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Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

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What comes with a Red Apple Reading membership?
All parent memberships include access to the online program for 3 children (they do not have to be related or live at the same residence), plus progress tracking and dashboard access, and additional free materials including workbooks, flash cards, reading tips, and more to enhance the learning experience. Complete Package or Lifetime members can access all available levels, currently Level B Park Planet and Level C Island Adventures, plus Level A (for Pre-K) when it releases in 2014.
What is the Refund and 30 Day Money Back Guarantee Policy?
Red Apple Reading wants you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase.  If you are having any issues with the program please contact Customer Support - we will work with you to get your issue resolved. If for whatever reason you still are not satisfied with the program, notify us in writing (email or snail mail) within 30 days of the purchase date, and we will be glad to issue a full refund via the credit or debit card used to make your initial purchase. PLEASE NOTE: this policy does not apply to discounted subscriptions purchased or obtained through other companies or websites. Click here for more information.
What is the Red Apple Reading Privacy Policy?
View the Red Apple Reading® privacy policy in its entirety at: http://www.redapplereading.com/content/privacy-policy. Red Apple Reading® is dedicated to establishing trusting relationships with its customers, based on respect for personal identity and security of information. All personal information is kept confidential and will not be used for outside marketing purposes. No personal information, or child's information, will be disclosed to any third parties. Your personal and billing information is secured using the industry-standard encryption protocol known as SSL (Secure Socket Layer).
Can I buy the program as a gift for someone else?
Yes. Simply enter their information on the Customer Registration page, using their email address and creating a temporary password for them (they can change it once logged in), then enter your own information on the Billing Information page. You can also register yourself and enter any child under your own account (the child does not have to be related or living at the same residence).
How can I get Financial Assistance for this program?
Our mission at Red Apple Reading is to help as many children as possible, and we are here to help you if you need it. Please email Customer Support at support@redapplereading.com, or from the Contact Us page, type "Financial Assistance Needed" for the subject, and provide us with your name, address, and email, and a brief description of your situation so that we may offer you an affordable solution. All requests are handled on a case-by-case basis.
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How do I redeem a voucher or product key I purchased on another website?
Customers who have purchased our program from another website CLICK HERE to visit the Redeem page, validate your 16-character product key, and activate your account. Once you are redeemed your code you'll be able to log in and set up child accounts to get started.
How do I get my child/students started after registering?
Log in with your username (email address) and password (from the registration process and Welcome email) at the top right of this website to access your Dashboard, where you can easily add and edit child users on your account. Child usernames must be different from all other child users in the system. Once your child has an account set up, he/she logs in with his/her username and password to access the online reading program. You may also want to view the User Guide, which helps new users get up and running quickly.
What if I forgot my username or password?
Your username is the email you registered your account with. If you forget your password, simply click on the “Forgot Username/Password?” link on the Login page. Enter the email address connected to your account, then click Continue and an email will be automatically sent with your username and password. Check your Spam/Junk folder if you don't see an email within 5 minutes. If you don't know or no longer have the email connected with your account, please contact Customer Support to have your account updated.
What if my child or student forgets his/her username or password or it needs changed?
Log in to your Dashboard with your username and password to view and edit child or student usernames and passwords. If you cannot log in or have forgotten your account information, click on the “Forgot Username/Password?” link on the Login page.  Enter the email address connected to your account, then click Continue and an email will be sent with your username and password. If you don't know or no longer have the email connected with your account, please contact Customer Support to have your account updated.
What if I don't receive my activation/welcome email?
Although most activation emails are sent almost immediately after registering and confirming your payment, please allow up to 12 hours for a Welcome email to appear in your mailbox. If you are purchasing on our website, an Order Confirmation email is sent within 5 minutes of registering. Check your Spam folder for the email, and add redapple@redapplereading.com to your email address book. PLEASE NOTE: A few users have had email providers that block our emails - if you do not receive an email please contact us. We recommend creating and/or using a different email address for your account  If you still do not receive an email, please contact Customer Support at support@redapplereading.com..
Where do I find the Practice Workbook and other FREE downloads to print?
Your bonus downloadable materials can all be found by clicking the Downloads button at the top right of your user Dashboard when you log in as the account holder. Be sure to check the "Red Apple News" section of your Dashboard for more links and current news.
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What are the system requirements to run Red Apple Reading on my computer?
Due to the online nature of the Red Apple Reading program, there are several factors that can affect a user’s experience. For best performance: 1) Run the program from a desktop or laptop computer. 2) Use a current version of either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browser to access the program when your child logs in. Internet Explorer can sometimes cause the program to not function properly, especially if it isn't updated. More info and free download links can be found on the System Requirements page. 2) A minimum internet download speed of 5mbps is recommended for the program to be fully functional. Quickly and easily test your download speed by visiting www.speedtest.net and clicking the "Begin Test" button on the screen. Further troubleshooting can be found in the User Guide.
 

Who do I contact if I need help getting the program working on my computer?
If you have any problems accessing your account or using the program, contact Customer Support at support@redapplereading.com (responses within 24 hours). Please check the User Guide and verify that the System Requirements are met before emailing if possible.
