Have you heard of MaxScholar?
I hadn’t heard of them until my kids and I recently had the opportunity to review one of their MaxScholar Reading Intervention Programs.
This program is for students with Dyslexia, learning disabilities, ADHD, processing problems, or whom are struggling to learn to read.
I was interested in checking out this program because my youngest daughter is struggling to read and my middle child sometimes seems to struggle with reading comprehension.
They have many programs, but we had access to MaxGuru. As part of the review we were given a one year subscription.
As a part of MaxGuru, we had access to all of their MaxPhonics programs, which includes:
So, what does all that mean?
MaxPhonics is geared toward to early reader… ages 5-7. My daughter is 8, but behind in reading, so this is where she started. She took a “test” at the beginning to see where she would start in the program. It is based on the multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham approach to reading.
Your student will work on individual letters, blends or digraphs. And, then there are fun games at the end to reinforce what they have learned.
MaxReading is to help with reading comprehension, especially geared towards the student that may be reading behind grade level. In addition to reading comprehension, it teaches the student how to highlight, outline, and summarize a text.
First, they read a given passage, then they are given instructions to highlight certain parts of it.
Then, as you can see in the purple circles at the top of the screenshot above, their highlighting will be checked, they will be asked questions about the passage, and then they will be given a score.
The passages have been short enough to keep my son’s attention, plus the information is usually interesting, so that’s a plus too!
There are 13 levels to this program, each with multi-chapter books.
MaxWords is where the student gets to start learning about Latin and Greek roots, prefixes and suffixes to help them with vocabulary. They will also learn spelling rules in this section.
In MaxMusic, it’s all about the FUN! The student gets to play learning games to help them with memory, recognition and auditory skills. You can use this area as a reward for doing other areas of the site. ** This is my son’s favorite place on the site! **
MaxPlaces is just like it sounds. They get to choose a place or attraction from the world map and then they learn all about it. This section is still all about reading comprehension because they read about the place or attraction and then answer questions about it.
In MaxBios, the student will learn about famous people from around the world, both past and present, by reading their biography.
And, in MaxVocab, they have basically an onsite dictionary to help them with all the words they encounter.
My family’s thoughts on MaxGuru and the MaxScholar website
First… thoughts from my kids… My youngest said her favorite part is where she gets to find the letter. They show her a bunch of pictures and she has to figure out which ones start with the letter they give her. (“Click on the pictures that begin with the “p” sound.”)
My son is not excited about reading… ever. This is what he had to say about MaxScholar. “It’s not very boring.” Now, that may seem like it’s not a very good review, but for him to say a reading website is NOT boring is huge! So, his “It’s not very boring”, is another child’s “This is a fun website!”. :) He also said he likes the word search. At the end of a chapter, he gets to pick a game to play and he almost always picks the word search.
I think MaxScholar has helped my youngest to make strides in reading, as well as giving my middle child some great tools to help him with his reading comprehension. This will definitely be a tool we will continue to use daily.
Information at a glance:
For whom? Students with Dyslexia, learning disabilities, ADHD, processing problems, or whom are struggling to learn to read.
How much is it? $279 for MaxGuru