Discussion starters for parents to cultivate kids' literacy.
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What’s It About?
Create an account in ABOUND PARENTING and choose the age of your kid -- 3 years to third grade. Content is divided into three categories: daily conversation starters, a new vocabulary word for the week, and a weekly rotation of book suggestions. Swipe up to mark an activity as complete and add a personal note. At any time, access the main menu for a bigger resource library. Browse suggested book titles and mark favorites, scroll through conversation starters organized by where you might use them, or open the memory box to review your journal. Throughout the app, parents can access short descriptions that explain the research behind the suggestions. Create a separate profile for each kid.
Is It Any Good?
These research-based suggestions can guide busy parents with bite-size ideas for engaging with their kids. And the unique focus on reading and literacy makes Abound Parenting's goal crystal clear. The book list can be a fun guide for parents looking for help choosing their kid's next book. And discussion question suggestions help enrich the experience.
Abound Parenting is meant to foster off-screen interactions. But, especially because organization within the app can be confusing, it risks being yet another temptation for parents to engage with their phone rather than their kids. Parents may want to consider checking in with the app quickly, or browsing its suggestions without their kids around. A benchmark section that allows parents to check their kid's developmental progress hits some important areas, but parents should be aware that it's not a diagnostic tool. With Abound Parenting, parents can browse great ways to encourage reading and conversation -- if they can figure out the app's organization without getting lost staring at their screen.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the discussion starters in Abound Parenting. Ask the suggested questions and then actively listen to what your kids say. Ask them follow-up questions to learn more.
Talk about reading. What books do your kids like best and why? What characters do they relate to?
Let the discussion starters help you come up with your own ideas for engaging your kids in conversations about lots of things throughout the day. The more you talk with your kids, the better!
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, reading, vocabulary
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: asking questions, Creativity: imagination, Self-Direction: personal growth, self-reflection, Communication: asking questions
- Pricing structure: Free to try (After seven-day free trial, subscription costs $3.99/month or $24.99/year)
- Release date: June 29, 2020
- Category: Education
- Publisher: The Parent Uptake Project, Inc.
- Version: 1.2.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 6.0 and up
- Last updated: July 13, 2020
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