The Right Time Reader Method* is -
easy and natural,
better than waiting for school,
the next step in homeschooling.



Who Is Talking?


How does it work?

How can I use it?

To download

Before you start

Phonics vs Whole Language

Why a Patent?

Is RTR an invention?

Just an experiment?

Plans and Hopes

Shareware Agreement

Final Words


To download - recommended procedure:

First , Create a "Right Time Reader" folder in the "Program Files" directory, which will already be there on your C drive. Then Click Here: BasicPkg to download a zip file with the RTR reader program and one *.ubk book (approx 264k). Tell the download window to download into the Right Time Reader folder that you just made. Once you have unzipped the file (also into the RTR folder), run RightTimeReader.exe . The RTR window should open with the message "No Book Loaded". Go to the file menu, select and open "cat.ubk". This is enough for you to see how it works, unless it doesn't (work, that is), in which case you may have an older version of Windows 95 and you will also need MFC42.dll, which you can download in zipped form here , and place in the same folder.

THEN if everything works and you would like the rest of the first crop of books, Click Here: All Books (approx 2 Meg). This can be downloaded directly into the "Right Time Reader folder (directory) that you created in your Program Files directory (or wherever you like). When you unzip it, you will have several subdirectories, each with a different book. The reader program that you downloaded in the Basic Package will read any of them when you open the appropriate *.ubk file in that book's folder.

I've returned to the manual mode of installing the program because of reports of complications when the installer program interacted with Windows to trigger some security functions. Sometimes a box would pop up demanding a registration name and number, and sometimes the program would fold up when this was not provided. I dislike nag screens and I find it infuriating when Windows does things like this on its own. By installing the program manually, you avoid having any unnecessary or hidden part of the system (such as the registry) involved, and minimize the hidden "gotcha" problem. The price you pay is the effort to make your own RTR folder in your directory and decide for yourself whether you need MFC42.dll, instead of having the installer do these things for you.

I have seen the box requesting registration name and number appear on both XP and W2000 systems when no installer was used, and in both cases I left the spaces empty and pressed "enter" to make it go away, and everything worked fine.

To quote from a fine rant by Bruce Schneier and Adam Shostack on the problems with Microsoft software's security

Too much of the Microsoft operating system operates invisibly, without the user's knowledge. Too much of it functions without leaving audit records of what happened. With each successive version of the Microsoft operating system, it has become increasingly difficult for a user to control his own system or to examine what his system is doing. This has disastrous security ramifications, and should be reversed.

Click Here to download a zipfile with the new book from Sophie, who is four years old. [NOTE: this is now included in the AllBooks download] Sophie drew a picture of a spaceship about to crash into her house, and then worked out this story with some help from her Dad. [Just tell your software to make a new "SophiesAlien" folder in the RightTime Reader folder, same place as the other books you already have, and then download [approx 300k] into the folder and unzip the files]

Sophie's mom sent me some background that I think is fascinating:

I wanted to give you a little more info about the genesis of "Alien Party", use as much or as little as you want but it is kind of interesting.
We are pretty sure Sophie's original drawing was her way of expressing thoughts/feelings about the planes crashing into the WTC--she knows it happened but hasn't been exposed to multiple replays of it.
But of course she's aware and hears us discussing it.
In the first story she told Joe the ship did crash into our house--we all got out and managed to save the pets and some belongings (including her bunk bed!).
Joe redirected her by saying he didn't want the ship to crash, maybe she could think of a way to stop it.
She couldn't come up with an idea until he said something about putting a sign up--thus the sign.
Then she decided it could go over our house and into the neighbor's pool, the alien could get out, swim and have a party.

It never occurred to me that this program could be used therapeutically in this way. For a child with fears, or even one who just has a recurring bad dream, this could be useful. The images can be made visible and shared onscreen, then (with as much help as may be needed) they can be changed into something that is emotionally acceptable, or even fun!

That's really giving a child some power over his or her fears. And it shows them that literacy and computer skills are empowering, and can conquer fears. What a winner of an idea, and what a great demonstration of what happens as more people get involved in something like this! Many thanks to Sophie and her savvy parents.

Who will have the next great idea?


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