Reading & Writing Level 4

Reading & Writing Level 4

Non-story books such as books on science are critical to reading success. At level 4, children are introduced to science-related texts such as the habits of animals and the manned space flight to the moon. Presentation of this material naturally entails more complex vocabulary (the words continue to become more advanced in terms of both meaning and spelling) and more sophisticated sentences.


Level New Words New Words + Variants Total New Words New Books
4 63 180 243 6

Here is an example of teaching the word "people" through the Stay and Play format. In learning to read, it's important to go beyond single words and deal with words as they appear in books; namely, when they are used in combination with other words. Stay and Play achieves this goal.


First, in learning a word, in this case, the word people, a child sees a set of words:


Stay and Play
Stay and Play
Stay and Play

Based on the audio instructions, the child has to read and then click on selected words that then form a meaningful sentence. The sentence is followed by a graphic that illustrates its meaning


Then for the final step, guided by audio instructions, the child has to type some or all of the words in the sentence - including its punctuation. Here is an example of teaching the super sight word "until" through the Find and Fill format which teaches spelling. (Super sight words are a group of about 100 words - all of which are taught in ASD Reading - which occupy 50%-60% of every page of text in the English language.) In teaching spelling, it's common to ask children to write the same word several times in a row. Unfortunately, this tends to be ineffective. It's important to get the child to focus in a more thoughtful manner. The Find and Fill format is designed for that purpose.


Find and Fill
After the words are filled in, a graphic appears that illustrates the meaning of the sentence.

Find and Fill
Then a set of incomplete words appears and the child is asked to find the one that can become until.
Find and Fill
Following that, the child has to fill in the incomplete word to make it into the target word

After learning all the words in a book, children are given the book to read and/or have read to them by the program. Level 4 has 6 books.


Here is a sample page from Book 24.


Book 24 sample

Book 24 sample
Every other book is a fill in book that requires children to select and type words to complete the missing parts, so that they become more active participants in the reading/writing process. Here is a sample page from Book 24:
Book 24 sample
Once a child has filled in all the words, the shading is removed from the image and it animates.

Book 24 sample
In Level 4 children are given a comprehension section at the end of each book called Gleaning Meaning. This helps children to capture the "main idea," a critical aspect of reading.


Key features of the books

  • All the books have engaging graphics, animations, sound effects and music.
  • Children are taught all the words in a book before beginning a book, so they can always read it successfully.
  • Children can click on any word to hear the word said aloud so they never have to face the frustration of not knowing what a word is "saying."

Length of time to complete

Typically one new word or one new book is offered in a session. Prior to teaching a word, the program determines if a child already knows that word, and if so, the program skips that word and moves on to the next word. As children become more proficient, they are taught two new words per session. Assuming 4 to 5 sessions a week, a level takes approximately 6-10 weeks to complete.


Go to Reading & Writing Level 5 Samples

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