Reading Headaches? Here’s an Affordable Way to Support Your Child’s Reading Journey
Our blog post today about reading headaches and an affordable way
to support your child‘s reading journey is brought to you in partnership with Bookbot.
Reading can come easily for many children. But for many others, reading can be something that becomes a real challenge. In fact, 1 in 4 children in America grow up not knowing how to read,which can cause a number of reading headaches for some.
That’s a shocking number, and it’s one that Bookbot founder Debs Moir wants to do something about. “My son, Archie, was struggling at school. He was falling further and further behind in the classroom and he was beginning to hate being asked to read.”
Debs wanted to help Archie, so she began to research what really works when teaching children to read. “What I found was that, if a child is taught in a systematic way, where the reading ‘code’ is taught to them in a structured sequence, a child has a far better chance of success.”
Armed with this information, Debs went on a mission to develop an affordable resource that would teach children how to read, but with a difference. Bookbot was created.
What’s different about Bookbot? It actually listens to your child as they read, following them as they progress. If your child struggles with a word, Bookbot highlights the word and helps them read it correctly.
“We know that practice is really important when a child is learning to read,” explains Debs, “but children who are struggling don’t like to practice. Bookbot makes it easier for those kids. They can read in their own space, at their own pace and don’t fear being judged.”
Bookbot uses leveled books that have been specially written to follow a structured sequence of learning. Put simply, children are introduced to letter patterns – or a ‘code’ – one by one, and are then able to practice reading – or ‘decoding’ – the patterns they have learned. This approach allows them to experience success as they go.
When reading doesn’t come easily, it’s hard for children to stick at it. But when the keys to reading are broken down into a manageable, sequential code the task becomes way more achievable.