Reading Raven | Educational Apps

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This is a very enticing educational app that is sure to hold your kids attention.

Reading Raven guides them along, kids will encounter fly eating frogs, caterpillars that turn into butterflies, circus acrobats, ball balancing seals, underwater sea creatures, snow monsters, flying penguins, space robots, rhyming rockets, and much more!

This app encompasses ages 3 to 5 in reading exercises designed just for them! It covers every reading aspect from matching, tracing, letter and word recognition, rhyming and more!

I am sure you will find the phonics based approach very effective!

Reading Raven is presented to us by Early Ascent, LLC

This is the 3 year old setting.

The 4 and 5 year old exercises and how to change the settings.

Reading Raven HD – Early Ascent, LLC

This app is a great addition to your kid’s toolbox for life!
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Meet The Developers!

What was the initial inspiration for Reading Raven?

When my son Hayden was 5 years old I spent time researching the most effective ways to teach him how to read, including  apps, workbooks, and other materials. All of the apps I found felt very one dimensional, addressing one narrow sub-skill involved in learning to read, and thus did not seem very effective. On the other hand, I discovered some wonderful workbooks which we ended up using because they were very effective but they suffered from the fact that they are very dry and require a lot of self-discipline to get through. I then had the idea that someone should try to provide the same multi-dimensional high-quality educational experience one gets from the best workbooks but with a much more engaging user experience using touch screen mobile devices, so that children can learn the same material but not require external pressure to get through it because they don’t feel like they are doing homework but rather are on a fun adventure. I then realized that someone would be me!

What is your favorite aspect of your app?

I have a few favorites. The first is that kids seem to really love the characters and games in the app and even more importantly, the app appears to be very effective in helping kids learn to read. Secondly, I love that the app is completely customizable for a broad age range so parents and teachers can pick and choose what activities they want their kids to work on. The third is something we don’t mention much which is that the app is adaptive based on kid’s learning levels. So, for example, the speed at which word gems fall will slow down or speed up depending on how hard it is for kids. We added this after working with an autistic child and noticing that we needed to make some of the activities much easier for her while for other kids the speed that would be comfortable and fun for them should be much faster. Finally, I love our interface for teaching kids how to read words and sentences aloud. Children can record their voice and then get pronunciation feedback and compare that with how they read it. If they get stuck, they can tap any letter to hear how it sounds or swipe a word or sentence and hear it read back to them.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

What we have released so far is just the beginning. We have a lot of ideas we are thinking through on how to make the app even better and we love getting feedback from parents and teachers and working with them to make sure we are designing the best possible product.

 

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  1. Candice
    Candice02-20-2012

    Thanks for the informative review. I like that the basis for the app was an application of effective multi-dimensional learning tools first with the fun element added. To many apps these days skip over the fundamentals and go straight for the fun. It’s also interesting to hear from the person that conceived the app how it came about.

    -C

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