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Ruckus Reader Review

by Nicole on July 16, 2012

Name of Product: Ruckus Reader 

Where to Buy:  online at iTunes

Price of Product:  FREE

Description of Product: “The Ruckus Reader is designed to help young children practice important reading skills and develop a love of reading with characters they love. Moreover, it addresses the needs of parents and caregivers with weekly Reader Meter e-mail reports and an online dashboard that provides details of their child’s progress.

“Mobile devices have created an enticing world of entertainment and convenience, but at the same time, they have created new challenges for parents,” said Rick Richter, CEO, Ruckus Media Group. “We are trying to make sense of all the options available to children in a digital age and strive to understand when screen time is delivering real educational value. With children gravitating to interactive technologies and content at an early age, it is critical to embed reading fundamentals in these new formats. The Ruckus Reader offers a smart, simple solution.”

The Ruckus Reader is the first library of mobile apps to deliver a safe and interactive learning environment filled with iReaders (digital storybook titles), eReaders (e-books), narrated video books and videos, and activities for children to enjoy without leaving the library. Ruckus iReaders feature well-loved characters such as Hasbro’s MY LITTLE PONY and TRANSFORMERS brands and The Wiggles, as well as activities designed to appeal to the creative learner, the science lover, the mathematician and the music enthusiast and more with content from Crayola, SeaWorld, Dino Dan, Cyberchase and VeggieTales.

Developed by educational experts, the Ruckus Reader is designed to match age-appropriate standards determined by the Common Core State Standards. Featuring a revolving library of interactive digital storybooks, the Ruckus Reader:

Engages the parent and/or caregiver with a weekly Reader Meter report that assesses their child’s in-app reading skills, such as phonics and word recognition, print awareness, fluency, alphabetic knowledge, sequencing and story comprehension in real time.

Offers a collection of more than 15 iReaders from award-winning, best-selling children’s books with 20 new titles and activities added to the Ruckus Reader library every month.

Includes more than 15 top children’s books in e-book format for endless story time, such as Curious George from respected children’s publisher Houghton Mifflin, with additional titles arriving monthly.

Celebrates a child’s successes with parent engagement and provides recommendations and practical tips for parents.

Provides the right book at the right time as each series features three different reading levels, appropriate for emergent, beginning and independent readers.

Features integrated, age-appropriate learning activities and games within the context of each story to further the plot.”

Review of Product:  I am all for any app that makes reading any easier of a process in our house – and Ruckus Reader does! It is a FREE app and I love that it helps me monitor Noah’s reading by giving me progress reports and letting me keep track of what he is doing! No other app I have found does this.  The books have his favorite characters and reading has become fun for him using the Ruckus Reader!

I received a sample of the product reviewed in this post.  My opinions remain my own.

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