Ready to Learn Reading

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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Free, fun games and activities help develop reading skills.

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age 6+
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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

Reading is fun and leads to many adventures.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

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

What 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.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byJOHN D. September 17, 2016


Valuable material for your kids...
Parent of a 4, 4, 9, and 11-year-old Written bypnashspartan May 13, 2010

e.g. Perfect for the pre-schoolers


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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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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