Red Apple Reading

Parents often tell me they could never homeschool because of what is involved as kids get older. Well, the older they get, the easier it gets. At least in this house. Reading has my biggest challenge when it comes to teaching the kids. Every one of my kids has taken to reading in a different way and different age. What worked for one did not work for the next…and on down the line. Part of the challenge of teaching reading, for me, is it requires so much time and focused attention from me. That is a little difficult with 5 kids.

I am a huge advocate for sitting next to a child that is learning to read…letting them read to me and me read to them. Older siblings read to the younger ones too. This spring I noticed my girls needed a bit more help and it needed to be fun. I’m not always the most fun teacher. While I was looking for options to give my girls extra practice, I was contacted by Red Apple Reading to see if I would be interested in writing a review. You bet.

RedAppleReading-01Red Apple Reading is an app and online reading program for children ages 4 to 8. The girls do not do any schoolwork on the computer, so I also like that they are learning basic computer skills. They each have their own login and I can watch their progress.RedAppleReading-02If you are looking for extra ideas, tips and helps regarding reading (or school in general for young kids), I would recommend checking out the Red Apple Reading pinterest page too. So many resources!RedAppleReading-03RedAppleReading-04RedAppleReading-05RedAppleReading-06RedAppleReading-07The first thing they ask to do in the morning is, “Can I do my reading program?” That pretty much sums up my review!

I never commit to positive reviews for companies. I was told that if I wasn’t pleased with the product, my insight would still be valued as a way to improve the product. I truly appreciated and respected that approach. Turns out a positive review couldn’t be easier.

I have to limit how long the girls spend and how many lessons they can do at once. I have seen tremendous strides forward in both girls. I find them reading books, signs, flyers that I had no idea they were ready to read. Their progress and confidence surprises me daily. If you are looking for extra help when it comes to getting young kids reading, I very much recommend giving Red Apple Reading a try.

Now, I just have to figure out how to juggle one computer with 5 kids (and me!) all needing to use it once school starts back up!

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Until July 15th you can use the code FREEDOM50 for 50% off all memberships. There is also a free 7 day trial.

(edited to add: if you read this after July 15th, be sure to look at the comments below regarding how to find out current specials)

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  • Lauren - Thank you for sharing Ashley. This looks like a wonderful resource. I teach Kindergarten in Canada and look forward to sharing this with parents in the community. The children in my class also enjoy the site http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com. Just in case you and the girls want to check it out. πŸ™‚

  • Seamingly Sarah - I don’t homeschool, but I read once that every parent part time homeschools whether they realize it or not. So during non school hours my kids are big into the Reading Rainbow (also called Skybrary) app on our iPad. Stories they select are read to them or they can read them by themselves. I see it as a boost for all of us as I cannot fill their hungry need for being read to.

  • Laura - Thx for this great resource! I’m currently teaching my 4th child to read and it’s a bit more challenging for me this time. Has anyone heard of or used starfall.com? I’m curious how Red Apple Reading would compare. We used Starfall with my first 3 w great success but my 5yo hasn’t taken to Starfall as much.

  • Brittany Sanchez - Thank you for the resource! We are starting our first year of homeschooling soon and I’m a bit nervous about being the one responsible for teaching my son to read! Do you happen to know how long the discount code is valid?

  • Tammy with RAR - I saw the comments and wanted to add that the FREEDOM50 promo code is good until July 15th. And interested readers can always email us at support@redapplereading.com and ask for current specials to get a discount code. πŸ™‚

  • Momofthree - Thanks for the recommendation! My oldest pretty much taught herself to read and now is often found in some comfy corner with her nose in a book but my two boys have very different learning styles. They go to public school but I felt that over the summer we needed to do something extra that would help them improve their reading while keeping it fun. After reading your post I poked around looking for more reviews and found a groupon that got me both boys signed up for a year for $32:) They are super excited to get started!