ReadAskChat has released a wonderful new app to share with the youngest children much like the traditional picture book experiences of earlier generations. Sharing books with young children is meant to be a joyful experience with FUN at the forefront of the activity. If children are engaged and enjoying themselves, they are learning. When children have positive interactions with literacy at a very young age it can transfer to positive outlooks about reading in the years ahead. ReadAskChat's mission is:
“to empower families to engage children in joyful reading, singing, and conversation that build on their natural curiosity and validate their perceptions.”
All of the literacy adventures in the ReadAskChat app are specifically chosen for their emphasis on nurturing scenarios, delightfully illustrated images, and rich language. This recipe provides parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with the needed ingredients to build a strong foundation for future learning. This meticulously curated app leads parents and caregivers through the practice of engaging children in an early literacy environment. Ample opportunities for listening, comprehension and age-appropriate dialog are provided. What is even more significant is that ReadAskChat helps foster healthy and happy social and emotional development during the youngest years. They focus on the whole child and through reading and conversing regularly the youngest population has the opportunity to learn about the world around them and promote imaginative thinking.
ReadAskChat has brilliantly embedded conversation starters throughout and questions for families to expand and grow interpersonal relationships with their children on every page. The developers use what is called Dialogic Reading which involves back-and-forth interaction between adults and children surrounding the text, art, and concepts found in their digital books. All too often in this busy world we live in we forget the importance of sharing special moments with our youngest children, ReadAskChat makes sure that your digital experience with their app will be a virtual treasure!
Originally TWA was mistaken by the levels, thinking the stories were leveled by baby, toddler, and preschooler - it is the conversation starters that are scaffolded for the different levels - quite ingenious!
ReadAskChat is pushing the envelope in saying their app is appropriate for 0 to 4-year olds, wisely - they have backed their product up with ample research and are spot-on when it comes to the earlier the better! Teachers With Apps was thoroughly dazzled with the quality of both the content and the easy to use interface. We asked some mothers of babies and toddlers what their take on sharing the screen with such young developing minds was, surprisingly they all admitted screens are here to stay and making sure quality of the content was their main concern. Librarians we polled agreed that the age wasn't so much an issue, the quality and educational value is their deal breaker for screentime. What they were most impressed about ReadAskChat were the natural prompts embedded for sharing. This app will grow with you and your child as it will be returned to again and again!
Share books because it...
- teaches a baby about communication
- introduces concepts such as numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way
- builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills
- gives babies information about the world around them
By coaching parents digitally: ReadAskChat is on a mission to close the achievement gap before children reach school age.
Co-founders Alice Letvin and Carolyn Saper each have 30+ years of experience in publishing, urban education, and curriculum development and assessment. As colleagues, they led the creation of the Junior Great Books Curriculum for grades PK–12—a widely recognized exemplary program that supports all students in interpreting and writing about rewarding texts.
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