All of the following modules are included in the standard licensing package.

The Library

This the original core product around which the Literacy Toolbox has been built. Each exercise consists of a short chapter from a book - 50 to 200 words depending on reading level. The Student progresses through the text tapping one key to advance to the next word in focus or another key to vocalize the text (‘Tap to Hear’).

The library contains 300 ‘books’ each with an average of 5 ‘chapters’ of between 50 and 200 words depending on reading level. Most of the books are non fiction dealing with topics designed to be actually interesting to students in the relevant age range. (sports, make-up, pop culture, pop science, philosophy etc.)

Reading starter

Most of the modules in the Literacy Toolbox are aimed at children who failed to make sufficient progress using just phonics. The reading starter module is for the youngest reading students for whom phonics is in the process of failing or for whom there is a danger of phonics failing.

It is easier to deal with a reading deficit whilst it is forming rather than wait till it has established itself with negative associations and unhelpful expectations.

A short burst of perceptual learning will give the child confidence in their own abilities and give them a direct interest by exposing them to material which is interesting in its own right.


This is a smaller library of reading exercises for students aged 7-9


The spelling module is focused on the most commonly misspelled words and is based on the look, cover, write, check strategy (LCWC) The teaching format does not allow children to fail. If the student wants to they can look at the word before they type each letter although the word is never there whilst they type and they must always make an attempt at the next letter before they get to see the word. For the student it is not a question of succeeding or failing it is a question of how little ‘help’ they can get away with: they always end up getting the word ‘right’; they always get a tick.


Combines the core ‘tap for help’ reading support system with comprehension questions that target both literal and inferential comprehension skills.

Dictation (x4)

We initially developed dictation exercises as a favour for one of our customers but we were shocked at how much other customers responded to it. Dictation develops writing stamina, spelling and punctuation skills. Dictation is tainted by historical association with an overly strict and traditional teaching regime where dictation was given at a uniform pace.  Past misuse is no reason, however, to ignore dictation as a teaching tool. In our modern re-incarnation of this ancient teaching exercise students control the rate of dictation and can repeat any phrase as often as they wish.  They can also get automated help spelling any words they are not sure of.

Grammar Punctuation.

In the curricula of some educational localities a requirement for grammar is making a comeback (in some it never left) This set of exercises deals with identifying sentence components such as verb, noun adjective etc…

Sentence Builder

This exercise works works on comprehension from a slightly different angle. Instead of answering questions about a passage, students choose the word which most aptly completes a sentence. In doing so they must comprehend not only the meaning of the sentence but also how well each suggested word option ‘fits’ that meaning. This exercise also has a spelling component to reinforce the word choice.