and Macintosh. This software is suitable for use with Mac OS X and Windows 7 64-bit.
Fitzroy Readers is also available for iPhone and iPad from Apple's App Store, and Android phones and tablets from the Google Play Store. This version doesn't include the writing activity or the Questions and Activities extensions.
Fitzroy Sounding Readers - Single User
$104.50 (inc GST)
Fitzroy Sounding Readers - Site Licence
$209.00 (inc GST)