SOURCE: Educational Options, Inc.

Educational Options, Inc.

April 21, 2011 12:14 ET

Orchard Now™ Releases Language Concepts for Grades 1-2 Instruction

New Activities Offer Multimedia, Web-Delivered Content Aligned to NCTE Standards

FALLS CHURCH, VA--(Marketwire - Apr 21, 2011) - EdOptionselementary division product, Orchard Now, released today new Language Concepts instructional activities for grades 1-2. The new Language Concepts activities provide practice with the alphabet, basic keyboarding skills, exposure to forming new words using consonant and vowel sounds, and an introduction to using rhyming to complete couplets. This is the second product release from Orchard Now since the beginning of the year.

"Orchard Now's Language Concepts activities cater to all students, from nonreaders to fluent readers, by progressing through incremental stages and using multiple instructional methods," said Janice Wilder, vice president of academics and curriculum for EdOptions.

Orchard Now combines the power of the Web with critical tools that schools need for student achievement. Developed by the publisher of award-winning Orchard Software®, PracticePlanet, and Stars Suite®, Orchard Now offers a customized learning environment with activities, practice, and assessment for schools to address the needs of all students. Students are placed into individualized, state standards-aligned, learning paths based on assessment results. Orchard Now automates data collection, analysis, and reporting for easy progress monitoring.

The first release of Language Concepts instructional activities includes more than 20 lessons. An additional 56 lessons will be released later this year. Also included in this product release is a password reset option allowing customers to request a new password and an upgrade for Internet Explorer 9 users. Educators may view a sample Data Management and Probability activity or try a Math practice question at www.orchardnow.com under Demo Orchard Now.

Language Concepts instructional activities build upon the key components of early literacy as identified by the National Reading Panel and parallel standards supported by the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The lessons are set in a colorful, interactive environment with sound and animation that engage the learner. Orchard Now is also an excellent tool for whole class instruction using whiteboard technology.

Educator implementation and student use of Orchard Now is simple. Teachers begin by assigning students a pretest correlated to state standards. Upon completion of the pretest, students receive their scores and are immediately placed on a custom learning path, which is aligned to skill areas in need of reinforcement. A posttest shows specific progress on all skills assessed on state tests.

About Educational Options, Inc.
EdOptions is an award-winning education technology firm located in Falls Church, Virginia. Its premier product, Stars Suite®, has served more than one million students nationwide and features 49 middle school and high school courses as well as Web-based solutions for state test preparation, high school preparation, and GED® study. EdOptions Online Academy, the virtual school division of EdOptions, is a fully accredited online high school designed to support both public and non-traditional educational institutions with rigorous curriculum, powerful Web-based technology, and certified-teacher support. Orchard Software™, the elementary division of EdOptions, provides targeted state standards-based instruction, assessment and data management for grades pre-K-9 in Reading, Language Arts, Math, and Science. For more information, visit www.edoptions.com or email info@edoptions.com.

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