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Ace Reader Pro Version 5
Botels Bridges to Literacy

Five Minutes To Better Reading Skills
One More Story





ACE READER PRO VERSION 5
Review By Linda Foster

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Once again, StepWare, Inc. has succeeded in producing another award winning reading comprehension program designed for both homeschool and classroom settings. Each year, Technology and Learning Magazine reviews outstanding products that have been central to transforming education and inspiring a generation of students and educators.

Awards of Excellence are then presented for products representing a "best-of-breed" offering or a breakthrough use of technology for educational purposes. Garnering the "Top Winner" 2006 Awards of Excellence position, AceReader Pro bested programs from such well-known educational software companies as Microsoft, Apple, Scholastic, and Harcourt. Citing AceReader Pro's text-to-speech features, ease of use, and adaptability for both the home and classroom, T&L judges gave an enthusiastic "thumbs up" to this exciting and innovative program. For more information about this prestigious award, visit http://www.acereader.com/press_release.html.

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Botel Bridges to Literacy

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Taking the Fear Out of Learning

By Linda Pliagas

Fear and anxiety can cripple an adult’s chances for advancement, and these negative emotions can also curtail a child’s potential.  Dr. Morton Botel, emeritus professor at the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania, says that trepidation can interfere with learning and quite possibly traumatize a child for a lifetime.

 

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Five Minutes To Better Reading Skills
Review By Linda Foster

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Webster’s Dictionary defines learning as the act of “gaining knowledge or understanding of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience.” Study is defined as the “application of the mental faculties to the acquisition of knowledge.” These two concepts are so intertwined that it is difficult to separate them. In order to learn, we must be able to study and in order to study, we must learn proper study skills.

Studies show that children who are able to read well also do better in other school subjects and in life. Reading is a form of stimulation that engages visual, auditory, and interactive and attention processes. Whether information is gained from a book, newspaper or surfing the web, the ability to read and understand information is essential for children to learn about the world around them and to find their place in it. Five Minutes to Better Reading Skills by Bonnie Terry, M.Ed. is “A fast, fun phonic approach to improve reading skills.”

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One More Story
Review by Linda Pliagasr

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The internet has revolutionized education.  Thanks to the World Wide Web, learning is now an interactive activity, one that adults and children alike can partake in the comfort and convenience of home. 

One More Story is an example of an educational website that fosters a love of learning and reading in children.  Forget about having to drive miles with kids asking, “Are we there yet?” in order to visit the nearest library.  One More Story provides a wide array of beautifully-illustrated, popular children’s titles with just a click of a mouse.

The website was developed to provide children, ages two through nine, with the best of both classic and contemporary literature.  One More Story collaborates with top national publishers, such as Random House, Penguin Putnam, Harper/Collins, and others, and for a minimal annual fee makes their prized collection available at any time, day or night.

 

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