Reading Headaches? Here’s an Affordable Way to Support Your Child’s Reading Journey

By Shannon Gurnee
In Book Review
April 3, 2019

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.

Boys reading a book in the grass

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.

You can access the Bookbot app for just over $8 a month. Bookbot also offers their books to download free of charge.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

25 Responses to “Reading Headaches? Here’s an Affordable Way to Support Your Child’s Reading Journey”

  1. Audrey says:

    What an awesome resource for parents to help their kids who are struggling with reading. I imagine it can be frustrating for both parents and kids, and, thankfully, this will help them a lot.

  2. Chavonne H says:

    This is fantastic for kids who need help with reading. As a kid I would read short kids books that were mainly full of photos but at some point my attention span wouldn’t allow me to read a regular book past a few pages. I’d always wind up looking at the end after a few minutes. This is great and I’m sure so helpful to so many kids and their parents. I like that the price is very affordable too!

  3. Kristi says:

    We had a daughter that used to struggle with reading, this would have been a great tool for her. I’m going to tell my sister about it as she has younger kids.

  4. artchee says:

    This looks like a great tool to help kids to read.

  5. kumamonjeng says:

    I was quite shocked at the figure showing 1 in 4 children in America grow up not knowing how to read. Reading is so important and needed to instill as young as a baby or toddler. Glad that there is bookbot app and it is quite affordable. I like how we don’t have to go to the library and pick up books or go to bookstores to buy. Furthermore, it helps to save space for our home.

  6. Snehal says:

    I remember getting reading headaches as a child. Well now bookbot app will be helpful to many kids. 🙂

  7. Great post with great tips. Another one: we carved out a special place for our daughter to do reading. We bought a little teepee and set it up in a corner of her room, with a reading light and a bean bag and little table. She loved going in to read!

  8. Lyosha says:

    head aches are the hardest for any person. I don’t see any normal way to get through this but to sleep

  9. Amy Smith says:

    Such a neat app! My daughter is in K5 this year and struggling to learn to read. I am looking for a variety of options for this summer to help her master her reading!

  10. Rose Ann Sales says:

    I can’t believe the fact that 1 out 4 kids can’t read in America. That was quite a large number.

  11. The Bookbot app sounds like a great resource. I will have to see if it is available in the UK.

  12. Lora Frost says:

    Reading is so so important. What a great app. I am going to relay this suggestion to my assistant, as she has a kindergartner who is just learning to read. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Krista says:

    Bookbot is a wonderful way to help kids learn to read; a friend uses it and told me about it!

  14. Ronnie says:

    Wow I love this! What a smart idea and tech-friendly way to help kids through their reading struggles. Wish it had been available 15 years ago when my sister was struggling so much.

  15. I am always looking for ways to help kids read and to get through their reading struggles. Thank you so much for this information.

  16. Tiffany La Forge-Grau says:

    I hate when I find out that a child doesn’t know how to read. It can make getting through school impossible.

  17. Joanna Clute says:

    This sounds like a wonderful resource for parents and children alike! I love when there are programs that focus on a child’s reading.

  18. Tabitha Blue says:

    What a really cool system!!! We have a couple of great readers and another little one that is just learning. I’ll have to check this out!

  19. Sam says:

    This is such a fantastic resource! It’s a shame that so many children struggle with a vital need. I believe this can help so many people.

  20. Catherine Santiago Jose says:

    This is such a great innovation that really helps our kid with their reading skills. It’s really a handy device for our parenthood to have some assistance.

  21. Heather says:

    Reading is so important in the life of a child. Thanks for sharing this post. We’ve got to keep supporting kids reading!

  22. Romeo says:

    I’ve been using my own version of Bookbot for a while now and not sure how I managed my kids reading without it! I really need to take a look with this. Thank you for sharing

  23. Kara says:

    My older children love to read but my little one struggles. We have found that Star Wars books seem to be helping him LOL

  24. reading is so very important. thanks for the great tips

  25. tanya says:

    Wow this is a great tool for kids!!! Love how this is to help them!

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