I was shocked a few weeks back at the horror of the Dark Night Shooting, just like the rest of America. How an individual can do something so horrible is beyond me. The touching stories that came forth from victims families served as reminders that even in the midst of tradegy, good can come forth.
This past week, I came across a video from Levar Burton, the host of Reading Rainbow. I was immediately taken back to the days when I would rush home from school to watch the show, and the theme song came rushing forth from my mouth.
More importantly, this video addressed the shooting and how parent’s can help their children to process what happened. It shows ways to engage in conversation with our children about the ordeal. You can see it for yourself here:
After watching the video, I saw that Reading Rainbow is not just a thing of the past. They actually have an app that you can download on your iPad. The app allows your children to go on adventures to themed islands and explore through video field trips and segments of old and new shows.
Do everything they can to continue to promote a love of reading, the app is free to download. Once installed, children can choose one free book to begin exploring. There are 150 books to choose from and 16 video field trips that can be accessed for $9.99 a month or $29.99 for a six month subscription.
One of the cool things this app does is that it allows children to earn digital stickers to track progress. Parents can check in on our their children at ReadingRainbow.com. Parents can also use their Family Reading time feature to begin discussion and help show their children that reading is rewarding.
You can see for yourself how it works here:
With back to school around the corner, be sure to check out the app in order to help promote learning for your children.