Introducing The Word Monsters, a new and innovative series of interactive, decodable readers! Join Tag and his friends on their adventures while developing reading skills in a visually rich, highly engaging environment. This carefully structured program combines standard phonics-based instruction with engaging interactive stories to make learning to read fun! Each book also contains three activities that build on the skills addressed in each book. Developed by experienced industry professionals for use at home or in a school setting, The Word Monsters provides explicit alignments to the US Common Core State Standardsdownload now and try the first book for free!Main FeaturesRichly designed visuals and engaging stories featuring 5 quirky fun-loving monster characters, each with their own special abilityDeveloped in accordance with the US Common Core State Standards and addressing the three main strands: Literature, Foundational Skills, and LanguageSynchronized professional voiceover audio with text highlightingAbility to decode or "sound out" individual words by touching themInteractive screen elements, providing additional engagement and vocabularyCharacter speech and accompanying speech bubbles for richer readingStandards correlated phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension instruction on every screen via an animated "Reading Buddy" character"Read on Your Own" or "Read to Me Mode" with automatic event triggering to allow for greater accessibilityThree standards correlated activities at the end of each book focusing on phonics, vocabulary, and reading comprehensionAccompanying Teaching Notes and Student Print Activities available free from our websiteSome Key Features in DetailAudio ReinforcementEvery sentence in a Word Monster story can be read aloud by touching the audio icon to the left of the sentence, with highlighting of each word so that students can associate the printed word with its sound. Each decodable word can also be touched to sound it out e.g., touching the word "Tag" will result in the audio sounding out each individual letter /T/ /A/ /G/ before blending the sounds together to say "Tag."Reading BuddyEach screen in the Word Monster books features optional supplementary instruction around phonemic awareness, print concepts, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and sight words. This instruction is aligned to the US Common Core State Standards. Some of this instruction takes a question/answer format, with the Reading Buddy playing the role of a teacher or parent prompting the student and keeping him/her at the edge of his/her learning curve.Interactive AnimationsEvery screen in the Word Monster books is enriched with interactive objects, each of which can be touched to trigger a fun animation. In the process, the object is named in the audio and the corresponding word appears on screen. The goal of these interactions is to entertain the child, while at the same time increasing vocabulary by introducing more challenging words in an engaging way.Character SpeechChildren can interact directly with the characters on screen by touching them to elicit a response in the form of a short phrase that relates to events in the story. This speech is simultaneously displayed in a speech bubble to support the audio. This feature allows the user to engage with the story in another fun way, while also introducing richer, more challenging vocabulary than that contained in the main decodable text.