How I Use It
This program is excellent for differentiating instruction during my literacy block! While I am doing reading comprehension with a more challenging text, I have my beginning literacy group on lalilo.com, learning their letters, sight words, word families, and answering basic comprehension questions about Level A books. The placement test got them all started on their correct individual levels. I can see what they worked on each day and provide work that matches, reinforces and solidifies their learning. With my students who are working at a higher reading level, they can also get instruction in more advanced phonics concepts and word families, and read stories that use those skills. I can work with my beginning group while the other group works on more advanced skills. I can assign specific items to work on, or just let them follow the path of the program. Some of the beginning ELLs that don't understand some of the directions in English will need you to sit with them at first to get them going on some of the tasks, i.e. "click on the word that starts with the same sounds as ....".
It's an amazing tool that is allowing me to address all the needs in room every day. I love the phonics and word work with sight words and word families. It's much more than just listening to books read aloud and answering comprehension questions, although it has that component too. They have put their focus on developing quality activities. The reporting doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but the actual lessons and activities for the students are excellent.