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The Best Way to Practice Language Arts at Home

Language arts practice isn’t just for the classroom. You can encourage your kids’ language arts development at home, too. Whether your goal is preventing summer slide or providing after-school enrichment, look for a language arts program with the following four characteristics.

1. Books, Books, and More Books

One of the most important features of any language arts program is its collection of books. From early childhood through high school, kids of every age need books tailored to their level. Diving into titles with informative text, engaging topics, and colorful illustrations can help grow your kids’ love of books and their reading comprehension.

2. Parent-friendly Tools

Even though you aren’t a classroom teacher, it’s great to have metrics about your kids’ reading and writing skills right at your fingertips. You need a language arts platform that measures your child’s Lexile score and lets you know how it changes over time. It’s even more helpful if the program includes self-grading quizzes and other assessments. 

3. All Kinds of Variety

Kids will come back to the language arts program again and again if there’s always something new to check out. The best platforms offer reading and writing enrichment through a wide range of activities. Some days, your kids may want to read a book from cover to cover. Other times, they may prefer to listen to audiobooks, write creative stories, practice their spelling skills, or memorize poems.

4. Digital Platform

Kids love technology, so meet them where they are by providing a tech-based language arts program. While children may drag their feet about putting pencil to paper outside of school hours, they may jump at the opportunity for extra screen time. Thanks to the educational boost that your kids get as they read, type, listen, respond, and explore, you’ll feel great about their screen time, too.

LightSail for Reading at Home gives your family the tools you need for comprehensive language arts development. Your kids will stay busy reading, writing, and learning, and you’ll appreciate how easy it is to check out what they’ve been up to online.

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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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