Apps and tips that help kids learn to read
by Melissa Brodsky
Most kids aren’t born with a natural love for books and reading. It’s something that parents have to instill and nurture. It’s not always a simple task, getting your child to enjoy reading. We have some tips that might help the process go smoother:
- Choose age appropriate books about things your kids show an interest in like dance or fishing.
- Leave reading materials scattered (neatly) around the house. A stack of books on the living room table, a magazine basket in the bathroom.
- If your kids see you reading during your free time, they’ll likely pick up that habit too.
- There is nothing wrong with rewards/bribery for every book your child completes! It gives them incentive to complete a book and it forms a reading habit.
- Set aside time during the day or evening for reading. Many schools encourage 20 minutes of reading nightly.
- Let your child choose what book they want to read (or be read), otherwise reading becomes a chore.
Games that encourage reading
- Speedeebee by Blue Orange is a Parents Choice recommended family game for ages 8+.
- Hasbros Trivial Pursuit
- Hasbros Scrabble
Apps that aid in reading
Bob Books for iPhone and iPad is $1.99. Bob Books has helps millions of kids learn to read and is now an interactive app.
Storypatch encourages storytelling by allowing children to create their own picture books. Available on iTunes for $2.99.
Phonics Easy Reader 2 HD is $1.99 on iTunes. There are two different options, Read to Me or Read Out Loud.
ABC Pocket Phonics is $2.99 on iTunes teaches the basics of BOTH reading and writing. This app is a Parents Choice award winning app.
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