How to use Little Reader Touch
Every day, aim to spend about five minutes playing lessons to your child.
To do that, go to the Lesson Library, select one of the categories, and press the PLAY button. After each slide, swipe your finger across the screen to the left to advance to the next slide. Press EXIT at the top-right-hand corner at any time to stop.
When playing the lessons, please try to remember the following:
Repeat the words to your child
Take your time, and repeat each word after the pronunciation has finished playing. This will help make the pronunciation of the word clear to your child, and encourage her to say the word too when she is able to.
Move your finger under the word
Move your finger under each word from left to right as you read the word(s). This will indicate to your child the direction of reading, and is a good way to let your child start to understand letter sounds.
Interact! Interact! Interact!
During multisensory lessons, interact with your child as much as possible. Let your child not only see the word and hear the word, but also feel the word whenever appropriate. For example, help her clap her hands for the word 'clap', rub her ear for the word 'ear', and let her point to yellow objects for the word 'yellow'. If you can engage the sense of smell and taste too, then even better!
Keep lessons joyful
Be lively and have fun during lessons. Give the lesson when your child is in a receptive mood. Never force your child, and never attempt a lesson when your child is tired, sick, or disinterested.
The different lesson modes
You can play back a category using three different playback modes:
This method works by involving as many of your child's senses as possible. The most important thing to remember here is to interact with your child as much as you can, and engage as many of your child's senses as possible. Let your child not only see the word and hear the word, but also feel the word whenever appropriate.
The lessons are set to be manually forwarded (by swiping the screen from right to left), so take as much time as you need. Where appropriate, run your finger under the words as the words are read, to indicate the direction of reading.
These lessons use the flash method, which involves rapid flashing of words (or pictures) to your child. This method takes advantage of your child's right-brain ability to absorb large quantities of information rapidly. These lessons simulate physical flash cards being flashed rapidly to your child. The lessons here are set to be auto-forwarded so you only need to let your child watch them.
This lesson simulates the flashing of pictures to your child and is useful for consolidating her understanding of the meaning of the words. Like the word flash lessons, the slides are auto-forwarded.
You may read more about the philosophy and principles behind these methods by visiting the "Teaching Babies To Read" section.
Downloading more content
Expand your library lessons by downloading more content through our Online Store directly from Little Reader Touch.
You may download our FREE content trials through the app and play lessons directly on your iOS device (iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch).
Full curriculum content downloads is only accessible to licensed Little Reader (PC) users who have purchased the curriculum and iAccess.
Learn about iAccess and how to download the full curriculum lessons?
NOTE: Little Reader Touch is a companion app only to Little Reader (PC). It is not a standalone app. You will have to purchase Little Reader (PC), the curriculum and iAccess to play full lessons on Little Reader Touch.
Your frame of mind
One of the most important things you must remember when teaching your child to read is this:
Always keep the lessons FUN and JOYFUL!
In doing so, this also means:
> Do not focus on achieving results
> Do not force your child if she is not keen to view the lessons.
Focusing on results tends to bring about negative emotions such as anxiety and disappointment, which will be picked up by your child. Similarly, forcing your child is counter-productive and would lead her to associate reading with something negative.
Instead, treat lesson time as a time for bonding with your child. The aim is to expose your child to reading and to have fun while doing so, thereby giving her a joyful and loving experience. Keeping a bonding-focused mindset will make you a much more effective teacher, and you are also likely to find that your child learning to read is a very pleasant side-effect.
Remember, this is not a race! Any exposure to reading that you give to your child during the early years will already be very beneficial.
So just RELAX, and HAVE FUN!
