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Even busy families can boost reading time with LightSail

Every parent knows that scheduling conflicts happen!  Trying to fit in hobbies, assignments, and appointments is tough.  With so many distractions, it can be a challenge to squeak in any time to hone valuable literacy skills.  Yet, LightSail has easy ways to help you buy out valuable time to get your kids engaged.

Families – no matter their size – can use LightSail to offer unique and creative opportunities to bolster literacy skills.  Here a few ways you can add this platform into your family right now:

1. Setting reading goals

Whether they are struggling readers or not, many kids have a hard time getting motivated to pick up a book and start reading. However, LightSail’s innovative “reading goal” can incentivize that process as kids meet timed reading goals that you set for them. These goals can be set daily, weekly, or monthly, based on how much time you want your child to read.  LightSail records the time read and logs it for you, allowing you to focus on other matters, while still being certain that your child is comprehending their reading materials and turning pages.

2. Chat about it

Parents who like to stay involved with their child’s reading experiences will love the chat feature that LightSail has to offer.  This unique feature allows parents to check-in and ask questions or send a link to additional resources – perhaps a video that explains a major historical event or gives further detail on a scientific discovery.  Having this additional form of communication streamlines the time spent in reading and discussing materials.

The chat feature opens up a channel of communication that many children and teens will also find useful to communicate their concerns and questions.  Parents will also find the feature to be beneficial in making sure their children are focused on reading and making the best use of their time.

3. Safe student-led learning

LightSail offers a safe environment to allow your kids to leisurely explore a vast amount of educational resources.  Any time spent on LightSail will not be time wasted! 

Based on your standards or parenting style, LightSail will allow you to block or allow certain genres, specific books, faith-based items, or material that you deem inappropriate for your household. You no longer have to take the time to preview each and every piece that your child reads!  LightSail’s filters will save you time and do the work for you.  

If your child wants to read a book that is blocked, they can ask for your permission on the site.  You may then review that item and quickly approve or deny the material with one click.

4. Independent or guided study

LightSail also makes it easy to create assignments based on the latest book or article read, including writing assignments, memory work, or oral reports.  Whether you want to use LightSail’s premade questions or assignments, or create your own, your child will stay engaged in safe educational material. You may also direct your child to premade Unit Studies, where they will find resources to explore on a variety of topics.  You can then allow your child to explore that topic freely and even send them additional resources to consider.

There are endless ways to use LightSail to enrich your child’s reading and learning experience. These features not only save time, but enhance your child’s literacy experience, making reading and writing enjoyable and interactive. LightSail not only saves time but allows you to personalize and enrich each child’s learning experience in a way that no other literacy site can offer!

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Posted on 9.Sep.21 in Reading at Home Tips

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How do I know what books are right for my child?

LightSail takes the guesswork out of choosing books for your child by tailoring each child’s library to their precise reading level.

By honing in on a child’s precise Lexile reading score, LightSail can match them with books that are at that “just-right” level to promote optimal reading progress.

And because LightSail contains such a wide-ranging array of content, there is always a vast selection of books for any topic or interest.

What ages/grades is LightSail for?

LightSail’s Premium and Standard subscriptions are designed for children in grades 3 through 12 (ages 8-18).

We also have a World Book Kids subscription for grades 1 through 2 (ages 5-7) and a World Book Early Learners subscription for PreK through K (ages 2-5).

Is LightSail different from an Amazon Kindle or other e-readers?

Unlike static e-readers, LightSail doesn’t just offer children books.

Every book and article in LightSail contains 6 layers of added features that let your child experience books.

By adapting to a child’s precise reading ability, offering them content that is at that “just-right” reading level to promote literacy growth, and providing a fully customizable, rewarding reading experience, LightSail unlocks the magic of reading in ways no physical book or static e-reader can.

What types of parental control do I have over my child’s activity and content?

In short, complete control.

LightSail contains an entire suite of parental control features that govern every aspect of the platform from video viewing, to chats, to what content can be seen and accessed.

Additionally, LightSail’s revolutionary ChildSafe Content Controls lets parents screen and block content according to dozens of nuanced subcategories based on maturity factors, family values, and religious topics.

How can I make reading fun for my child?

LightSail incorporates gamification features into every aspect of the platform, especially reading!

By integrating badges, goals and milestones, social sharing options, motivational messages, and the ability for parents to add customizable gift rewards, LightSail incentivizes reading, writing, and learning just like kids’ favorite games.

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