My husband and I were discussing the importance of reading to your children this afternoon. Our son is turning one year old on Friday, and every day we read to him before he goes to bed. I have been trying to reinforce to my husband that reading is important for our son, and it took a Facebook post for him to believe me. I tell parents this at every parent teacher interview. 20 minutes of reading everyday will give your student so much more confidence in school.
I believe that all of the app’s in the world could not replace this time reading within the family. Learners need to see the behaviour modelled by their parents, and parents need to strengthen this by reading with their learner. With that said, the teacher in me knows that this does not happen in every home.
The apps that give learners reinforcement and track their progress can replace some of the modelling that they may be missing. Learners need to find it engaging to stick with the program, or they will just daydream during their work time.