The goal of the Read With Me! is to embrace your child’s ability to learn to read naturally during your normal picture book reading time. The words are presented dynamically one at a time in large type and stay on the screen long enough for the child to attend to the words and eventually learn to read them. This experience allows your child to learn to read naturally in the same manner that they learn to understand what you say.
To begin, just search our library for a physical book you have available to read. Select this book from our library by touching the start icon. Then go to the Settings to allow the reading experience to be uniquely tailored to your child. For each recorded sentence, choose the number of words that your child will see, as well as the duration for each word. The default settings are reasonable for most children, and you will quickly determine the optimal settings that seem appropriate for your child. The printed text that the child sees has typical punctuation and is presented in an easy-to-read type font.
When you dictate a sentence from the book, your child can now see the printed words from the book on the screen. This application carries out automated speech recognition under your command. For best accuracy, you will want to read clearly and with emphasis as you usually do with your child. You activate this recognition by touching the screen before you begin reading a sentence from the book, and touch it again when you have finished reading the sentence. The words from the sentence you just read will then appear on the screen.
The words will occur one at a time on the screen, and will follow their sequential order in the sentence (even though some of the earlier words in the sentence might be missing). This method of presentation has been proven to be a valid method of reading text, and it allows your child to focus on each word separately at their center of attention. The printed text that the child sees has typical punctuation and is presented in a large easy-to-read type font.
Engaging Your Child
Your child is usually engaged in your shared reading times, and it offers an ideal opportunity for giving them the opportunity to learn to read naturally. Our observations have shown that children find the written words as part and parcel of shared reading, especially if it is begun early. Our application is more interactive and somewhat more demanding than normal reading but as parents or caregivers you are starting your child’s road to literacy. The screen accompaniment is necessary because the words in picture books are usually difficult to read because of their small size and fancy fonts. In addition, children look at the pictures and not the words. We believe that learning to read in this manner instills in your child a much more positive attitude about reading and will set him or her on the pathway to reading to learn.
You can see the books in our library here.
If you have questions email
dominic.massaro at gmail.com
For video instructions and demonstrations of the program, see
- Improved the alignment of speech and text.
- Updated code
Ratings and Reviews
This app is very useful!!
I have recently downloaded this app and have been using it. The user interface is very easy, without the repetitive "drill and kill" method. Read With Me! softens the transition from just reading allowed to actually having your child understand the words that are being said. I also love that most of the books that I read as a child are on here.
Fun and interesting!
I have never read out loud this way before. It's interesting to read a long with a book, and have the words show up at the same time! A very new and easy way of helping kids recognize words as they hear them. Very helpful, fun, and simple! I LIKE IT.
Great new app!
This app is a new way to make reading with your child more fun and interactive. It's easy to use, has a wide variety of popular children's book, and is a great way to expose kids to learning how to read at an early age. Very useful!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.