At SpoonRead, we’re committed to getting your kids reading more. We work extra hard to make our software as intuitive as possible, but we know that sometimes it helps to have someone walk you through things step by step. If you would like to see a tutorial on a topic that’s not listed here, please use the contact us button to the right and let us know.
What is SpoonRead?
SpoonRead is a new mobile app that gets kids reading. Parents download the app to their phone or tablet and also onto the device their child will be using (if different – parent and child may share device). After a simple onboarding process that includes assigning a book to a child, kids read the full text of the book on their device. As they read, the system asks them comprehension questions to make sure they understand what they’re reading. If they answer correctly, they earn coins towards their overall reading goal. Experts agree that ongoing progress monitoring is the best way to teach children to be close and careful readers.
What age groups is SpoonRead for?
K-6. Many parents tell us that they use SpoonRead and read to their children as young as ages five or six. They find that their kids love answering the questions and seeing how they are earning coins. The SpoonRead library has titles intended for emergent readers in kindergarten and grade one all the way up to middle school readers in roughly sixth grade. We believe that motivating kids to read at a young age is a vital part of building strong learning habits. That’s why we’ll maintain our focus on this younger group of readers.
What platforms does it work on?
SpoonRead works on all current Android and iOS operating systems and newer Chromebooks that run Google Play Store applications.
How do I get it?
How much does it cost?
The SpoonRead app itself is free to all users. During our public beta, were offering a selection of free books available to all users. After the Bookstore Launch, books will be sold in the bookstore starting at $.99 and ranging in price. Our “play from print” functionality can be purchased for $2.99 per book in the case where you already own the physical book or prefer to get it from the library to use with SpoonRead.
What Books Can My Child Read?
Our selection of books is growing literally by the day. Working with a team of experienced teachers and literacy specialists, we’re building out a library of “Spoon-ified” books (books that have been chunked with questions) that cover a range of fiction and nonfiction across a wide array of subjects and topics.
In some cases, students are only able to read the print version of the book and then come to the SpoonRead app to play our reading game and answer the questions. In other cases, students can either read the print version or read the SpoonRead version entirely on their mobile device. If you have certain titles you’d like us to add, please email us here and share your suggestion.
I’m a teacher – Can I sign up my whole class?
Be our guest! We love working with teachers to help them motivate their students to read. We currently don’t support integration with any student rostering systems, but this functionality will be coming. Many users find that using the app to onboard students takes less than ten seconds per student.
What are Rewards?
Some parents and teachers want to give their students extra motivation to read more. They can use our reward system to create an additional incentive for successful reading. Working with the reader, the parent/teacher sets the particular reward and the reading goal. Once the child reaches the benchmark, the SpoonRead Rewards system automatically unlocks the reward (and even ships it in some cases) . Rewards can range from items such as Legos and other learning toys to soft rewards such as additional recess or free choice class time. If you would like to see additional rewards added to the rewards drawer, please share your ideas here.
What if I already have the book?
Using Play From Print you can read the book in print and then come to the SpoonRead app to answer the questions. This works on a chapter by chapter basis, so you can read one chapter of the book in print, come to the app to answer the questions, and then either continue in this fashion or switch at the chapter level to reading the online version of the book.
What is a Virtual Book Fair?
Rather than taking over your school library or cafeteria and organizing teams of volunteers to staff the event, a SpoonRead Virtual Book Fair lets you earn money for your school by running the entire book fair online. You’ll earn more money than through a traditional book fair by leveraging the SpoonRead App, email and all of the various tools you use to communicate with parents. We’ll work with you to sell a custom-curated selection of the most popular and best-loved titles. Then we’ll help you develop a communications strategy to drive your parents and other supporters to the online event over the course of a set period of time. The more your community buys, the more money you can earn for your school. Best of all, the books are then shipped directly to students homes – no money handling and no inventory to be responsible for. A Virtual Book Fair can be combined with other great fundraising events such as a SpoonRead-a-thon.
What is a SpoonRead-a-thon?
A SpoonRead-a-thon is a school fundraising event of a particular duration (frequently 15 or 30 days) where kids read as much as they possibly can and raise money for their school. Funds are raised in two ways. First, students use our proprietary software to ask friends and family to support their reading with a donation. Second, parents purchase special fundraiser versions of the books. These books sell for above the retail price, but 100% of the retail price of the book goes directly to school.
How much money can I raise?
That depends on how many kids you have and your level of participation. Some school raise as much as $65,000 per year.
That sounds great! How do I get started?
Reach out to us and we’d be happy to speak more about it with you. Please contact us here and we’ll set up a time to talk you through the entire process.