(Romper) If you’re a book lover, then you know there are few pleasures unique to holding a tangible book in your hands. The sound of a book spine cracking as you open it for the first time, the feeling of pages between your fingers — OK, please let me know I’m not alone on this. But these days everyone has new ways to read books, including e-readers and audio versions of your favorites. But what about electronic games and apps designed to help kids decipher the words on a page? Do apps help kids learn to read?
“Yes, there are many applications that have been designed to help engage children at a young age and foster early literacy skills that promote the reading process,” says Tony Skauge, a former elementary school teacher who now works with school districts nationwide to implement online educational programs for Edmentum, Inc. “The best applications on the market do a great job of combining both an engaging and interactive interface alongside research-based, skill-building activities that focus on the five essential keys to reading success — phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency — to build strong readers.”
According to Scholastic, solid apps for teaching kids to read include Bookster, Tales2Go, and MeeGenius, which all include an interactive element, like the ability for a child to record himself while reading or upload drawings to correspond with stories.
Author: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
Publish Date: 6.28.2017