Tips: Amira Practice
This article gives families tips for using Amira Practice. The recommended practice time is 30-60 minutes per week.
Purpose of Amira Practice
- Amira listens to developing readers read out loud and provides in-the-moment help to build reading ability.
- Practice with Amira is like reading 1:1 with a tutor. As a student reads, Amira provides scaffolding and support, while encouraging “productive struggle.”
Amira Practice In Action - Sample Video
Watch this video to see Amira Practice in action with a kindergarten student.
You will need to set up your device and browser microphone so that Amira can hear your student read aloud. You will want to find a quiet place for your child to read. Review the Get Your Device Ready for Amira, the Enable Your Microphone articles , and our FAQ articles if you have any questions.
Amira is listening to your child read and responding along the way. You may notice different behaviors that are explained below:
As your child reads aloud, a cursor will move across the text and the color of the text will change from black to grey.
- If the cursor under the word isn’t moving or keeping up, encourage your student to continue reading.
- If the cursor seems to get stuck, visit our FAQs for tips for troubleshooting.
As Amira provides help (we call them “micro-interventions”), encourage your child to follow the directions which may include:
- listening to the word
- saying the sounds
- moving red balls to make sounds
- saying or repeating the word
To see the ways Amira provides help, visit our article How Amira Helps. Keep in mind that Amira does not continue to prompt as the child responds, it is expected that students follow along and learn from the suggestions.
Answer Story Questions
At the end of a story, Amira may ask two story related questions.
- Encourage your child to read and answer the questions.
- It is okay to assist with the answers but allow your child to make their best guess.
- Amira will prompt your child if they make a mistake.
Make sure your student finishes the story they are reading before moving on to another activity.
- Only completed stories are “saved” for the teacher and for leveling purposes.
Amira will display a report of reading progress at the end of each story.
Amira will show progress in terms of speed (words read correctly in a minute - WCPM) and accuracy for the most recent story read.
- The goal is to read with 95% accuracy to make sure your child reads well enough to be able to focus on the meaning of the text. Your child can re-read stories to improve accuracy.
- Speed may vary as story leveling adapts to your child’s reading. It is expected that speed scores will differ from story to story.
Amira Practice is shown to have the best impact on growth with students who practice throughout the week for 30-60 minutes.
- 1 story a day is a great starting point as story lengths vary.
- 10-15 minutes daily would be the maximum.
Read our Top 7 Tips for Families for more ideas about how to help with Amira. To learn more about the ways Amira offers assistance throughout your child's reading practice session, visit our article about the How Amira Helps.