How many times have you either read with your kids or had them do independent reading and realized that they didn’t really understand what they were reading. 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee Prep: Comprehension Practice helps your child to not only focus on reading, but reading for content. This universal app, created by Reinvent Recess Digital was created by a former teacher, Stacie Hutton who was looking for an alternative compared to traditional reading software. You can read our interview with her to understand more about why she developed the app. Within the app, there are titles that focus on fiction, non fiction for a total of 25 different chapters to be completed. As you open each story, children are prompted to see if they know the words to the story based on the title and photo – I liked this step to make sure kids could read the content and be able to actually understand what they were reading.
As you read each of the short stories, you are presented with a series of questions which requires you to “think” before answering – I liked this simply because it encourages kids to think about it rather than rushing to complete the task. There is no timing which means that kids can read the paragraph and think about the answers – after completing the questions you can see the correct answer for each question as well as any of the answers you may have missed. If you answer 7 out of the 10 questions correctly or more you are given a green check mark to show successful completion. One of the things that differentiates this app compared to others is the fact that it really makes your kids read and understand the text of what they are reading. I also liked that as a parent I could see what was answered incorrectly and see if I could identify a pattern. This was definitely an affordable alternative to a reading tutor as it helped focus in and provided concrete data one could share with a teacher. In the settings area you can either track or not track time – I chose not to track time so that children didn’t feel the pressure to perform. I liked the variety of stories contained within the app which covered a wide range of topics and engaged many kids – to help them enjoy reading. I actually tested it with a friends kids who picked and chose which stories they wanted to read based on the titles and it was interesting to see how they engaged with the iPad versus a traditional paper story with questions. I found overall that kids were more engaged and spent more time reading and understanding. I also liked how the questions were labeled so kids could think about them in advance and see the “cause and effect” as well as thinking about what they read in the text. Each of the stories is interesting and helps kids want to learn versus having to read something for the sake of reading it – Stacie has really hit the nail here finding topics that are engaging to the target audience! Each story has a plot, individual characters, and questions that help kids engage and learn.
Among the improvements, I’d like to see a simplified login process. Currently you have to agree to an end user agreement and then proceed to login with your ID. That feels a bit clunky to me – although I understand that the app is just trying to make sure that children’s privacy is protected. I’d also like the questions – which are on the left and you have to scroll for to pop up rather than having to scroll – a few times I worked on the questions only to not “pass” because I hadn’t scrolled down for the last few questions. Also, if the iPad goes to sleep and you “swipe” to wake it up – it was frustrating to have to login again. It would also be nice since the app is cross-platform if the login worked across devices – I completed some of the stories on my iPhone only to have to complete them again on my iPad. It would be nice in an updated version if all the parental controls area – “settings, contact us and other apps” were hidden in a parental area. One of the other requests of my testers was some sort of “reward” for successfully completing stories – I’m not sure if there could be stickers or something to show successful completion.
There are external links however, they are protected with a math problem and a pop up asking for parental confirmation.
Overall, this is a great app that engages kids to help them with reading. It is a bit different than traditional books or reading apps in that it engages them to make sure they really understand what they are reading much like reading with a teacher or a parent. That means that children get more out of the reading — and in my experience are more likely to retain the content.
3rd Grade Reading Guarantee Prep: Comprehension Practiceby Reinvent Recess Digital, LLC
Category: Education, Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 7.11 MB
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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.