One of the first things I noticed when my six-year-old started his formal education was the amount of reading he needs to go through. Reading in kindergarten was nothing compared to the amount and complexity of reading required in the first grade. To make matter worse, I couldn’t come up with as many reading exercises as I would have liked for him to practice with.
Fortunately, the developers at aMASE AB contacted us about their I Read! app. Aiming to provide a quick and easy way for kids to practice their reading skills, I Read! has countless exercises divided into six categories. You can practice with any category that you like, and collect up to 100 rewards.
The Six Exercise Categories
The first category of exercises is the most straightforward one. You will see a picture and an accompanying sentence. Your task is to determine whether the sentence correctly describes the picture. If it does, simply tap the True button. Otherwise, tap the False button.
The second category requires you to understand the structure of a sentence. With the picture hint, find the one word among four options that would correctly complete the sentence.
In the next category, you will need to use logic and deduction to determine the only sentence that would best describe the scene. You are required to evaluate each sentence before making the choice. This increases the difficulty level as you are required to understand four sentences, instead of just one, to complete the challenge.
Then, you will be challenged to build a sentence from 3-6 words. Starting with the word that starts with an upper case, tap the words in the correct sequence to make a sentence.
The fifth category is a variant of memory matching game. Instead of matching two tiles with the same picture, you’re required to match a picture tile and a sentence tile based on their contents.
And finally, in the last category, you will be asked to read a paragraph and answer a question based on that story. The app will provide you three options for you to choose.
Parents Need to Know
Based on its contents, I Read! is suitable for kids ages 6+ who are either preparing for elementary school or who are already in the first grade. Reflecting on my personal experience, first graders require a lot of practices with their reading skills — from basic reading flow to deeper comprehension.
I Read! works great without an Internet connection. It doesn’t have any third-party ads, in-app purchases, or links to social networks. In addition to English, the app is available in Swedish, Danish, Finnish, and Norwegian.
Things I Like
I Read! has 3,000+ sentences and words with 100+ pictures to accompany them. When combined together, they form countless reading practices. The pictures are reused for different contexts and sentences, and may be used within the same game mechanic or in different ones. I believe it’s a clever way to generate the reading practices. At the same time, I admire how the developers managed to set up multiple options that require kids to practice their logic and deduction skills.
One game mechanic that I find the most intuitive is the sentence creation game. Tapping the words in the correct sequence is a lot easier that dragging them to a particular placeholder.
If you have first graders at home, you’d know how important it is for them to practice their reading skills as frequently as possible. As a parent, it’s very difficult to create countless stories, sentences, and pictures for kids to practice with. I Read! helps you solve this problem so effectively that I believe it’s a must-have for first graders.
App was provided for our honest review.