Parents' Guide to

Reading Friends

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Gradually leveled letter journey is repetitive but thorough.

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With lots of repetition, kids gradually build on their reading know-how on this kid-friendly site. The Reading Friends approach is slow and thorough as it introduces each letter of the alphabet, one by one. Activities move from recognizing and picking out the target letter by name and sound, to working with words that begin with that letter to watching how the letter is written. The repetition can be good for learning, but it may also start to feel boring as kids find the lowercase letter f for the 10th time and then do it all over again 10 times with an uppercase F.

More variety in activity type would make the user experience much better. Similarly, slow loading times and other technical problems sometimes interfere with smooth play. The rest of the learning content -- word families and sight words -- is somewhat secondary to the primary focus of letter learning but adds a nice peek at other aspects of learning to read. Though some material is not of the highest quality (such as the "books" that kids read at the end of each level), Reading Friends does a nice job of guiding kids through the alphabet and toward the world of reading.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading : letter or word recognition, reading
  • Skills: Self-Direction : academic development
  • Genre: Educational
  • Topics: Numbers and Letters
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid (Free to try, with a limited time offer of $2.99 for one month. Otherwise, subscription costs $7.99/three months or $34.99/12 months.)
  • Last updated: May 27, 2021

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