How does Amira help my child?
The purpose of this article is to describe how Amira delivers personalized help to readers -- the right intervention on the right word at the right time.
Read below to learn about a few examples of how Amira provides help. We call these micro-interventions. As a student reads, Amira provides just enough support to encourage “productive struggle.”
Provide the Definition
Amira shows a popup of the word, an image that depicts the word, and says the definition to build vocabulary and support understanding.
Lip Sync - Phoneme
Amira shows a popup of the word and then shows a video of an adult’s lips pronouncing the sounds (phonemes) of a word. The student sees and hears a model of how to say the sounds, to blend the sounds together aloud, and then say the whole word.
Lip Sync - Syllable
Amira shows a video of an adult’s lips pronouncing the word. The student sees and hears a model of how to say the word by word part (syllable) and as a whole word.
Amira provides a rhyming word to reinforce a word pattern / association and encourages the student to continue reading.
Amira shows an Elkonin box (with spaces for each sound of a word) with red balls beneath each box. As students drag each ball into the box above it, audio is produced for the sounds so that the student can make the connection between the word and the individual sounds that make up the word.
Amira shows a popup of the word, identifies the number of the letters and sounds, asks students to sound out the word, and then says the word - sound by sound so that the student can hear the sounds to orally blend.
Amira shows a popup with the letters and spells out the word to help the student make the connection between the spelling and pronunciation.
Amira does a flashcard exercise for Dolch Words and key high frequency words. She says the word, asks the student to say the word three times, and flashes the word for repetition.
Story Questions During Reading
Amira will ask questions during some stories. She will prompt if an incorrect answer is selected and eventually guide the student to the correct answer if a mistake is made.
Read With Me
If a student cannot make progress during two phrases of a story, Amira will step in and read phrases in an echo format. She will read a phrase and the student will read it back. After four phrases, Amira will invite the student to continue reading independently. Watch a video of this intervention here.
Observe your child with Amira and notice the kinds of mistakes they make. Notice how Amira varies the support and try incorporating some of her tips when you read books with your child or encounter new words in your environment. Your child’s teacher is also a great resource for extending these connections into the ongoing learning.