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Leading to Reading

Leading to Reading

Fall 2008 Website
Ages: Infant - 5 yrs.
Designer: Kapow Lead Designer
Designer: Neal Steinberg
Developer: Seth Berger
Developer: Whittman Hart Technology Dir
Review:
Although Leading to Reading is a site targeted for the youngest audiences, it is expected that they will be coming to the site with their parents as helpers. Audio accommodations are in place throughout the site to help guide a young child who is "mousing" over buttons.

The site focuses on increasing pre-reading and reading skills for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Videos of authors reading their work, with the pages clearly displayed at key points, games that focus on words and word sounds, and numerous opportunities for parents and children to work together on reading activities are woven into each of the three main sections of the site (Babies and Toddlers, Preschoolers and Grown-Ups). There are a number of games and activities available in each section: six major preschool sections with multiple activities in each, including video sing-alongs, games and "did you know" fact-sets; five sections for babies and toddlers, including lullabies and video finger plays; plus articles, videos and activities for parents as well as a link to sign-up for a parent newsletter.

The video and animated storybooks will keep visitors returning. Sometimes narrated by the authors, and sometimes created as an interactive book, these are well produced and easy to use with a young child.

Fran Wilde   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Fran Wilde is a writer, 3D simulation and web developer, and educator. She is an Interactive and Immersive Narrative Designer with Rezzable Inc. of London, England, was the Director of Web Services at The Park School in Baltimore, MD, for 10 years, and taught web design and programming at both Loyola College and at the University of Baltimore's Interactive Design and Information Architecture program. Her freelance clients include schools, corporations, and non-profit groups. She edits a group blog about family travel, www.travelswithchild.org, just for fun. Fran and her family currently live in Philadelphia, PA.

Look for this product at:
Reading is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF)
http://www.rif.org

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