|Wordshark is a computer program that combines the fun and excitement of bright, multi-sensory games with the serious task of learning to read and spell. It is used widely in schools as well as at home.
The 55 colourful games are carefully designed to teach and reinforce reading and spelling using 9,000 pre-recorded words. You can also add your own word lists which is particularly useful for practicing homework. The varied combinations of games and word lists create both variety and motivation.
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For what ages is it suitable?
Wordshark is mostly used by students between 5 and 15. Some of the games are more suitable for younger children but most games are appropriate for any age.
How will it help someone with dyslexia?
Parents are often recommended Wordshark when they seek extra help for their children’s dyslexia. As a result of dyslexia, children can have a negative attitude towards learning, so Wordshark combines fun and variety to create motivation and as a result, greater confidence. Wordshark was created by teachers with practical experience of SEN. Both the games and many of the word lists have been specially structured to assist those with any level of dyslexia.
How can Wordshark be used at Home?
Wordshark can either be used directly to support school work and homework (learning class spellings etc) or can be used independently to suit the student’s own pace and needs. If necessary, the school teacher can be asked to suggest the appropriate word lists for the student. Once students are set up by the administrator, the program will keep a note of their names and personal settings. Parents should always follow the progress of their children and encourage them to try a variety of games and to progress through the word lists. There is a special chapter in the manual for parents.
How often should the program be used?
It is recommended that the sessions are short but frequent as this not only maintains the child’s interest but gives the necessary practice needed for success. There are no hard and fast rules, but generally, three or four short sessions a week (about 10-15 minutes each) seem to work really well to achieve significant gains. It is good to be aware that some children need to go over what seems to be very basic work before moving on in order to make real progress. Equally, some children need to be encouraged to move on.
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