MaxScholar is an online Orton-Gillingham phonics/reading/ELA program you can use from home. Orton-Gillingham is often used with a struggling reader and has multi-sensory instruction which any student can benefit from (music, songs, read aloud feature, summarizing, retelling). It will use a variety of techniques which they call blended instruction. While not designed to replace direct parent/teacher instruction, the software does allow for some independent learning.
Online access is for 1-year, 1 student, and you have 3 options for the online programs. Each course opens with a placement test for your student, checking their phonics knowledge and reading comprehension level. This feature allows content to be adapted to your student’s needs! With streamed content, you can watch the lessons on any device or computer as long as you access the program using Google Chrome as your browser.
Early Start is for PK students. You have access to the phonics materials including lessons in consonants, vowels, blends & digraphs. Develop phonemic awareness, sound blending, fluency, sight words & more. K-2 is the next level, and you can access the phonics skills mentioned plus reading skills. These include reading, highlighting, comprehension, summarizing, writing, vocabulary & more. Maxguru K-12 has the phonics and reading with additional ELA content such as syllabication, spelling rules, prefixes, suffixes, word roots, etc. Additional drill & practice comes with this level. This seems like a useful tool for remediation or instruction as it can flex with the student’s ability. This option would be perfect for non-English speakers looking to improve their language skills. Please note that after purchase of the online student license, MaxScholar will contact you directly to complete the setup for the student subscription.
Several print Workbooks are available as a separate purchase for reinforcement. Workbooks align with software scope and sequence. Pages are bold and graphic with a pleasing amount of white space on a page. Teacher Manuals offer teacher support for select workbooks and related online content. Through the separate dashboard, a parent can print reports to show growth and target areas in need of attention. MaxScholar can be used as a helpful intervention for students with dyslexia, ADHD, auditory processing issues and reading struggles, even those with Autism and Asperger’s.