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How do I know when my child is really reading?

Posted by on Nov 28, 2013 in Literacy for Today's Child, Reading Research & FAQ's, Dr. Kay MacPhee, The Ooka Blog | 0 comments

How do I know when my child is really reading?

The Book Progress report can be used to determine when a child has broken into reading. Red  Line: Represents a child’s understanding of what s/he is reading (comprehension) Blue  Line: Represents a child’s ability to match the words heard with what is seen in print (concept of word) Reading Score Goal: The goal for each new reader is to be able to match spoken words to printed words (blue line) as well as to understand what they have just read (red line). When the red and blue lines come together near the top of the chart, ie....

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Ooka Island on Dragons’ Den

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Ooka News & Reviews, Ooka Tube Videos, The Ooka Blog | 0 comments

Ooka Island on Dragons’ Den

  Ooka Island’s aim is to eradicate illiteracy — not to reduce it, but to do away with it. Their tool is Ooka Island’s comprehensive early literacy program that helps children ages three to seven learn to read. What’s special about its technology is that it is adaptive, which means that the system analyzes the childrens’ results, determines their strengths and weaknesses and then formulates customized programs that help them through areas that give them...

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Parents, Grandparents and Teachers: Get in the Game!

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in Musings from the CEO | 0 comments

Parents, Grandparents and Teachers: Get in the Game!

Become a CHEEReader and Encourage Your Players with Specific Messages!! Become a CHEEReader and encourage your players with some great messages! How would you like to start every day with a positive message from someone you care about? Here at Ooka Island we believe young learners would like to as well. If you are an account manager (parent or teacher) here is your opportunity to get involved and be an important part of a child’s Ooka Island Adventure! The Ooka Island Adventure has a built in CHEEReader encouragement system that enables a...

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Learning New Sounds in the Cave of Sounds!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Ooka News & Reviews | 0 comments

Learning New Sounds in the Cave of Sounds!

A four year old child plays Ooka Island’s Cave of Sounds activity at Grandma’s house and learns the ‘S’ sound. Watch video: In the Cave of Sounds activity, the player navigates through an underground cave and learns to recognize single sounds and to connect these sounds and letters. In later levels of the game, the player learns to identify initial and final consonant sounds in syllables and...

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Ooka Island Teams Up With Books With No Bounds to Help Aboriginal Youth

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Ooka News & Reviews | 0 comments

Ooka Island Teams Up With Books With No Bounds to Help Aboriginal Youth

  Ooka Island wholeheartedly supports Emma and Julia Mogus and their important mission to help children learn to read. They are teen sisters on a mission to bring books and improve literacy among Aboriginal youth in remote northern Ontario communities. They have sent over 17,500 books to all 49 communities of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. Ooka Island recently donated a complete library of 95 Ooka Island books to this worthy cause and look forward to continued involvement with Emma and Julia! Check out this video to see what Books...

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The Joy of Ooka iTunes – Treasure Chest Song

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Musings from the CEO | 0 comments

The Joy of Ooka iTunes – Treasure Chest Song

Enjoy the Ooka Island FREE iPad and iPhone App at: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/ooka-tunes-sing-along-songs/id491765620?mt=8 Children and parents love the music in the Ooka Island Adventure. Here’s what parents are saying: “The songs are fantastic!” Lisa, Riverains “…She also loves the music and songs and I find that both of us seem to start humming the theme song throughout the day.” Jessica,  Orange Marmalade Mama “The music is so catchy (we all get the theme song stuck in our heads), and she always ASKS to play Ooka...

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20TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA CHARTER SCHOOLS CONFERENCE

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Ooka News & Reviews | 0 comments

20TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA CHARTER SCHOOLS CONFERENCE

The 20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA, March 11–14, 2013. Come and visit us at our Ooka Island Booth.  The mission of the California Charter Schools Conference is to inspire academic excellence, operational integrity and unity among charter schools throughout California. Ooka Island is looking forward to meeting the wonderful conference attendees – teachers, board members, administrators, business managers, parents, university educators, political...

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Ooka Island Emergent Books and the Wonderful World of Reading

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in Musings from the CEO | 0 comments

Ooka Island Emergent Books and the Wonderful World of Reading

  Have you ever come home tired after a long day and found your children waiting for you with boundless energy, ready to jump on your back, ready to be lifted up, ready to play hide and seek? Although you may be mentally and physically drained, you muster up some energy and hide behind the curtains, chase them around the house and you even pretend that you don’t see your youngest child “hiding” in plain view under the coffee table. Children never tire of playing hide and seek, anywhere and anytime. That situation inspired me to write...

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Reluctant Reader Stress Syndrome – A Reading Prevention

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Literacy for Today's Child, The Ooka Blog | 0 comments

Reluctant Reader Stress Syndrome – A Reading Prevention

If you’re the parent of a young child, you may already have experienced the dreaded S-word when it comes to your child learning to read:  STRESS.   If you’re anything like me, a lover of the printed word and the fantastical escapes to new lands that it provides, you may have felt pangs of fear and worry when trying to guide your son or daughter through the pages of a book.   Is he ever going to recognize that word?  Why does she keep skipping over that one?   What am I doing wrong??! Now, stop for a minute and imagine what your...

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Ooka Island: The Most Rewarding Travel Adventure Available…and No Plane Ticket Required!

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Reading Heroes | 0 comments

Ooka Island: The Most Rewarding Travel Adventure Available…and No Plane Ticket Required!

Young children may not be skilled at sharing toys but they sure share a love for adventure!  Whether it’s a drive past an airport, a trip up the escalator, or a walk through a park, the excitement of new discovery just shines on their little faces.   I didn’t think my son could get any more enthusiastic about seeing an elevator until the day he triumphantly proclaimed: “Look, Mom!  The button next to the elevator says UP!” Learning to read is an amazing adventure in itself.   You probably can’t remember the moment in your...

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