How to Improve Your Kids Reading Skills (Cameroon & Africa)

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A vital challenge parents face amid Covid-19 is how to improve on their kids reading skills with the closure of schools. In this article, we will look

Improve Your Kids Reading Skills With Google's Read Along App

Across  Cameroon, Africa and the rest of the world, many kids are at home today due to Covid-19. A vital challenge parents face amid Covid-19 is how to improve on their kids reading skills with the closure of schools. In this article, we will look at a tool designed by Google to meet this challenge.
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to the closure of schools in Cameroon, Africa and the world at large, causing children to stay at home with their families.
So many parents have been in search of techniques to improve and grow the reading skills of their kids. Google took into consideration the status quo and created an app called Read Along.  This is an android app designed for kids 5+ years old. The app helps children read by giving verbal and visual feedback as they read stories out loud. Read Along was also created to help improve the literacy skills of children across 180 countries. 
The app was primarily launched in India in 2019. In India, Google called it "Bolo". Feedback from parents in India was fantastic, and for this reason, Google decided to extend its usage all over the world.

How Read Along Functions or Works

Read Along contains an in-app assistant called Diya. She helps kids to independently learn and build their reading skills. Diya can detect if a student is struggling or can successfully read a passage by using Google's Text-to-speech and recognition technology. 
Like teachers or parents who give feedbacks when educating a child; Diya follows up on the child's reading and gives positive or encouraging feedbacks to the child. To add, children can tap Diya to request for assistance in pronouncing a word or reading a sentence. 
Furthermore, Read Along contains a collection of different stories from all over the world. To keep kids engaged, some games are embedded in the stories. Also, to keep the kids motivated as they study, they are rewarded with stars and badges. 
Read Along allows parents to create profiles for several readers. The readers can easily tap into their photos to access their profile and study. This aids them to study at their pace as well as track their progress. As the kid uses the app, Read Along personalizes their experience by recommending the right difficulty level base on their reading experience.

Is Read Along Secured and How do you Connect?

The Developers of Read Along built the app taking into consideration children's safety and privacy. The app is made with no ads or in-app purchases. A great feature of the app is the fact that it works offline, without data or Wi-Fi. This helps curb the unsupervised access to the internet. After the first download of the app and stories, you can start using it. Parents can, from time to time, simply connect to Wi-Fi or data to download new stories. Parents can download and access the app by visiting the Playstore. 
See AlsoBible App for Kids.

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