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Fitzroy Sounding Readers

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This software does just what a personal tutor would do—only with infinite patience! It reads pages, repeats any word on request (in a different voice), lets the student creatively alter or rewrite any story, and presents questions and activities with the vocabulary of each story.

Years K to 2


The Fitzroy Method is a phonic approach to reading developed over the last 3 decades. The Fitzroy Readers introduce new spelling patterns with each story, so that children are able to decode the words for themselves. Words which cannot be sounded out are called ‘special’ and are treated as sight words. This system has proven to be a complete and highly successful literacy programme.

There are five Fitzroy Sounding Readers CDs, each containing ten books:

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The Fitzroy Sounding Readers software offers many useful features, including:

  • stories read in clear speech with Australian accents;
  • the ability to hear individual words spoken aloud by clicking on them;
  • a facility to enable children to write their own versions of the stories, hear them read aloud by the computer;
  • extensive teacher options, including the ability to create different user-groups, each with their own settings;
  • comprehensive tracking options, allow the teacher to monitor the progress of a whole group or of each individual;
  • questions and activities for every book.

The software provides a clearly spoken reading of each story, and related activities.

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As with the original Fitzroy Talking Readers software, the main feature of new packages is the “Read” facility. The computer reads each page of the stories aloud, in a pre-recorded Australian voice, and a moving underline (optionally) highlights each word as it is spoken. This allows children to associate the sound of each word with its printed appearance and its meaning – which is what reading is all about! Students can also click on any word to hear it.

Importantly, if the student clicks on a phonic word, the computer sounds out the components of the word, as well as the word itself. Hence “sounding” readers.

Children can write their own version of each story, can save it and hear it spoken (using the computer’s text-to-speech engine). This facility is aimed more at slightly older children.

New – Questions
A series of questions accompanies each story. The words, sounds and concepts of each story are reinforced and tested in the ‘Questions’ section.

New – Activities
Each book has activities that provide practice with sounds, spelling, special words, grammar, word-formation, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Enhanced Teacher Facilities
Teachers can arrange students in different user-groups, each with its own settings (controlling access to books, questions & activities, pronunciation, printing, etc.). Progress reports are available for a whole class, or for each individual. These reports show which questions and activities each student has completed, thus giving a good measure of their progress and understanding.

Package includes CD suitable for both Windows and Macintosh. This software is suitable for use with Mac OS X and Windows 7 64-bit.

I have put this new software straight to use. My student was delighted with the ability to hear his internal monologue read back to him, having never received auditory feedback from his reading before. It was a truly magic moment to see his enthusiasm. It made my day. The sounding out component is brilliant for phonemic and phonological awareness.

Students are able to track each phoneme visually, as it is articulated. It will greatly assist spelling and writing ability as well. The priming and post reading activities reinforce the components of the text superbly. Having the irregular high frequency words highlighted differently, reinforces visually that these words must be remembered by sight and cannot be sounded out. I knew this would be another great Fitzroy Readers product, and was not disappointed.

Kristin Anthian: Dip.T(EC), B.Ed(P), PGDip.Ed.St(ECI), M.Ed(SE.I&EI)
Educational and Developmental Consultant, Supporting Diverse and Exceptional Learners

Price: $104.50  

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