If you'll remember in one of my previous posts, I reviewed a personalized book that encourages reading. Well, now, I'm doing an app-counterpart! Which I think is also great considering we are all surrounded by gadgets right now. I think either a real book or an app will work just the same, what's more important is that the kid actually is interested in hearing, reading and learning about it.
This app that I'm talking about is the FarFaria reading app. Available for free download on iPad, iPhone or Android devices. It contains 800+ books and counting and they add five (5) new engaging stories weekly! In no time it will reach a thousand mark. These stories by the way, can be read either aloud by you and your kid or read by the app for you using the Read-to-Me feature.
To make it easier, I'll be describing what you'll see when you click each of the five (5) icons located in the lower part of the screen.
1) Home - It's where you can browse: Recently Read, Book Club Activity, New, Popular Now, Seasonal Theme like Halloween Delights this time and Featured Theme like Bully Busters.
- PK - Pre-K - PK (ABC book, Baby's Favorite Things, Colors, and a lot more!)
- Kindergarten - A, B, C, D
- Grade 1 - E, F, G, H, I
- Grade 2 - J, K, L, M
- Grade 3 - N, O, P
- Grade 4 - Q, R, S
They call it the Farfaria's A-to-Z Reading Level System or FAZ for short. The Common Core-aligned FAZ system was created to help children excel in reading. It was independently reviewed by MetaMetrics ensures accurate measurement of text complexity, allowing teachers and parents to easily track children's reading progress.
4) My Favorites - As discussed awhile ago, this will include all the books you starred. :) It makes it easier for your kid to find her favorite book.
Also, here's how it will look like while the book is being read. On the front or cover page, you'll notice four (4) icons on the top - Pause, Start Over, Favorite and Exit. All of which are self-explanatory. When you click Favorite, you'll have an easy access to it in the main page. My daughter definitely put this Beauty and the Beast story in her favorites, and also the story of Snow White. By the way, before you actually see this cover page, you might notice a 5-second download thing, which lets you access those books offline. You don't have to worry about not having wifi access.
You'll get one story a day for free if you download the FarFaria app. But wait, why limit it to one when you can get a 3-month membership to FarFaria and get all-access to the 800+ books anytime, anywhere?! All you have to do is join the giveaway via the Rafflecopter link below! Awesome, I know. Thank me later, good luck for now! :)
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