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Title: Differences between LR v2 and v3 curriculum - Should you switch over?
Post by: KL on November 08, 2012, 06:14:19 AM
Hi all,

Many of you who are currently using the v2 curriculum might be wondering whether you should switch over to the v3 curriculum, and what the main differences are between the two. (If you're not aware of the v3 update and what new features it brings, please see this announcement (http://forum.brillkids.com/announcements/update-to-little-reader-v3!/).)

Main differences in Curriculum Content

- Pattern Phonics

Although there are the same number of PP lessons, they get shown twice a session (slightly shorter duration each time) in Semester 1, so all PP lessons get covered much sooner in the curriculum than before, and we get to repeat them more.  They also start from Day 1 as opposed to Day 21.

- Sight Words

We no longer have a Word Flash session at the beginning. Instead, we use the time to show these sight words, in word-flash mode, later on in the lesson.  That's why we now start with Picture Flash.

- Word Split lessons

No new words are added here, but we take certain words from the curriculum (words previously shown before) and show them in split format - sometimes split into syllables, and sometimes into parts of a single-syallable word.

- Stories

You now get all 25 stories that come as storybooks in the LR Deluxe package, and these stories now start from the first day of Sem 2.  (Note: Three categories which were previously "Simple Sentences" Categories have been converted into stories.)

- Main Categories

The order that the main categories appear remain roughly the same, with just a few exceptions, eg., we moved "Shapes" from Sem 2 to Sem 1, because we show "Colors and Shapes" much earlier now (see below regarding "Third Category"). 

The day in which the main categories appear will not likely be exactly the same as before. 

In v3, all of these Categories get reviewed again later over a 2-day period, typically in upper case. 

- The "Third Category"

In v2, the third Multisensory Category that gets shown in a session usually contains "Follow-up" content (like couplets of words already shown, singular/plural, simple sentences, etc., and then finally changing into stories halfway through Sem 2).  In v3, these Follow-up Categories all get shown in Sem 1, so that the whole of Sem 2 gets devoted to Stories for that time slot (as mentioned above).

- Game lessons

No new content here, except that the day's content is reviewed using the new Game mode.


If you're in the middle of a v2 curriculum, should you switch?

It's fine to just keep using the old curriculum, and that would be the easy thing to do. The v2 curriculum is still a very effective curriculum.

However, I would encourage you to switch, as we believe the lessons are more engaging and even more effective.  This is especially so if you're still in Semester 1.  Personally, unless I were already past Day 200, I would switch.  And I would simply carry on from the same day.  Or if you started on Sem 2 not long ago, you might want to start from the first day of Sem 2 again, since the stories start then.

The switch might be a bit jarring at first, but it will probably settle down before long.  If you find that the review lessons are covering categories that have not been shown before, then go to Categories and play back those categories separately.


Title: Re: Differences between LR v2 and v3 curriculum - Should you switch over?
Post by: Mandabplus3 on November 08, 2012, 08:24:55 AM
We switched at day 146 I think it was. Strait swap over. No problems at all. My son prefers the newer version as he gets the games and the stories every lesson!
I recommend you switch! Even if you are nearly finished, it'll be a nice change for your kids to finish of the curriculum. plus it will give you a chance to get used to the program before you start making your own second year curriculum  :biggrin:


Title: Re: Differences between LR v2 and v3 curriculum - Should you switch over?
Post by: lzp11 on November 08, 2012, 09:35:43 AM
KL - is the British curriculum new as well?  I just changed to he new version and downloaded the new curriculum but it looks just the same as the old one?


Title: Re: Differences between LR v2 and v3 curriculum - Should you switch over?
Post by: Lappy on November 08, 2012, 10:25:02 AM
Hi lzp11!  :blush:

As written in the announcement post and in the email:
"The new Little Reader curriculum update is currently available for English (US) Semester 1 and Semester 1+2 users. Updates for the English (UK), Chinese (Simplified) and Chinese (Traditional) curricula will be available soon."

We will be releasing an update to the UK Curriculum soon (by next week optimistically!) which will have all new HD media, the new format of the curriculum, and all the new stories which come along with the v3 release.


Title: Re: Differences between LR v2 and v3 curriculum - Should you switch over?
Post by: lzp11 on November 08, 2012, 10:59:15 AM
Thanks I can't wait!!
 :biggrin:


Title: Re: Differences between LR v2 and v3 curriculum - Should you switch over?
Post by: sonya_post on November 08, 2012, 03:57:03 PM
We switched. I was on day 230 with my LO and then we just went to the beginning of Semester 2. I also started Miss. C with Downs from the very beginning as I wasn't sure how much she caught the first time around and we move ahead on the weekends without her. So both kids are now getting four lessons a day during the week if they choose. MIss C. is loving this new format. We are finding that Miss C. knows a whole lot more than we thought she knew. We haven't come across a word in the games section that she hasn't gotten correct. She wouldn't tell me if I asked her, but she will gladly play the games. LOVING IT! But I love all things BK.


Title: Re: Differences between LR v2 and v3 curriculum - Should you switch over?
Post by: Jemi on February 09, 2013, 01:16:58 AM
We switched. My DD seems to prefer it. She likes being able to do more than press to continue. Also I can get a better idea about her reading / through the games since she bizarrely refuses to read many words to me even though I know she is can read and recognise more words....... anyway. I like it. She was chuffed to see her pic inside the programme.