About Little Reader (PC)
Little Reader is a multiple award-winning learning system for parents who wish to teach their baby or toddler to read. The Little Reader Deluxe kit contains:
||The Little Reader Software
At the heart of this system is a revolutionary software program that delivers lessons in ways never before possible. Powerful features include the ability to personalize lessons to make them more meaningful to your child.
||English Curriculum Content (1 year curriculum)
Little Reader's curriculum will guide your child in a progressive fashion from sight-reading single words to reading complete stories. During this time, your child will see 3,000 words in more than 180 subject categories, supported by over 3,000 pictures, 5,500 sounds files, and 460 videos!
||Pattern Phonics™ Flip Cards
Create hundreds of phonic word combinations for your young child - enunciate each letter and blend's sound and change the letter combination by flipping through the cards. These Pattern Phonics™ work by showing words in patterns that facilitate and accelerate your child's natural ability to decode written language.
||Starter Flap Card Kit
Our unique flap cards are a great way to teach your child to read using the multisensory method! Your child will enjoy learning about each word by opening flaps and seeing the pictures. Just insert the pictures and corresponding words into the plastic flaps and start teaching her words relating to the most important subject in her life - her family!
||The Little Reader Storybooks Series
Designed specifically to help you teach your child to read, each book highlights a set of key words from the Little Reader curriculum and presents the story's text on separate pages from the illustrations. This, along with a special flap which you can use to cover the illustrations, will help you focus your child's attention to the words in the story during the process of learning to read.
||Weekly Lesson Planners
Plan and organize your lessons ahead of time and keep a journal of your child's progress! With the Weekly Lesson Planner, all the words from each day's lessons are clearly laid out, you are encouraged to make notes on your child's progress as you follow the curriculum.
||Teaching Your Baby To Read Booklet
Learn about the philosophy behind early reading instruction, the teaching methods you can use, why it's important to learn phonics before starting starting school and - most importantly - how to give your child a lifelong love of reading.
||Teaching with Little Reader Booklet
Get an easy to comprehend introduction to using the Little Reader Learning System - this booklet will help you understand how the system works and how the curriculum was created so you can make the most out of your Little Reader experience.
|| Loyalty Points Bonus Coupon
Your account will be credited with points bonuses immediately after purchase - use them to download lessons and to redeem discount coupons for BrillKids and partner products! (amount varies depending on purchase)
||Sticker Labels for playing the Labeling Game
Make a game of labeling objects in your child's world and help her naturally associate the written word with physical objects (and even people!) in her environment!
Difference between Little Reader Touch
and Little Reader (PC)
Features available on the Little Reader (PC) software that are not available on Little Reader Touch:
You can edit your lessons.
You can create, edit and customize your lessons.
You cannot create your own lessons
Little Reader downloads from the BrillKids Online Library (http://library.brillkids.com) are not compatible with Little Reader Touch (specifically because Little Reader PC and Little Reader Touch are both using different operating systems).
You can now play Games lessons.
The Game option for Categories are available in version 2 of the app
The new version 3 curriculum is now available!
The new version 3 English curriculum update is now available (an update to version 2 of the app is required). Updates for other language curricula will be available soon.
Support - You'll never teach alone
Thanks to our online help desk and video tutorials, help is only a click away.
Should you need to contact our efficient customer support team, send us an email, and we'll be sure to respond to you within 24 hours (72 hours if on a weekend.)
Further, Little Reader is brought to you by BrillKids - home to the world's most active early learning community, at BrillKids.com.
With over 60,000 members from all over the world, the BrillKids community is here to support you every step of the way as you embark on this exciting journey with your child.
What is iAccess
iAccess is a feature which allows you to download and play your purchased Little Reader Curriculum on your iOS device (iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch) through our app, Little Reader Touch.
This feature is only available to licensed users of Little Reader (PC) and requires a purchase from our BrillKids Online Store. To use this feature, you will have to own a Little Reader (PC) license first.
How to use iAccess:
Sign up for a BrillKids Account on our website here. (If you already have an account, skip to the next step).
- Download the Little Reader Touch app from the Apple App Store.
- Purchase Little Reader (PC) and the curriculum of your choice from our Online Store and activate the software and content on your computer. (If you have purchased and activated your software, skip to the next step).
Purchase iAccess from our Online Store.
- Open the Little Reader Touch app and sign in to your BrillKids Account through "Settings".
- Now go to "Download Lessons" and look for your curriculum and download (there should be a green flag saying "iAccess Enabled").
- After downloading is complete, the item will appear in your "Lesson Library"