Welcome to Reading Raven Support! We have put together a list of FAQs that we hope will help answer any questions or concerns you may have about Reading Raven.
- Will you be adding more lessons?
Yes! We are actively working on adding more lessons. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook or signup for the newsletter to get notified when they will be available.
- Will you release a version for other platforms other than iPad, iPhone, and iPod?
Yes, stay tuned! In the meantime, feel free to let us know what platform you would like to see it on.
- How do I skip a lesson or repeat an activity?
To skip an activity, simply swipe to the right on the reading raven character. To repeat an activity, simply swipe to the left.
- How do I repeat the instructions for an activity?
Simply tap the instruction icon on the top right of the screen for any activity.
- Why do you focus on the sounds letters make rather than the names of the letters?
Our approach to teaching kids to read is based on phonics. Reading Raven does name the letters, but the emphasis is on the sounds these letters represent. Phonics instruction enables a child to accurately read a word he or she has never seen. Phonics instruction prevents “reading by guessing”, and careful attention to the left-to-right order of sounds can prevent a habit of reversing letter sounds.
- Do you include sight words?
Yes, English spelling is built on patterns and what we call a “sight word” is a word that doesn’t neatly fit a known pattern. In the beginning lessons, Reading Raven introduces very few sight words because learning too many, too soon, leads to guessing. Once a reader knows phonics and English spelling patterns, he or she will realize that most words contain a pattern of some kind–and we have many patterns in English. Eventually, we all read with a large sight-word vocabulary, that is, words we know by sight. Still it is vitally important to know how to ‘sound out’ an unfamiliar word.