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Improve Your Child’s Reading 50% in 3 Months

The Carrot that got my Daughter

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Advanced speech recognition technology that listens, responds, and teachers as your child reads. It’s like having a tutor in your computer.

By Mary Anglin-Coulter

When I was young, we were in school for long stretches. Today, a school calendar with frequent breaks is more popular. Add to that sick days and a child’s learning routine is constantly interrupted.

I signed Madi up for activity workbooks that came via mail. She liked them (she loved getting mail!), but she wasn’t learning. Madi loves technology so I tried websites that boasted education. Madi had fun, but I didn’t see the educational payoff. I discovered an interactive program called Reading Buddy Software. It uses

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The software reminded Madi of her prize, which motivated her. But because of the game dynamics it didn’t feel like homework. I found my carrot. I prefer the old-fashion school calendar, but times have changed. And now that my daughter has a tutor in her computer, I can’t be accused of not changing with them.

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The software also awards points and prizes. That’s the fun I wanted. And after Madi used it for a while she read faster and more accurately.

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For Madi, my first grader, the break in learning causes a problem—she forgets what she was learning. It’s especially bad with reading.

“When I got Reading Buddy Software for my son, it was like I got a 24/7 reading tutor. Better though, because I didn’t have to pay by the hour. And boy did it work. He improved a whole grade level. My son’s school recommended it. The program has it all figured out with the points and prizes and the automatic feedback. My daughter uses it too because she’s dyslexic. They both do it without me even asking…can you imagine? For them it’s fun. For me it improves their reading.”

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