This morning I introduced SuperSpeed 1000 to the 1st grader that I tutor. (The suggested age is 3rd-12th...but she is ready!) Before she began kindergarten we used SuperSpeed Letters. After practicing with Biffytoons to learn the beginning sight words, we played SuperSpeed 100 all the way to the end. (She played all the way through SuperSpeed Numbers as well.) It only seems natural to move on! SuperSpeed 1000 starts with the most common sight words and gets progressively harder, so I think it will be a great way to help her continue to grow.
It had been several months since we played a SuperSpeed game together, but after showing her the agenda for the day, SuperSpeed was her first choice! She loves trying to beat her records and coloring in stars to show her success.
I've had the pleasure of using the SuperSpeed games with every grade between pre-K and 7th (except for 5th) and I've had nothing but positive results. They all enjoy what could be mundane practice. Here is what the manual has to say:
Students, effortlessly, receive hundreds of repetitions reading the most common sight words while setting and breaking team records. The goal is not to break another team’s record, but to surpass your own team’s previous best mark. Even better than increasing reading speed, players of SuperSpeed 1000 are rewarded with one of the most deeply powerful lessons in education: I can set and break personal records. I can always do better than my own previous best.
SuperSpeed is like so many aspects of Whole Brain Teaching: it is free, easy, fun, and most of all effective. Check out SuperSpeed Numbers, SuperSpeed Math, SuperSpeed Letters & Phonics, SuperSpeed 100, and SuperSpeed 1000! Download all of the manuals here.
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