Fast ForWord Series Overview

Fast ForWord programs are worked on in sequence with two phases:

  1. Cognitive — works on skill gaps & building fundamentals
  2. Reading — fluency &  comprehension

Gemm Learning develops individualized protocols for elementary age, teenagers and adults – typically taking 4-7 months.

fast forword games program progression

Cognitive Programs

The Fast ForWord exercises in Foundations I are designed for K-6, ages 5-11.  They train language and cognitive skills — processing, working memory, attention, sequencing — building a foundation for the reading programs that follow.

Foundations II comes next with games that add text to the mix, continuing the cognitive skill development.

Fast ForWord Elements 1 is the adolescent/adult version of Fast ForWord Foundations for learners in 7th grade and later, and for adults. It uses the same cognitive training exercises with different graphics. The games have a space age feel to keep teenagers engaged.

The Reading Series

The Fast ForWord Reading series exercises different reading skills in isolation and in combination.  The levels are not correlated with grades, Reading Level 3 and Reading Comprehension will challenge many middle and high school students.  In some cases, Gemm Learning may also recommend Reading Plus.

Reading Level 1
Reading Level 1 — for K to 2nd graders — works on early foundational skills such as vocabulary, phonemic awareness, spelling and reading accuracy in sentence comprehension as well as eye tracking exercises. The primary goal is reading fluency.
Fast ForWord Reading Level 1

Reading Level 2
Reading Level 2 — for 2nd to 4th graders — continues the same mix of exercises as seen in Reading Level 1, with more focus on reading comprehension.
Fast ForWord Reading Level 2

Reading Level 3
Designed for 3rd to 5th graders, Reading Level 3 raises the bar in reading with analytical exercises that challenge participants to think while reading, a Common Core State Standard. It also has reading, grammar and vocabulary games that continue to develop fundamental building blocks.
Fast ForWord Reading Level 3

Reading Comprehension
This is a challenging reading program that works on critical thinking and reading comprehension with metacognition.  It expands reading comprehension skills through expansion of vocabulary and language structure knowledge and through exercises that develop higher level thinking while reading.
Fast ForWord Reading Comprehension