Abound Parenting

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Discussion starters for parents to cultivate kids' literacy.

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Educational Value

Encourage kids' budding literacy with book suggestions, discussion starters, new vocabulary words. By asking open-ended questions that get kids thinking in new ways, parents help kids build awareness and new ways of expressing themselves. Book lists help kids discover literature, with both classics and contemporary additions.

Ease of Play

There's a bit of a learning curve to figure out how the app works. Lots of information, and organization isn't always intuitive.

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The app is subscription-based and has a share option to invite friends to join. Books in the library include direct links to Amazon, where users can purchase the titles.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Abound Parenting is a subscription-based app that gives parents guidance and advice for helping their children develop reading literacy. Parents read tips, suggested books, and ideas for interacting and talking with their kids, based on age. Abound Parenting is not for kids to use on their own. Also, the developmental milestones within the app aren't a diagnostic tool or an accurate measure for all kids. It's important that parents use the app for quick guidance and avoid engaging with the app instead of with their kid. Advice and suggestions are based on research on how kids learn language and develop reading skills. Parents can keep an in-app journal to document their kid's progress. To start, you need to provide an email address to create an account. After a seven-day free trial, subscribe for $3.99/month or $24.99/year. A recommended books list includes direct links to Amazon for purchase. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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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!

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