Have to admit, I’m a fan of these developers, so you’ll see a few reviews of their stuff on my site. Endless reader is another gem from Originator for teaching kids how to read in those important early stages.
The app uses sight words in it’s learning library. The idea is that kids will learn to recognise certain words by sight, which are the most common words used in books etc.
There are three levels of difficulty, so you can choose what’s appropriate for your child’s age and reading stage. Level 1 starts off with Pre-K or preschool type words, Level 2 is Kindergarten to 2nd Grade, and Level 3 uses words used from 2nd to 3rd grade.
Then in each level you are given a few words for each alphabet letter to play around with. Plenty of content to keep kids amused while learning and it’s so simple to use, they can play independently.
How it Works
The main menu page that children interact with is a giant monsters mouth. Inside is a carousel of words, that you scroll through, each linking up to a letter of the alphabet.
So let’s start with the letter ‘a’ in level 1. Kids have to drag the letter for the word ‘all’ to slot into holes. As each letter moves, it animates and make phonemes sounds. The next stage is to drag the word ‘all’ into a sentence with the words ‘the’ and ‘up’. Making the sentence ‘Pinkertin gobbled up all of the cookies!’
Then off you go to the next letter, and so on.
In Level 2, let’s start with ‘k’. Kids have to drag around the letters to make the word ‘know’ and then form the sentence ‘Little Blue did not know how he was going to get down’. Words get significantly harder in level 3. For example, kids will be learning how to spell words like ‘better’ and ‘window’.
Is it easy to use and navigate?
You bet it is! Endless reader is extremely easy to navigate through. When you are on the individual pages, to hear the word or sentence again, there is a link in the top left hand corner. Or to go back to the main menu, click the ‘abc’ on the top right. There is a dial on the main menu for setting the levels and the rest as they say, is child’s play. Pick a letter and scroll through the mouth to find a word.
Simplicity is key here, but sometimes I would like to be able to have a way to monitor my child’s progress. There isn’t anyway to tell what words have already been done. Though I do find it handy being able to jump to any level, so we can try harder words, without having to finish a work plan. At least that way there’s no stress, scores and kids can play at their own pace. Definitely one of my favourites, a great quality app for kids learning to read.
A parent sitting with a toddler would be able to scroll through the carousel and help their child dragging and dropping, but to really take in some actual learning 3 years would be the minimum age, with the ideal age being 4-6 years.