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Earobics®
Beginning Reading

Earobics® was found to have positive effects on alphabetics and potentially positive effects on reading fluency.

Earobics® is an interactive software that provides students in prekindergarten through grade 3 with individual, systematic instruction in early literacy skills as students interact with animated characters. Earobics® Foundations is the version for prekindergaten, kindergarten, and grade 1. Earobics® Connections is for grades 2 and 3 and older struggling readers. The program builds students’ skills in phonemic awareness, auditory processing, and phonics, as well as the cognitive and language skills required for comprehension. Each level of instruction addresses recognizing and blending sounds, rhyming, and discriminating phonemes within words, adjusting to each student’s ability level. The software is supported by music, audiocassettes, and videotapes, and includes picture/word cards, letter–sound decks, big books, little books, and leveled readers for reading independently or in groups.

Findings

4
studies that met standards out of
6
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Alphabetics Positive effects K-3
 
 
19
Reading fluency Potentially positive effects K-3
 
 
15

Last Updated: January 2009

Race

Asian
9%
Black
7%
Native American
17%
White
40%
Not specified
22%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
37%
Not Hispanic
63%

Gender

Male: 55%
Female: 44%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

58%

English Learners

English Learners icon
58%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
Individual

Urbanicity

Suburban
Urban

Locations

IL, FL, AK, CA
Midwest, South, West


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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-07-CO-0062.

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