It’s been a labour of love getting Readahead going.
My Uncle, a school teacher in the UK designed this fantastic reading system many years ago now. About 10 years ago he asked if I could design some software to demonstrate it and help teach the system to not only children, but anyone with reading difficulties or learning English as a second language.
With some basic rules:
- Red letters = the name of the letter ( ‘a’ as in ‘page’)
- Black letters = the sound of the letter (‘a’ as in ‘apple’)
- Blue letters are silent
You can have non readers reading words like as simple as name and difficult as e’pit’o‘me and everything in between in a matter of minutes.
There are some easy to remember symbols for letter combinations like ‘sh’ and ‘ng’ and ‘th’ etc.
The Readahead software provides a really nice interface for learning these rules and practicing your reading.
Despite having a publishing arrangement with a distributor for a year or so, not much came of the software, which is a shame. I’d be interested in hearing what you think about it.
Click here for a demonstration in your browser. (Requires Java)