Storia: Our New Favorite App!

Nathan shows off his new favorite app. . .Storia!

We have a new favorite app in our house! I discovered Storia by Scholastic to assist Nathan with his reading fluency and comprehension. Storia can be downloaded to your PC, iPad, iPod,etc. Thousands of eBooks can be downloaded for $3 – $5 each. Storia allows you to set up personalized “bookshelves” or set up your “shelves” by reading level for use in the classroom. This app also has learning games, a dictionary, read-to-me books, parent tools, and note taking abilities.

I have at least 50 educational apps on my iPad. This is hands down the best eBook app for kids I have found. You can download anything from picture books to the most popular new series for teens (The Hunger Games). Nathan and I hope you check out Storia and enjoy it as much as we have.

Happy Reading!

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Thank you, Mommy!

My youngest son has struggled with reading difficulties since he began his educational journey. He loves to learn, but is well below his grade level in reading. He has been blessed with a loving reading coach who loves and encourages him. He suffers through having a mommy who is an educator (not always fun). He keeps on smiling through it all.

At the end of his third grade year we decided it was time for a big step. He had displayed signs of dyslexia so we set him up for testing. My son is dyslexic.

This did not discourage him. This diagnosis is the answer we have been seeking. We can now devise a personal education plan for my sweet boy.

I am sharing this because I know there are many students just like my Nathan. They are bright, creative souls who struggle to read, spell, and write the simplest of words. It is frustrating. Dyslexic individuals “see” the world differently. They have a weakness that can become a great strength. When he was in first grade he drew a picture of him teaching with the caption “I want to be a teacher and teach people to read.”

That reminds me of Patricia Polacco. If you have not read her books then you are missing out on quite a treasure. My favorite is Thank you, Mr. Falker.

It is the story of one very special teacher who helped a little girl overcome Dyslexia and succeed beyond her wildest dreams. I once thought, “That’s the kind of teacher I want to be.” It still is, but now it is personal. Now I can say, “That’s the kind of mommy I want to be!” I hope one day my Nathan looks back on this journey and says, “Thank you, mommy!”

For more about Patricia Polacco:

http://www.patriciapolacco.com/