I am so excited to be an ambassador for a fantastic educational app! This post is sponsored by Ooka Island, but I am going to share our real experience in the following post.
Lucy is already 5 years old and I am having a difficult time adjusting to my baby girl being old enough to read. She’s the youngest, and soaks up every last drop of being our baby. With Lizzie, I pushed reading as soon as she could talk. With David, I did kinda. And now with Lucy she is in preschool and I am like, “oh no! Kindergarten is next year and I don’t know what she can read yet!”
She’s definitely the baby of the family.
And as the baby, I don’t really want to fight with her to teach her to read. I want the process to be natural, smooth, and fun for her. Naturally, that means letting her learn to read by playing on my phone.
Ooka Island is an early reading app for iPhones and Androids. It was developed by educational professionals and fantastic illustrators and designers.
So not only does it teach children how to read effectively, but they have no idea they are “learning” because it is so fun and well made!
As a mom tech blogger, I’ve let my kids play and try out a bunch of educational apps. Some are really fun, but they don’t learn a whole lot. Others are super educational, but my children get bored/annoyed because the graphics are cheesy or the characters are boring.
Ooka Island is entertaining for Lucy and incredibly educational – it really does teach early reading concepts effectively!
Lucy loves Ooka Island! She plays as often as she can and is learning letter combination sounds right now. She asks me to play it – and when she is challenged, she is afraid she can’t beat the level. Then she does and she cheers!
The self-confidence she receives from learning new concepts and continuing to advance to more cannot be given a price.
How Does Ooka Island Teach Reading?
First, you really need to take a minute and tour the Island. You will see all the different ways it teaches reading. It keeps Lucy’s attention because there are so many different “mini” games.
Then, at the end of the week, you receive a progress report on your child’s strengths as they cruise through the different reading levels on the app.
So you really can just hand over the app, let them play, and relax knowing they are learning how to read!
How Long Does It Take?
Really, you should aim for 30 minutes on the app, 3 times a week. (What child doesn’t get that much app time anyways?)
I was thrilled to become an ambassador for this app because it is backed by so much research. Check out these amazing stats:
- Based on the concepts ranked #1 for reading comprehension by the Institute of Education Sciences.
- The app uses combined 25 years of research and scientifically-proven methods to teach reading
In my next post I will share how much Lucy has learned! I can’t wait! Right now, she is loving Ooka Island – her favorite part is the cave of sounds.