The Red Apple Reading program is not only a labor of love to its creators, but the unified effort of a team of educational experts to make effective reading instruction available outside of the classroom. The mission of Red Apple Reading is to enhance the lives of children around the world by providing a fun and effective alternative to the traditional methods of teaching reading to children.
Tammy Bennecke founded this program after spending 13 years in the CA public school system. She realized that when it came to reading skills, too many children were "slipping through the cracks." Tammy knew that she couldn't sit idly by while so many kids were being short-changed. So she assembled a team of top experts and began crafting the perfect solution. She wanted something that would be easily accessible, based on top teaching techniques, and fun for the children who used it.
The result: Red Apple Reading! The entire program is designed for children ages 3-9 who are reading below a 3rd grade reading level, the essential years for learning how to read. Park Planet focuses primarily on Kindergarten and 1st grade reading skills, ages 5-7. Island Adventures has 1st thru 3rd grade foundational reading skills and is recommended for ages 6-9. They are both based on Common Core State Standards and can be accessed from any computer with Internet access. A circus level will complete the program and is designed for preschoolers - expected release summer 2014.
Besides Tammy’s guiding hand, our team also includes experienced classroom teachers, reading intervention teachers, a school psychologist, speech pathologist, skilled animators, highly trained web developers, and parents of school-age children. The outcome is a highly effective program based on the work of professionals who have spent decades in U.S. schools.
Tammy Bennecke is a mom and credentialed elementary school teacher with 13 years of experience in CA public schools, including 6 years of first grade teaching and several years of experience as a reading intervention teacher for grades 1-8. She started Red Apple Reading online software to provide explicit early reading instruction that is accessible to parents, in order to help more children learn how to read. You can read more about her journey in her blog post here:A Prologue to Red Apple Reading...