Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Rosetta Stone Kids Reading

Disclosure: I received a year subscription to Rosetta Stone Kids Reading to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are 100% my own and honest. 

Grace is loving preschool and I've excited by how much she's learning every day. Lately, she's been fascinated by letters and how they go together. I know it won't be long before she's reading and I can't wait to hear her read me a book. Right now, we're working on the basics and I was intrigued when I first received an email from Rosetta Stone telling me about their new Kids Reading program. I have used Rosetta Stone's language program in the past to work on my french and I've had great success with it. I know of their excellent reputation in the technology based learning world and I was thrilled to get the chance to try the new reading program with Grace.

Developed with education experts, Rosetta Stone® Kids Reading introduces and reinforces core reading skills in engaging, self-paced interactive learning experiences personalized for each child. Our products are designed to help kids become confident, successful readers—and develop a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

Check out this video from Rosetta Stone about the new program:

Rosetta Stone Kids Reading can be used on a computer or on a tablet. I downloaded the app on our iPad and set up her profile in the Parent Corner. It gives you the option of manually setting your child's level or basing it on their age. I set it manually for level 1 since she is still in the beginning stages of recognizing letters. Here are the key skills that kids can work on in the program:

  • Print Awareness
  • Shape Recognition 
  • Early Vocabulary Development 
  • Listening Skills 
  • Letter Names 
  • Rhyming and Sound Awareness 
  • Letter Sounds and Beginning Phonics 
  • Sight Words 
  • Early Comprehension Skills 
1st Grade
  • Advanced Phonics 
  • Spelling Word Meanings 
  • Reading Comprehension
This program offers tons of games and activities. The "Lingos" are super cute characters that guide kids through the program and Grace loves her pink Lingo icon. She started with level 1 of each activity and quickly discovered that she enjoys the sorting game the most. The games adapted to her developmental stages by working on shapes, colors, and letters. Each activity goes through several questions to finish the level. If they get the question right, the child is immediately rewarded with a positive affirmation. If they miss it, they get another chance. If they miss twice, several of the Lingos come out with a chalkboard to help explain the concept of the question. Then the child is given another chance to answer the question. Grace responded really well to the Lingos and when she finished each level, she would cheer "I did it!" and dance along as Skippy, the blue Lingo does his happy dance. Seriously it's impossible not to smile at this cute little guy!
She was easily able to figure out how to switch between activities and happily played games through Connor's entire nap. This program really focuses on getting kids to listen to the instructions which is great for Grace's age. At the beginning, she would hit random buttons and get frustrated when she got the answer wrong. After several reminders to listen to the instructions, she waited and started getting the correct answers. For a busy three year old, this is great for helping her with her listening skills!

My favorite activity was the story section which asked extremely basic reading comprehension questions. The app read her a 2 page version of "The Three Little Kittens" and asked her to identify where the title was, where the mom cat was, where the words on the page were, etc. This is such a great way to introduce reading comprehension at such a young age.

After she was done for the day, I was able to sign into Parent's Corner and view her progress:

I'm looking forward to seeing her progress through the program and I know it would be a great supplement for any child that is learning to read. It is made for kids ages 3-7 and offers 10 levels for kids to work through. You can purchase a one month subscription for $19.99 or a 12 month subscription for $99.00. For $119.00, you receive a 12 month subscription plus a special edition Rosetta Stone Kids Storybook and gift box carrying case.

Give the gift of learning to read this holiday season with Rosetta Stone Kids Reading! Learn more and purchase the program now and follow Rosetta Stone on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you Rosetta Stone for letting Grace try this fun program. 

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