Happy Homemaker: Red Apple Reading Program

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Red Apple Reading Program

I have thoroughly enjoyed using Red Apple Reading as a supplement to my kids' home school curriculum. Teaching my daughter to read has actually been one of the more difficult things I have done. Not that she isn't able or I'm not able, but sometimes we are not on the same page, so to speak. This program makes learning to read fun with games, activities, and fun apps just for kids. It is specially designed for children ages 3-9 which is perfect, because not only can my 5.5 year old daughter use it, but my four year old son has also started using it and later when Iman gets older, he can use it as well since it allows up to three child accounts under one parent account. (can we say Perfect?! by the time Bean is old enough to stop using the program, perhaps baby #4 (not yet thought of lol) will be around and ready to take that third account spot! ;) )

 When Bean signs in it opens up and lets her choose her level. We are using level B right now, but soon she will start level C. It goes to a map and starts with letter sounds and simple words and expands to harder words and letter sounds etc. to build upon the reading skills of the child. If something was "too easy" for Bean, she could simply skip that particular lesson and move to the next. It has helped her leaps and bounds! She is now trying to read things while we are out running errands or when she sees a billboard she will sound things out and is really blooming as an early reader. It is so exciting to see! I really don't know if she would be doing so well if not for the help of Red Apple Reading.

As I touched on briefly, my four year old son has started using this program as well. His teacher mentioned he really liked the online program she uses there and I was already using this with Bean, so I thought I would give it a go with him. He has speech delays and doesn't really talk a lot to other people, but since starting to work with Red Apple Reading program, not only is getting his letter sounds and learning, he is starting to talk more and interact in school in ways he wasn't before. This program is a great, well rounded one as far as learning goes.

The best part is my kids are having a great time while they use it! Red Apple offers 5 FREE apps to those who use the program that can be found on i-tunes or Google Play and the kids just love them too. Each lesson starts with a video then is followed by three "games" that reiterate the concept being taught and they look and feel just like games making it great for kids of any age. (especially those who love to play online!) The program is good for reading levels from beginner to third grade, so it's not a program that is only good for one specific age or level, but one that builds on itself and can be used from grade pre-k to 3rd. (perfect for home schooling families!) I absolutely love this program and plan to use it for all of my kids and for years to come. I can not wait for the pre-school level to be released in January!


 Product Description: 
  Red Apple Reading makes learning to read fun for children ages 4 to 9, teaching fundamental reading skills online with animated videos and games! The HD graphics and lovable characters captivate young school-aged children, turning them into active, confident readers. -Over 700 fun activities and videos -Phonics, sight words, vocabulary, and reading comprehension -Great for struggling readers, English learners, and early readers -Children play games and learn at their own pace -Developed by educational experts and aligned to Common Core -Members-only apps included with online purchase -Free Trial lets you try before you buy The entire program is designed for children ages 3-9 who are reading below a 3rd grade reading level, the essential years for learning how to read. Park Planet focuses primarily on Kindergarten and 1st grade reading skills, ages 5-7. Island Adventures has 1st thru 3rd grade foundational reading skills and is recommended for ages 6-9. They are both based on Common Core State Standards and can be accessed from any computer with Internet access, and are also available as apps. Carnival Fun will complete the program and is designed for preschoolers ages 3-5. It teaches critical pre-reading skills and is expected to release January 2015.

 Where to Purchase: 
  Free trial: http://www.redapplereading.com/freetrial
Purchase: http://www.redapplereading.com/pricing  

*Note: While I am not an advocate for Common Core, in fact, I do not advocate it at all-this program is Common Core aligned. Otherwise, it is a great program. I am not a teacher or education professional, just a home school mom who loves trying new learning products and sharing them! :)

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.