If you are using The Learning Program, this app is a wonderful supplement to Level 1. It is also useful in teaching sight words to visual learners.
Promotes vocabulary development, sight word acquisition and sentence building.
VisuaLearn offers a simple interface with activities designed for typically developing children, children with Down syndrome or children with visual learning strengths who might benefit from guidance through smaller learning steps.
After choosing a title from the VisuaLearn library, your learner can engage in the following activities:
(1) Read It
Learner can read the book independently or listen to the book by touching the sentence on each page. Words are underlined as read. Learner can also hear key vocabulary words by touching the picture.
(2) Match It
Learner can match picture or word tiles to the same pictures or word tiles on the screen. Picture and word order are randomized to facilitate learning.
(3) Select It
Learner can select words to match a picture prompt and answer the question "what is this picture?"
(4) Name It
Learner can label the picture or read the word based on a visual prompt. Answers can be checked by tapping the picture or word, which then rotates to reveal and say the answer.
(5) Draw a Line
Learner can draw a line to connect words with words or words with pictures.
(6) Build a Sentence
Learner can drag and drop word tiles into the sentence frame to build sentences.
-Learner is guided at the end of each activity to “Do it again” or “Keep going.” If Learner chooses “Keep going,” he or she will be guided to the next activity.
-Learner can return to library by touching the book icon in the upper left corner.
-Learner can return to the activity page by touching the activity icon in the upper left corner.
Additional information about each step in this app is available to download at http://dsfoc.org/learning-program/lp-archive/literacy-materials/instructional-materials.
1. If you are already enrolled in The Learning Program, this app is based on Level 1 and introduces and reinforces learning of 144 Level 1 words. This app may also be used in conjunction with LP Online. For more information on The Learning Program, see http://dsfoc.org/learning-program.
2. Most books and supplementary materials found on this app can be downloaded for free from http://dsfoc.org/learning-program/lp-archive/literacy-materials/sight-word-readers. All resources can be purchased at http://dsfoc.org/learning-program-store.
Among other benefits, activities in this app help support mastery of the following Common Core State Standards:
Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.
Recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence (e.g., first word, capitalization, ending punctuation).
Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does).
Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.
Sort common objects into categories to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.
Identify real-life connections between words and their use.
We welcome your feedback and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.
Improved navigation to activities screen and added activities screen icon
Added word tracking for sentences during “Read” and “Build a Sentence” activities
Added tracking of completed book sets
Changed library icon
Ratings and Reviews
I recently attended the NDSC 2015 in Phoenix, AZ and sat in on the session that featured this App. The presenter showed children with DS successfully reading with this material. I purchased the App and have been using it daily, we do 2 books a day and my son is doing it, he likes it, and it's working. Of course as his reading skills continue to develop we will need a higher level of material, but this is a great starting point. My son is 11, he has Ds and has some reading skills, but is nowhere near grade level. This program seems very beneficial.
Please develop more material to continue his growth😊
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- Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County
- 106.8 MB
- Requires iPadOS 7.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- 4+, Made for Ages 6–8
- © Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County
Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.