Reviewed by Alison
Ruckus Reader by Ruckus Media is a recently released app aimed at beginning readers aged 4 – 7 years old which provides many of the Rucks Media stories we know and love as well as new content about specific topics such as Dino Dan, Sea World and Crayola all of which have bookshelves of books for your child to read. Each book is slightly different and some of the books include activities like word games, catching objects, making your own story while others in the Rabbit Ears collection feature videos of the actual story. One subscription covers all of the content within each of the app categories which appear on virtual bookshelves within the app. I think the differentiator for this app is that it tracks what your child is reading, how long they are spending reading and interacting with the book as well as the titles of the different books they are reading. The app really encouraged me to read with my son because it helped me pick the right books for him based on his reading level. As children get older the app features books which meet their skill set as well with additional vocabulary words and age/literacy appropriate activities.
I really liked the content included in the app and the ability to switch among each of the different series. It also was nice that in the Rabbit Ears collection the apps included video’s of the app being acted out. We also enjoyed working on the various activities and games which helped to understand and engage with the content in the story. This app helps practice sequencing, word comprehension, word recognition, finding objects, pictures, imaginary play skills and more. The weekly email also provided me with feedback that my son was interacting with the app when I didn’t even realize it looking at some of his favorite titles including one about Sea World. The email also provides suggestions for new books and tips for continuing to read with your child. We incorporate reading into our daily routine both on a print and digital basis and I really liked to coordinate the two together.
One downside of the app is that books in the Ruckus Premium section which include one of my favorites Curious George are not included in the subscription and require purchase at an additional cost. I would have liked to put all the content in my favorite reader so that if I wanted a book not in my current reader the app didn’t have to switch over or I didn’t have to download another reader interface.
Ruckus Reader meets national education standards for children in preschool through second grade and helps you as a parent understand what titles your child is looking at and how they are interacting with the book. By engaging with the book and doing activities, I saw that my son had increased comprehension of the stories, understanding and ability to tell me the story based on pictures as well as being able to pick out specific letters in the text of the stories.
Category: Kid’s Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Cost: $FREE with IAP for content. Introductory 6 month subscription $24.99 US (111 MB)
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