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« on: June 12, 2008, 08:39:24 AM »

Over the coming days or weeks, I'll be posting a series of 'useful tips to know' about using Little Reader, in order to help you get more out of Little Reader.

The first 'tip' concerns using FLASH mode - both word flash and picture flash.

Background

The Flash mode was designed particularly for right-brain training, which (for teaching to read) involves rapid flashing of cards.   As I remember Janet Doman saying in one of the Glenn Doman DVDs about flash cards (physical ones), you don't have to worry about flashing them too fast, because you won't be able to physically get to a point where it's actually too fast. 

The problem I used to have with physical flash cards is that it can be cumbersome to flash rapidly, especially when the cards are so big.  So this function in Little Reader is meant to help us avoid fumbling with flash cards and dropping them all over the place!

TIPS:

A. Pronounce the words yourself!


If you are happy with your own pronunciation of the words, then turn off the pronunciation function in the Playback screen (make sure the "Pronunciation On" check box is UNCHECKED) and read the words out yourself.

The reason for this is so that you would be able to flash the words FASTER, cos with the pronunciation files there, it would take longer since the words were pronounced relatively slowly, and there's a slight gap at the start of each pronunciation file which causes further delay. (The ending gap won't matter as much because you can cut short the pronunciation playback by forwarding to the next slide before the pronunciation file has finished playing.)

However fast you pronounce, though, please make sure that you continue to enunciate the words CLEARLY.

Later on, we may release new pronunciation sets for you all where the words are spoken at a much faster pace with zero gap in the beginning, so that those who are not comfortable pronouncing the words can also achieve rapid flashing.

B. Turn the Pointer OFF

With rapid flashing, you don't have time to use the pointer! smile

C. Use the NEXT-WORD PREVIEW feature


This is a little preview of the next word which shows up as very small text at the bottom right corner of a slide.  By default, this is turned on.  If not, you can adjust this under Pointer Settings. 

When you play back, you should focus on the preview and not on the big text which is what your child will look at.  Basically, you would call out the preview word at the same time you hit the next button.  That way, the moment your child sees a word, you would be calling out the word at exactly the same time.  Once you get the hang of it, you can achieve very rapid flashing.

D. Flash words, followed by pictures


Some of you may like to ensure that you're teaching your child not just how a word is pronounced (ie., association of a sound/pronunciation with a word letters), but also the MEANING associated with the word.  By purely flashing words, you do not get to teach meaning.

Therefore, after you flash a set of words, flash the corresponding pictures.  Switch the display mode to "Pictures only (flash)."  Note, in this mode, the pronunciation file is automatically played back, INSTEAD of the Sound FX/Picture Audio which normally accompanies pictures.  Again, if you can, then turn off the pronunciation and pronounce the words yourself.

Randomized Playback

Start by flashing the words/pictures "According to list."  After a few times, try randomizing the playback order by selecting "Order: Random".
However, if you're flashing back words immediately followed by pictures, then I think it's more important you keep the order the same for both words and picture flash.


Hope you find this helpful! smile

Anyone with anything to add about using the Flash mode?

KL



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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2008, 04:57:18 AM »

Great tips!  I found that my little boy enjoyed helping me record the pronunciations!  It was fun and a great teaching moment!

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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2008, 02:50:40 AM »

Dear KL

If I would like to print it out in flash card version for Little Panda story, please advise me can I do that ?  smile

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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2008, 03:11:35 AM »

Hi Lin!

We have a HOW-TO on printing out flash cards here:
http://www.brillkids.com/littlereader/moreinfo.html

Consequently, you can find this page by following these steps:
 - Open your Little Reader
 - Go to the Print Screen by clicking on the PRINT button
 - Click on the MORE INFO button.

I hope this helps!  big grin

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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2008, 03:23:41 AM »

Hi Lappy

thanks.  smile

Before receiving your reply I have sort out on this printer part but now studying is it possible to use another computer printer to print out the picture which does not have little reader.  Can I save it in pdf file and print it there ?

await your kind guide.

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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2008, 05:44:43 AM »

Sorry Lin, it's not possible to print it out on a PC without Little Reader  Sad

Little Reader only exports in .CAT files and .PL files which are only readable by other Little Reader programs and cannot be converted to PDF.

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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2009, 10:21:16 AM »

Hi!

Just a quick update: If your computer has software that allows you to print to PDF, you can adjust your print settings, print to a PDF file from Little Reader, ready to transfer to another PC that is capable of printing PDFs!

smile  I know it's a little late, but better late than never ! LOL

Cheers,
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2009, 02:11:08 AM »

I have a question, and was not able to find the answer... I want to print out some of the categories from my LR, I do not have the printer at Home, so I wanted to put the file with the layout into flash drive or CD and print it out at the print shop... How can I do that? Cant wait to enhance my experience in that way, so we can take flash cards of the same lessons with us when we are out...

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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2009, 02:36:16 AM »

Hi Skylark,

The answer is right above your post smile  You can save print layouts to PDF and transfer these PDF files to either a flash drive or a CD; most if not all print shops nowadays will print PDF files.

There are many free utilities that will allow you to print to PDF files readily available online, if you do not have Adobe Acrobat.

Cheers, if you have any further questions, do let me know.  Good luck!

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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2009, 06:18:49 AM »

Thank you so much, Shuki,

I can almost bet that post ws not there  LOL  big grin

Thank you so much for your answer, I will be trying to follow your advice!

Esther

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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2009, 09:35:54 AM »

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How do I reduce the speed of the flashing?  I cant seem to find anywhere where it will allow me to reduce the speed.

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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2009, 01:22:07 PM »

On the Play panel, to the left of it, is the Auto-forward ON/OFF button. Beside that is the Settings button (a cog-wheel icon).  Press that and you'll see the delay time. Move it to the right to increase the delay to slow it down.

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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2013, 10:20:39 PM »

Hi there

How do i set up Flash Mode?

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« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2013, 09:29:08 AM »

Hi UnathiMbo,

If you want to set up your lesson as a Flash lesson, the specific settings you'll need to change are the following:

1. Playback Mode - choose either "Word Only" or "Picture Only"

2. Auto Forward - if you want to have the slides flash automatically for you, choose to turn Auto Forward ON

Kindly refer to this article for detailed instructions: http://support.brillkids.com/entries/20390592-How-to-Adjust-your-Playback-Settings

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« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2013, 04:30:28 PM »

Tried to change the font colour and the background of the Pattern Phonics and Sight Words sections, to make it attractive to my son, but was not successful. His attention diverts the second he sees only letters on the screen Sad
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