Preview: ReadingIQ review and how we use ReadingIQ in our family and homeschool!
The awesome people at Age of Learning. Inc gave me a free trial to review ReadingIQ and I cannot wait to tell you what I thought! This post contains affiliate links.
Do you know that feeling of walking into the children’s section library and lighting up like a kid in a candy store? So many childhood classics and favorite characters that you don’t know what to read first! You want to share all of them with your children.
Now, what if you could take the whole library with you everywhere you go? Would you read to your kids in waiting rooms and at restaurants? Would an entire library of favorites be a lifesaver on road trips?
If you’re saying yes then I need to tell you about the past month I have spent reading and learning with my kids on Reading IQ!
What is Reading IQ?
Reading IQ is a library in your pocket! It is accessible by computer, phone, or tablet and it gives you unlimited access to thousands of books anytime, anywhere! It is a kid-friendly environment so you can allow your kids to use it anytime without having to worry about what they might find. (The content has already been curated for kids 12 and under).
Is it like ABCmouse.com?
No, not really! ABCmouse.com follows a curriculum and includes interactive activities. (We have been using it for 5 years and if you’d like to know what we think of it, you can read my ABCmouse.com review here plus you can read about the trick I use to keep them engaged)! ReadingIQ is like a mobile library full of books to read! They certainly complement each other but they are totally different apps and experiences.
What can you do on Reading IQ
Reading IQ has so many features I love. The list of books is seemingly endless. There are award-winning titles, including Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners, plus all of their favorite characters such as Marvel heroes, Pixar pals, Star Wars, Sesame Street friends, and Disney princess just to name a few.
The books are also searchable by category. If your child likes space or animals, they can click on that section and find all the books on that subject. There are also categories Moms will like such as number & shapes, beginning readers, and music & art.
There are also tons of “Read to Me” stories to allow even pre-readers to follow along with the story. My kids were listening to Finding Nemo in the car and the pages even turned themselves so the kids could stay with the story without having to touch the iPad.
The selection of books in Spanish is tremendous with many Read to Me and educational options! Such a great way to introduce Spanish to early readers!
You can add up to 3 children (users) on your account and you are able to track their progress and set the reading level through several different options in the “Level” tab.
The Daily Reading Challenge encourages kids to keep reading and awards badges for time spent reading.
Beyond that, the reading possibilities are endless. There are chapter books, joke books, math books, history books, how-to’s, engineering books, biographies, wordless stories, and many more. There is truly something for everyone.
How I am using Reading IQ
I am really impressed with the huge selection of books on Reading IQ. Recently, I have been using it to assist with homeschool lessons and I am finding it helps keep them engaged in the subject.
For example, we have been learning about feelings and how to handle our emotions. I did notice a few eye-rolls about my suggestions so I pulled out my iPad and opened ReadingIQ. I searched for “feelings” and I found “Grumpy Pants” by Claire Messer. I opened it and started reading and after a minute, all three of the kids were hanging on every word. We mocked Penguin by trying to shake our “grumpies” out and we laughed a lot. The book broke the mood and helped everyone refocus.
I opened the app today and saw 13 books that I hadn’t used in class. Turns out, my 7-year-old had been reading a lot! I installed the app on her iPod and she was using ReadingIQ even more than I realized. Knowing your kids are reading- on their own- because they WANT to, well that really fills a Mom’s heart!
I also really love the “Read to Me” books because it is useful for everyone. My first grader can follow with word recognition while my preschooler gets to use the app too, even though he can’t read yet.
The National Geographic books are my favorite as a Mom, while the kids are reading Disney and Marvel books.
So what is my ReadingIQ review? I truly love it and so do my kids. It is useful, educational, entertaining, and engaging.
*I want to share my affiliate link with you so you can try ReadingIQ free for the first month! LINK