“Reading to your child fosters language development, reading readiness and positive relationships. The iRead With interactive books are designed so that parent and child can learn and play together.”
“Shared reading experiences between parents and children are very important for children’s social, emotional and cognitive development. During shared reading, children learn about language and reading while talking with the parent. The Child Phonology Lab at McGill University and Tribal Nova have combined their expertise in a research and development project that focuses on interactive and participative reading on the iPad. The project will result in e-books that are better adapted to the needs of diverse users and which are more effective in the promotion of foundational literacy skills.”
Susan Rvachew, Ph.D., S -LP (C) Professor at the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, McGill University.
Our shared reading method
- Dialogue with the child is at the heart of the interactivity. The reading sequences are punctuated by questions inviting the child to comment on the story, describe the pictures, and make inferences or predictions. On each page parents ask questions about the story and engage conversation with their child.
- The prompting system is designed to foster language development: verbal fluency and narrative skills, vocabulary, phonological awareness… It helps the child build the foundational skills required to learn how to read.
- Living Words: Important words are interactive and trigger animations. This helps make the connection between text and image.
- Animations are tied to the story: Direct interactions give children the gratification of triggering animations and sound effects by touching illustrations.
- A playful experience: Children can reveal visual clues to the answers andrecord their voice.
Prompting system and primary skills developed
- Descriptive questions: These are the Wh… Questions ” what, who, where,when?” They invite to observe the images, describe the events, characters and circumstances. With these descriptive sentences, the child improves his verbal fluency and vocabulary, while developing comprehension strategies.
- Open ended questions: These prompts are about making predictions and inferences about the story and characters’ motivations. They help building the narrative skills and for example, “Tell me what is happening in this picture.” Free expression promotes the construction of a structured language and vocabulary.
- Distancing questions: Ask the child to compare what happens in the story with real life and how it relates with his personal experience. These questions help children make the connection between the books and the real world, and develop their conversational abilities.
- Phonological awareness prompts: These questions invite to listen to the sounds that make up words. For example, rhymes and phoneme isolation prompts.
- Prompts (completion): Leave a blank at the end of a sentence and encourage the child to say the missing words. These prompts help raise awareness on the structure of language.
- Recall questions: Invite children to formulate what they learned from the story. These questions improve comprehension as they help to understand the sequence of events in the story.