Ready to Learn Reading

Common Sense Media says

Free, fun games and activities help develop reading skills.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Reading is fun and leads to many adventures.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The site is linked to Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge and the SOAR with Reading program that has corporate sponsorship. Also, PBS Kids television characters are featured on the site, so there is some branding geared toward young children.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • spelling
  • storytelling
  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • spelling
  • storytelling
  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Kids can build upon their current pre-reading or early reading skills by playing on Ready to Learn Reading. Through brief video clips, this PBS Kids' website shows kids how their favorite PBS Kids television show characters use reading strategies such as sounding out words or identifying a word by its first letter. Via the site's games, kids can also gain direct practice on skills including spelling, vocabulary, storytelling, comprehension, and more. For kids who can already read a little, Ready to Learn Reading offers practical, fun ways to develop literacy skills.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

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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?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 2, 3, and 8 year old Written by3kidsandcounting September 26, 2009
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4
QUALITY
 

As soon as i turned it on my girls were mesmerized. an yd love every bit even my 8yr old even wanted to play

Parent of a 3 year old Written byWhipItMan August 18, 2010
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

Save yourselves

There is some seriously messed up stuff on that site

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 2, 4, and 6 year old Written byprettyrose October 17, 2009
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

love it it is great

What other families should know
Great messages
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