A note from Andrea, our founder
Hi! I'm Andrea, mother of three, (and this is Izzy). Reading did not come easily to any of my kids, and my youngest really struggled. Getting his reading up to grade level required a lot of work.
Like many student/parent teams, my grade schooler and I logged hours together at the kitchen counter working on his reading. From second grade onward, we'd sit side by side. With my finger, I underlined the words across countless pages as he read. When he skipped or misread a word, I would stop advancing my finger. That was the sign for him to try again. Often, he felt discouraged and worried that he wasn't making progress. I did my best to reassure him, yet frequently I shared the same fear.
My son is generally an easy-going kid. Still, there were frequent moments of frustration followed by creative attempts to delay or evade the whole exercise. As he got older, my son wanted to read on his own. I liked the idea but knew that without the benefit of my feedback, his accuracy would not improve. My son didn't understand the importance of reading words accurately. He understood most of the stories he was reading and assumed that was enough. He didn't realize that high accuracy rates would soon be essential for word problems in math, instructions in science labs, taking tests and more.
We realized that it wasn't just us. MOST kids need reading help. There has to be a better, more efficient, more fun way to deliver it. My experience developing apps led me to the question “is there an app for this?” There wasn't.
So, we built Rally Reader! We leverage technology to empower kids to interact with the devices they already use in a positive and helpful way. If your child is a reluctant reader, has learning differences, or missed too much school during COVID, give us a try. You'll see real progress in just a few months!