Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Reading is a human right. Our goal is to provide a complete, free program so anyone can help their child learn to read. Eventually we’ll be adding affordable, paid content and offering services to support this mission.
How many times has your child asked you what a letter or word is?
When you read to your child, do you use story-time to develop your child’s reading comprehension skills?
We want you to have the knowledge and tools to answer questions and read to your child in a way that supports their reading education instead of hurting it.
You may not be able to control how your child is taught reading at school, but you can give them a strong foundation at home and guide your child to reading success!
For kids under 3, you’ll benefit from the knowledge as you support their pre-reading education. They may not be developmentally ready to do all the games, but you can start getting familiar with the program and can try to add in the concepts and game when your child seems ready.
Older children who are struggling with reading (and even adults!) can benefit as well. Just see if you can find ways to make the games more challenging to keep them engaged. For example, if a game has a ball toss component, you can use a ball to throw instead of a stuffed animal and increase the distance.
It depends! You can go as slow as you need to or as fast as your child’s abilities allow.
It doesn’t have to take more than an hour spread out over the course of a week. But even just one session a week of 30 minutes or so, will allow you to successfully move through the program.
Try logging in twice a week when you’re first getting started. Typically, you’ll need 5-10 minutes to watch a video or two as you learn about a reading skill and how to play a game.
Once you know about the skill and how to play the games, you’ll be able to easily weave them into your day.
Learning to read is a process – it doesn’t happen overnight!
Some kids will need more time before they’re ready for all the reading skills, and that’s ok. Young children vary greatly in their developmental abilities.
Plus, some things just take time. For example, we’ve found it takes most children (and adults!) at least three weeks to really tune their ears in Ear Training.
If your child is struggling with a particular skill, pause for a bit and then circle back to try again in a couple of weeks or more. You can keep playing the games you already know.
Totally stuck.? Please reach out to us for support.
This program is for you too! Grandparents, relatives, caretakers, and teachers can all discover how to make learning to read as easy as child’s play.
Yes! The methodology our program is based on has been proven to be especially effective in helping children with dyslexia learn to read.
“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is
characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by
poor spelling and decoding abilities.
These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language….that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction.
Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can
impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”
Adopted by the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002
Yes, ear training tunes the ears to hear phonemes in words.
Phonemic awareness refers to the specific ability to focus on and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words with no letter shapes.
Skills are at a listening/auditory and spoken/verbal, level – NO print – spoken
words requiring ears only!
Phonemic awareness skills are foundational for Phonics.
Phonics connects phonemes (sounds) to graphemes (letter shapes). Children who cannot hear and manipulate the phonemes of spoken words will have a very challenging time learning how to relate letter sounds to letter shapes when they’re looking at written words.
Therefore, we need to use our ears AND eyes to build a foundation of phonemic awareness skills before intense concentration is given to phonics.
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