These exercises help students learn to connect the spoken word with the written word and work together to build critical pre-reading skills, with an emphasis on letter recognition and naming, phonological awareness, and letter-sound associations. In addition, the exercises help develop brain processing efficiency by strengthening four key areas—memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing. For example, the exercises:
- Build memory by developing the ability to hold a spoken word in working memory while retrieving picture-concept associations.
- Improve attention by developing the ability to focus on tasks and ignore distractions.
- Develop processing by strengthening sensory-motor skills and the ability to detect subtle differences in images and sounds.
- Develop sequencing by strengthening the ability to listen for sounds in different positions within words.
Description of Exercises
Inside the Tummy
The Fast ForWord Reading Readiness exercise Inside the Tummy helps develop precise visual attention skills while helping improve fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
In Inside the Tummy, the student fills the bear’s tummy by placing the correct colored shapes into the corresponding outlines in his giant stomach.
The Fast ForWord Reading Readiness exercise Hungry Tummy helps develop the ability to follow verbal directions, and helps improve listening comprehension and working memory skills.
In Hungry Tummy, the student follows instructions to identify objects of various colors, shapes, and sizes, and then feeds those shapes to the hungry bear.
Packing Pig Goes to Work
The Fast ForWord Reading Readiness exercise Packing Pig Goes to Work helps develop letter recognition and naming skills for uppercase and lowercase letters.
In Packing Pig Goes to Work, the student helps the worker package items by listening for the name of a letter and then identifying the matching written letter.
The Fast ForWord Reading Readiness exercise Houndini helps improve phonemic awareness and basic decoding skills.
In Houndini, the student helps the magic dog perform card tricks by identifying the word that sounds different from the others.
Packing Pig Has Lunch
The Fast ForWord Reading Readiness exercise Packing Pig Has Lunch helps develop letter recognition and naming skills for uppercase and lowercase letters, and helps improve auditory working memory and visual-spatial memory.
In Packing Pig Has Lunch, the student feeds Packing Pig by matching all of the letters on the screen into uppercase and lowercase pairs.
The Fast ForWord Reading Readiness exercise Coaster helps develop phonemic awareness and letter-sound association skills, while building an initial understanding of the alphabetic principle.
In Coaster, the student listens for a consonant, clicks a coaster car with the letter associated with that consonant, then sees and hears a word that starts with that consonant.