Reading Raven – Early Ascent is proud to present their first app, and they have reason to be proud! Raven has what it takes to get kids on the road to reading and the developers have done it brilliantly, by following a proven reading program. Reading Raven is phonics-based, and unlike other learn-to-read apps, even phonics apps, it takes children all the way from learning foundational pre-reading and reading skills to reading sentences and very short stories.
We’ve heard this story many a time, Scott White wanted to teach his 5 year old son to read and wasn’t too impressed with much of what was available for mobile devices. Once again, a new app was born due to a parents curiosity and concern about their child’s early learning experiences. The developer suggests this app for ages 3-7 and that appears to be right on.
Reading Readiness skills start with the basics, including lots of FUN games with letters, and builds as the child progresses. Often we see apps that claim to be phonetically based and they are all over the place. Reading Raven has followed a sequential program that builds a strong foundation, one lesson at a time. The letter sounds are spot-on, not an easy feat! The initial consonant sounds are followed by the final consonants and the short vowels are taught through rhyming, word families, matching, reading and writing. All the reading aloud activities give you the option to read and record alone or read and record with the reader.
This app has a wonderfully simple options page where changing settings is easy and understandable. We loved the teacher guide in the app and on their website Reading Raven Guide. It is obvious that they took the time to create a top-notch learning tool. Reading Raven provides step-by-step reading adventures that delight and motivate young children as they build a solid foundation for reading. Each activity respects children’s natural desire to explore and learn at their own pace.
Reading Raven Features:
Reading short sentences
We corresponded with the developer and got the skinny about what Early Ascent is up to, Scott White shared this: “We are just about to release a new iPad update that adds support for different fonts (e.g. precursive), support for different cases, e.g. uppercase, a redesigned sticker book experience, and various other usability fixes and performance improvements. We are also releasing an iPhone version a few weeks after that, that will feel very similar to the iPad version but is optimized for the smaller screen.“