What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ready to Learn Reading is jam-packed with videos and games that can help kids on the verge of reading literacy develop core reading skills. Still, this site can be a bit overwhelming and may require parental involvement for kids to make game choices appropriate to their current ability. This site is part of the PBS Kids Raising Readers program and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. It also provides resources to parents and teachers. Ready to Learn Reading provides fun and engaging ways for kids to learn reading skills.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- problem solving
- academic development
Engagement, Approach, Support
Plenty of fun-filled games and opportunities to interact with well-loved PBS kids characters. With multiple ways to use the site, kids will have lots to do. Massive site can be overwhelming though.
Games, videos, contests, adventures, books, and more focus around the central theme of reading. Activities are tailored for beginning readers learning their ABC's through more advanced readers reading and interpreting stories.
There are links to sites for a writing contest, the SOAR with Reading program, the Scholastic summer reading program, and parent and teacher pages with extension activities and reading tips.
What's it about?
The research-based programs at READY TO LEARN READING guide kids through different literacy-building levels, including rhyming, letter identification, alliteration, phonics, letter sequencing, phonemic awareness, and vocabulary. Emerging readers can watch videos and engage in dozens of different games with familiar characters from Sesame Street, Word World, Electric Company, and Super Why! Kids can earn tickets as they navigate their way through the games and choose prizes as they go.
Is it any good?
It's hard to find an educational website for children that's safe, free, and entertaining, but Ready To Learn Reading is something both parents and kids will appreciate. With the help of familiar characters, kids can independently explore new adventures all while increasing literacy development. Your kids will have fun, and won't even realize it's good for them.
Read Common Sense Media's Pre-K Media Guidelines.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about whether the Internet is a good place to learn to read. When is it OK for young children to be on the Internet?
Should all ages have parental supervision, even on educational websites?
Should preschool-age children even have access to the Internet?