BURTON, Mich., March
March is Reading month schools across the country are incorporating fun ways to
promote literacy in the classroom, but the fun doesn’t have to stop there.
Burton Glen Charter Academy Principal DeNesha Rawls-Smith shares five fun
reading apps students can enjoy at home.
every student learns differently, reading apps provide an online option to
encourage reading. The apps can engage students with interactive games and
skills test that make learning fun.
nice benefit of using an app is that students can focus on an area where they
are trying to grow whether it is spelling, grammar, or comprehension,” said
Rawls-Smith. “There is also a convenience factor in that you have a library of
book options at your fingertips.”
is a list of popular reading apps that can be downloaded on a mobile device.
1. Reading Eggs – This app focuses on
sight words and phonics, and can be customized for each child’s individual
pace. Readers are offered rewarded along the way which makes them want to come
back again and again. (K-2)
2. Read Me Stories – An app that allows
you to create a virtual library on your mobile device. You can establish your
child’s reading level and then each day four new books are added for children
to read on their own. (K-2)
3. Question Builder – This app is designed
to develop critical thinking skills and comprehension by helping children learn
to answer abstract questions and create responses based on inference. (K-5)
4. iTooch – This app helps children develop
their reading comprehension with quizzes, speed tests, and a reward system to
keep them motivated. (K-8)
5. Reading Trainer – An app designed for
middle school students to help them increase their reading speed and retention
rate at the same time. (6-8)
though the apps are used on a mobile device, parents can still be actively
involved by watching their child play the games or take the quizzes so they can
support the additional practice at home,” said Rawls-Smith.
Glen Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten
through eighth grade.