Spark Reading for Kids

LQ: 9.25


Brain grade: 9.3
Fun score: 9.2

Platform/Console: , LWK Recommended Age: 6+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:


Spark Reading for Kids is an app designed to promote reading skills and STEM Literacy in children ages six to sixteen. When opening the app, the user will be asked what grade they are in. Afterwards, they will be asked to select three topics from a list that best interest them. The list covers topics such as Animals, Sports, Science, and Fiction. After the topics have been selected, the app will present three random articles for the child to choose from. By reading this article they will get a guided tour through the app. 

After this, the child can begin to select their own articles from the lists based on their interests. After reading the article, the child answers 10-18 comprehension questions and then receives their score. The results of the quiz can be emailed to a parent or teacher for verification. For readers who need auditory accommodations, the app will also read the article aloud. 

The child can also click on the trophy icon at any time to see the progress they have made with their reading comprehension. 

Spark Reading for Kids is a subscription-based app but multiple children can have profiles on the same account. The app also offers a three day trial period. It is currently available on iOS.

Spark Reading for Kids helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Focus: Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

The articles in Spark Reading for Kids can help build concentration skills in children who struggle with focusing. Because the article topics are high interest and grade level appropriate, the child is more likely to have a vested interest in completing the reading and taking the comprehension quiz. The articles are also short and offer an audio component, meaning that children who struggle with staying on task can practice by engaging with interesting topics without needing to start with whole articles or books. 

Flexibility: Trying something new. 

There is a great variety of articles available on Spark Reading for Kids. This ensures that children can practice flexibility skills by reading about several different topics. Children can read an article about the history of video games and then move on to learning about sea otters or Greta Thunberg or even short fiction. This wide variety of options help children to spread their interests out over a variety of topics instead of focusing on only one area of interest. 

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