Anyone who’s been a regular reader for a few years will probably remember me mentioning at some point or other how much Master Frugal struggled with reading when he was younger.
I won’t go into much detail today but basically he was so far behind his classmates that it was starting to affect his confidence as not being able to read was affecting his performance in all areas at school which obviously wasn’t good. I always knew the reading would click at some point but when it started to upset him that he couldn’t read when his classmates could then I put a lot of pressure on myself to make it right which, in hindsight, probably didn’t help at all.
Then the school offered him a place on a Reading Recovery program which is a very expensive (to the school) program which involved him being taken out of class for a couple of hours every single day for a full term. He worked with the same teacher every day on a one to one basis and it finally clicked in his brain. The lovely teacher who changed everything for him said to me everytime we spoke that the best thing I could do was not focus on the learning but to try and make reading practice at home as fun as possible.
Fast forward to now and he’s not only caught up but he’s exceeded a lot of his schoolmates in terms of reading ability which is amazing but I’ll never forget the feeling when he asked me why he was stupid. It broke my heart and I would have done anything to be able to stop him from feeling that way.
That’s why, whenever I hear about something that can help children to learn to read, I always try and share it with you. I want to tell you about Booklee today which is a book that has an accompanying app with the aim of making reading fun.
I tried out the Goldilocks and the three bears book which was always one of my children’s favourite stories to read together when they were younger.
The book is beautifully illustrated and the story is pretty much the exact same version that my children used to love listening to me read to them on a night. I love that it’s small enough to pop in your handbag and with it being paperback, you’ll barely notice it’s there.
The app is super simple to use and took me about five seconds to figure out what I needed to do – it’s just right for youngsters who will no doubt figure it out in even less time! 😉
You can read the book without the app if you want to but the app brings the lovely illustrations to life when you place your phone on top of each page and select the page number on your phone. When you do this, the words on that particular page are read aloud and the image comes to life – not in a distracting way with lots going on but enough that children will find it interesting while still listening to the story and hopefully, reading along with it.
I do believe that there’s no substitute for spending the time reading along with your child and this isn’t meant to replace that but it does mean that your child can read along on their own and with the combination of the book and the app, it’s satisfying their love of technology and a parents love for books.
I like to think that if this had been around a few years ago that I would have spent time reading the book with Master Frugal and then left him to read a little himself while I did something like cook the tea or tidy up.
Booklee combine this lovely book and simple to use app to give you the best of both worlds to help your child not only learn to read but to enjoy learning to read and just a quick read of the reviews on Amazon shows that it’s been popular with those who have purchased the book.
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