My kids are fairly good readers but I often wonder if they take the time in their reading to fully comprehend everything that is there. MaxScholar offers a variety of activities for students to improve reading skills with their MaxScholar Reading Intervention Programs. We reviewed the MaxGuru pack for 2 students, one in 7th grade and one in 9th.
MaxScholar is a reading and language-based program using different methods to help students improve their reading skills, language and test scores. The MaxGuru pack includes:
- MaxPhonics – For students ages 3 to 5, to help them learn the letters of the English alphabet.
- MaxReading – Helps students to Improve reading comprehension and introduces highlighting, summarizing and outlining a text.
- MaxWords – With MaxWords the students learn to build words using prefixes, suffixes, Greek and Latin roots, syllabification and spelling rules.
- MaxMusic – Helps engage kids that are not interested in reading by using song lyrics from famous musicians.
- MaxBios – Introduces students to famous personalities, both past and present, from around the world through biographies.
- MaxVocab – Provides definitions and interactive games to help expand the students vocabulary.
- MaxPlaces – Has reading kids find interesting about different places in the world.
My kids are beyond MaxPhonics so we didn’t spend a lot of time in this area other than clicking through to see what it was about. It looks to be a fun way to learn letters and sounds.
MaxMusic wasn’t that appealing to my kids since we are not familiar with a lot of the songs and artists that are popular right now. First you pick an artist that interests you such as Justin Bieber, you then pick one of his songs. You can choose to follow a prompt and play the song on a piano on your screen, fill in missing words in the lyrics or find all the verbs in the lyrics.
We spent most of our time in MaxReading, MaxBios, MaxPlaces and MaxWords. When you sign in you are given the choice of MaxPhonics or MaxReading. We choose MaxReading and then it comes up with recommended reading. Each student takes a pretest to see what level works for them. My kids were in levels 7 and 9. The recommended reading is based on these levels. You can also choose reading from MaxPlaces (cities around the world) or MaxBios (Biographies) separately, but they do show up in the recommended reading section as well.
This is the process that the student goes through after choosing a passage to read.
Once you choose the passage of reading that interests you the first step is to go through and click on the vocabulary words to learn the meaning of words that might confuse you when reading it.
The next step is to read the passage and after that go through and highlight the topic, main idea and important details.
After highlighting the entire passage you are given a score and shown how much should be highlighted.
The next step is to write an outline of the passage.
You have the option of writing a summary, open ended questions or general questions.
The next step is to answer questions on the passage.
Find out your score with the option to play games.
I think my kids have truly benefited from MaxReading. I know this will help them with studying for tests and taking notes in the future and help them to truly understand what it takes to comprehend what they are reading. The choices of reading that they are offered fit their interests and age. The above screenshots were taken from my student in level 9. They didn’t always like going through all of these steps, but I feel they will benefit from this experience.
We also spent a lot of time in MaxWords as my boys have issues with spelling and sounding out long words. Spelling rules are taught and then reinforced with activities that I feel will help them with their spelling. These are things they have learned in the past, but need some review. They seemed to enjoy doing these types of activities more on the computer than they would in a workbook. They also learned about prefixes and suffixes, latin roots and Greek roots, learning what they mean and how they change the meaning of a word. All of the things in MaxWords my boys have learned before, but definitely need reviewing.
What I liked most about MaxScholar Reading Intervention Programs was that it did not seem babyish to my boys. It was written to their age level, but reviewing things they learned when they were younger. I can see how nicely this will supplement our homeschool curriculum perfectly without feeling overwhelming to them.