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How effective are online reading programs?

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Online reading programs are effective and fun for children and give parents a way to teach their children when they cannot be as hands-on as they may like, according to TopTenReviews. In 2014, TopTenReviews said ClickN Read Phonics, TNT Reading Tutor and the Red Apple Reading Complete Package are effective.

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How effective are online reading programs?
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As of 2014, ClickN Read Phonics had 100 lessons split into four progressive segments. TNT Reading Tutor guides students through learning letter sounds, words, then sentences. It includes pictures and uses rhyming words to make the learning process more fun. Red Apple Reading Complete Package is a set that covers reading from kindergarten to second grade. It uses animation and colorful pictures to keep children engaged, says TopTenReviews.

Parents and teachers should choose online reading applications designed for preschool and early elementary age children. Simple navigation and progressive lessons make the programs more effective. The concepts in each lesson should build logically and methodically on the previous concept, TopTenReviews advises.

Some programs feature a virtual narrator – an animated character or an energetic human guide. Programs should at least have an audio feature that pronounces letters and words. Simple, straightforward instructions help children learn best, says TopTenReviews.

In addition to the program itself, the value of a reading program can be enhanced by the availability of help and support from the company that built and manages the online application, as well as complementary resources for parents, according to TopTenReviews.

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