* Portable programs for:
* Simple spelling practice
* Magic E
* Structured spelling practice in sentences
* Vowels, CVC, consonant blends, rhyming skills, onset / rime
As a peripatetic teacher, have you ever wished that you could use some of
your favourite spelling programs with pupils, but found that they are not
available within school?
No problem - we've taken 4 of our best phonics programs and installed them
onto this usb flash drive*. This means that you can plug this handy resource
into any PC/Windows computer and run the programs without needing to install
Some of the programs allow you to enter your own new content such as word
lists or sound recordings - and this device has lots of memory available for
holding such new material. So, you might prepare a lesson for a pupil who
needs extra practice in a particular spelling pattern - just copy the words
to the Toolbox and take it with you. All of the programs will generate pupil
record files, and these too are stored on the 'dongle'.
* USB flash drives are sometimes known as a 'pen drive', 'thumb drive' 'memory
stick' or 'dongle'. Please note that whilst this device will run quite happily
on the majority of Windows/PC computers, it is possible that some resident
anti-virus software may display a warning, or even prevent the Xavier programs
from running. In this event, you should consult the owner/technician.
Soapbox - an ultra-simple spelling practice program that
has extensive recorded word lists graded by spelling pattern. Free from
onscreen distractions, this program provides a utility for quick and easy
spelling practice with positive reinforcement throughout. Whilst there are
several hundred words provided within the program (each with a digital recording)
it is very easy to add your own new content.
Sounds & Rhymes - an extensive range of presentations
that introduce the sounds of the short vowels, onset/rime, CVC words, consonant
blends, rhyming skills. It is not possible to add extra content to this
program because it already holds many CVC words and every possible consonant
Magic-E - has a 'teacher' section which uses fun animations
to illustrate the effect of adding that final, silent 'e' - and a platform
game for practising the spellings of these tricky words. You may add your
own new words to this program which is particularly suitable for use with
bisyllabic words (we've included some as a demonstration).
Sentence Pumper - spelling practice in a sentence context.
This weird machine will present sentences for look/cover/copy work, with
a range of options to hide vowels or other letter patterns. We've included
extensive sentence lists graded by phonic spelling patterns, and it is a
simple task to add your own new content.
Need more information? Download the user guides and
You may download a package containing the user guides and word lists by clicking
Updates: Make sure that you have the very
latest versions by downloading package #1 (7Mb) , below.
Release date is 29/10/2010 - if you have purchased your Toolbox after this
date, you will already have these versions.
Xavier Toolbox Update package