My son is in Kindergarten and we are struggling with fun ways to teach him how to read. He’s not a fan of learning in the traditional ways of memorizing flash cards so I’m always on the lookout for new ways to grab his interest. If there’s any way to use technology to teach him, he’s in! That’s why I’m loving the iRead With, a groundbreaking shared-reading program on iPad designed to foster language development and help preschoolers get ready to learn how to read. Developed in conjunction with McGill University Child Phonology Lab, iRead With are animated stories that encourage a participative reading experience engaging both child and parent.
Released just last week is Caillou: Show and Tell, based on the hit television show. iRead With is geared toward children 2-5 but even though my son is 6 and in Kindergarten, the app has really helped Hayden and built his confidence in reading.
How iRead With Works:
Parents follow a prompting system that encourages them to start a conversation with the child, by asking questions about the story. Children become actively involved in the narrative and get stimulated in a multi-sensory level.
What We Loved
There are a ton of different features to the app. Hayden first liked to listen to the story and as you listen, you can also interact with it by tapping on words to animate the image. This helps children make the connection between text and image.
Hayden also loved the option to record his OWN voice for words and characters’ dialogue lines. The fact that he was able to record his own voice really helped him remember the words and read with confidence.
I loved the promoting system, where I was able to ask questions to Hayden about the story. You can even change the level of difficulty for the prompts as you read the story again and again! In Kindergarten, they are really working on reading comprehension and having the kids tell us about the story at the end, so I loved that the iRead With app includes that.
After the fun of reading through Caillou: Show and Tell, your child can also play in the Story Theater! Hayden had fun playing with the little story puppets and recreating the story we just read as well as making up NEW adventures for Caillou!
To learn more, visit www.ireadwith.com.
iRead With ebooks are available exclusively for iPad in English and French. Stay tuned as there will be six more iRead With eBooks released this year!