Reading to your kids is a great way to help them get ready for school while also connecting with them. ReadAskChat is an app that can support you at that. It's a digital library that provides stories with on-demand guidance for parents to make story time more engaging and educational.
Read, Ask, Chat
ReadAskChat contains picture books organized by themes, such as Big Ideas, Special Friends, Indoor Mischief, Math Stories, and Science Stories. While reading, parents can pull up "conversation starters" that encourage the child to talk, think, and imagine as they read together. For example, parents may be tipped to point to an object on the page as they read or have their child make noises to accompany a picture. Parents can choose starters that best fit the child's developmental level: baby (6-18 months), toddler (12-24 months), or preschooler (2-4 years).
The stories included in the app are a mix of originals and popular songs or nursery rhymes. Because they are geared towards pre-readers, the stories are short (only several pages long) and simple. Some stories include special features, such as audio samples for songs, video demonstrating "action rhyme" movements, and sound clips for science stories. At the time of review, there are already 24 stories available with three new stories to be added bimonthly.
Parents Need to Know
To use ReadAskChat, you must first create an account with an email address and password. After registering, you can download one story pack, which includes three stories, for free but must purchase a subscription to get full access to the library. The app itself is free to download with no third-party ads.
ReadAskChat was developed based on research showing that reading and talking about books is the best way parents can foster school readiness in their kids. If you are interested in learning more about the brain and social-science research underlying the ReadAskChat method, you can read the white paper on their website. The website also contains excellent tips and other resources to help parents get the most out of the app.
Things I Like
ReadAskChat is a fantastic addition to your digital shelf. Its method is really simple to follow and effective in helping parents create a more meaningful learning experience. It has a great selection of books covering a wide range of age, which means the app will continue to be of use even as your child grows older. In terms of quality, the books have beautiful illustrations that inspire curiosity and imagination.
As well as great content, the app also has some handy features. Parents, for example, can toggle the page-swipe lock option to prevent kids from turning the page too fast. Spanish-speaking families may also choose to have conversation starters in Spanish while the story text remains in English. It would be nice to see more language options in the future, but as it stands the app is a solid pickup.
I highly recommend ReadAskChat for parents who are looking to help their kids prepare for school. With a tried-and-true method, great selection of books, and handy features, this digital library proves to be valuable in helping parents promote reading skills and instill a love for learning in their kids. Great for ages 0-4.
App was provided for our honest review.