Learning to read opens up kids’ minds, introducing them to classic literature and teaching them that state law doesn’t actually say anything about eating cookies before dinner. Let them learn the truth with this Groupon.
C$39 for Premium Membership for Three (Up to a C$169 Value)
The lifetime premium membership includes access to Red Apple Reading’s entire complement of services, including downloadable flash cards, interactive games, and videos focused on the alphabet, short vowels, and sight words. Comprehensive reviews make sure kids have mastered basic concepts before moving ahead. Students need only a computer with an internet connection and Adobe Flash Player installed.
Red Apple Reading
Red Apple founder Tammy Bennecke started her career in the classroom, helping 6- and 7-year-olds tap into the wonders of the written word. “What I loved the most was watching that little light bulb go off in a first grader’s head,” she wrote in her blog in 2012, but she couldn’t help noticing a disturbing pattern as she began moving to older classrooms. It was clear that children who fell a few steps behind in earlier years were discouragingly unlikely to catch up and might even be at greater risk of dropping out by the time they reached high school.
Undaunted, Bennecke left institutional education to combat adolescent illiteracy through Red Apple Reading, an online program of easily-digestible reading concepts that encourages interactivity and comes with trackable progress reports for parents and teachers. The system is designed to keep kids engaged and entertained: goofy animals and skateboarding kids parade across screens and flashcards, and reward points and bonus games provide a sense of accomplishment normally reserved for the 1 in 10,000 children who can successfully work the claw machine at the arcade.