This post is part of an ongoing partnership with Ooka Island early reading program. All opinions are 100% my own.
You see, tonight I realized Lucy isn’t playing Ooka Island enough. Someone made the asinine comment that, “early reading doesn’t really matter in the end. They all learn it at school anyways.”
Here’s the thing, it isn’t just that I want her to be reading before anyone else. Early reading actually has a huge documented impact on a child’s educational success and therefore financial success.
Basically, it’s this: if a child struggles with reading skills, it can impact all areas of school. All of them. Reading is essential. And not being able to read at the same level as their peers can be socially embarrassing and therefore make it even more difficult to catch up. (Have you ever lost confidence in yourself because you just felt like you’d never get it? Kids go through this all the time)
Reading isn’t only essential, but early reading is critical to educational success.
And what better way to learn to read than to do something fun, something that gives them confidence and they thoroughly enjoy doing? Something they will ask to do?
Welcome to Ooka Island!
Lucy begs me to play it. I need to download it onto her Android phone (yes, it is finally available for droids too!). Sometimes I get home too late for her to play it on my phone.
She is a 5 year old preschooler and goes to daycare. She has mastered the alphabet and their sounds. Now she is working on putting sounds together to make words.
I know all this because whenever Lucy plays, Ooka sends me a progress report with the early reading skills she is excelling at and ones I can work with her more on. They even send me resources for additional help in specific reading areas.
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Check out Ooka’s Website and see for yourself. Then let me know what you think!
I can’t wait to read Lucy’s next progress report. Soon she will be reading as well as her brother! I am so excited for her!