Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
What is MaxScholar?
It is a reading program based on the Orton Gillingham method, a method that has been around and found effective for over 70 years. For both kids and adults, the program hep information retention through multi-sensory approaches, helping the brain learn through grapheme/phoneme connections including visual, audio, and kinesthetic methods. Developed for those with learning disabilities, MaxScholar has adapted their program to provide an all-inclusive program for all learners.
Programs included in the MaxScholar Orton-Gillingham Software:
- Pre-K Phonics: The basics-MaxPhonics: Phonics Software Programs
- MaxReading: Online Reading Programs for Kids with Learning Disabilities
- MaxWords: Learn to Build Words
- MaxMusic: Top Games for Students with Learning Disabilities
- MaxVocab: Best Vocabulary Learning Games for Adults and Kids
- MaxPlaces: Fifty-one Exciting Locations
- MaxBios: Interesting Famous Personalities
Having 3 children at very different reading levels with different needs, this comprehensive program really gives you a big bang for your buck!
Each student gets their own username and password as well as the teacher dashboard has it’s own dashboard too. The Parent can have the child take placement tests, select a place to start, change the placement anytime and turn on and off the addition programs and games, like MaxMusic, MaxPlaces and MaxBios. The dashboard is very intuitive and allows the teacher to see each student’s progress individually or as a group. There are reports and dashboard to help you see where the student it and how they are advancing. There is a lot of control for the program in the teacher dashboard, which makes customizing the program easy.
How We Used it
My son enjoyed the passages in the MaxReading for his grade level (5 in our case) and the reading comprehension and vocabulary development were great. The passages weren’t too long but they were concise and interesting.
My older daughter enjoyed the vocabulary games available like Hangman and Word Searches. She is working on her vocabulary as she gets ready for college testing so we really liked the reading comprehension and vocab in the program.
My youngest is still working on reading so the testing and online reading and phonics was great for her. She said that she liked the games and the exercises and didn’t seem to mind working through MaxScholar.
I liked the program itself has natural breaks built in. They program will let you keep going but it definitely provides a natural stopping point. And the program recalls where your student left off when the login the next time. Even if they stop in the middle of a lesson, it works.
The MaxMusic was my older daughters favorite however, she loved looking at music lyrics to practice vocabulary and grammar. All my kids thought there should be a button to listen to the clip of the music though. They like music.
Overall, I was impressed with all the options included in the MaxScholar Orton-Gillingham Software subscription. There is a lot to do and this would complement any curriculum for any number of your students. I can see that is helping keeping the kids engaged in reading comprehension and vocabulary development and can see this continuing to be a benefit!
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