Which Internet browser is best to use for Red Apple Reading?
An updated version of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome (both free - follow links to download) are the recommended browsers for the Red Apple Reading program. Using Internet Explorer can sometimes cause the activities to not load properly. Please check the System Requirements page for your browser information, and read page 10 of the User Guide for more technical support.
Can Red Apple Reading be used on a tablet or iPad?
At this time the online program can only be properly accessed from a PC or Mac laptop or computer. Current app releases and more can be found on the Apps page of the website
What if the lesson video plays, but the activities don't (the program hangs or freezes on the balloon loading game)?
This is usually due to either using Internet Explorer or having an older version of Flash installed. Please visit the System Requirements page to verify your system settings and download Adobe Flash Player or Shockwave Player if needed. If you continue having problems please install and run Red Apple Reading from a different, newly installed browser - we recommend Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. You may also need to check your Internet security settings and see that cookies are allowed. The program will not work properly if cookies aren't enabled - it is how a child's progress is tracked. To find out how to check the cookie settings in your browser, click here. For more information please read the first pages of the User Guide. If you need further help, contact Customer Support.
What if the lessons freeze, don't load, or don't appear to play properly?
First check the System Requirements page to see that you have an updated web browser and your security settings allow cookies. If you are using Internet Explorer please make sure it is updated, or switch to a new version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. To find out how to check the cookie settings in your browser, click hereIf you continue having problems please install and run Red Apple Reading from a different, newly installed browser. Since the Red Apple Reading program is entirely online, and many of the Flash files in the program are large, it is recommended that you have only one browser and tab open when your child is using the Red Apple Reading software. Be sure to close other open tabs and close any unnecessary programs running on your computer if you are still noticing problems. In rare instances your firewall settings may also need to be adjusted. For more information please read the first pages of the User Guide. If you need further help, please contact Customer Support.
How do I download and run the bonus video packages on the Downloads page?
At this time the 3 bonus video download packages will only install on a PC computer or laptop (sorry Apple users!). You must have Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer for the video packages to play after installing.
I clicked on "Download as PDF" for a report in my Dashboard and nothing happened. What do I do?
Since a large amount of new real-time data for your custom report is being processed and converted to PDF on our server, it may take up to a minute or two to load. Please give it time to compute and convert, especially if this is an Educator Class Report. If you still cannot get the report to download, please contact Customer Support.
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How can I check my child's progress as a Parent?
Log in on our website as the account holder (with your email and password), and on your Dashboard you have access to both a quick overview and a more detailed progress report for each child who is on your account. You can also edit your account holder information and choose to sign up for automatic email updates, which emails you a progress report update either weekly or after your child finishes a lesson or unit (you choose).
How do I add another child to my Parent account?
All parent memberships allow up to 3 child accounts to be added. If you decide to add another child to your account after the initial registration process, simply log in to your Dashboard and click the "Add Child" button, then enter the child's information. A child's username must be different from all other child usernames in our database. If you want to add more than 3 children to your account or encounter any problems adding a child, please contact Customer Support.
What can I do to help my child?
Provide the time and a distraction-free place for your child to use the Red Apple Reading program, keep track of and reward progress in the program, and download support materials from your user Dashboard to provide additional practice outside of the lessons.
My child isn't in school yet. Can my child use Red Apple Reading?
Yes! Many young children not yet in school are using Red Apple Reading for accelerated learning of the reading process. A younger child may need more assistance with the software in the beginning, until they become familiar with the format of the program.
How do I know if my child is ready for Red Apple Reading?
If your child knows some or most of the letters of the alphabet, knows that letters stand for the sounds we hear in words, and is starting to put together sounds to make words, then he or she is probably ready for Level B of Red Apple Reading.
My child is struggling in school. Can Red Apple Reading help?
Yes! Red Apple Reading was initially designed with the struggling reader in mind. Many students have gaps in their learning of critical early reading skills. Red Apple Reading can help fill in those gaps, making a more successful and confident reader. Level B will work well with children mastering beginning phonics skills and basic sight words. Level C (coming out soon) will help older children still struggling with more advanced phonics elements, as well as vocabulary, sight words, and basic reading comprehension skills.
What is phonics?
Phonics is the relationship between a letter and its sound. For example, the letter "d" makes the /d/ sound when spoken out loud. Phonics gives beginning readers the strategies they need to sound out words, so their reading can become automatic. In the first level of Red Apple Reading there are 30 different phonics lessons. Find out more by watching this video on Phonics.
What is phonemic awareness?
Phonemic awareness is the ability to identify and manipulate phonemes, or letter sounds. For example, understanding that the word "bat" contains the phonemes /b/, /a/, /t/, and that if you switched out the /b/ and inserted a /c/, the word would then become "cat." Phonemic awareness is incorporated throughout the lessons and activities in Red Apple Reading. Find out more by watching this video on Phonemic Awareness.
What are sight words?
Sight words, also called high frequency words, are the words that appear with the highest frequency in written text. Some sight words, such as "at" and "an," are phonetically regular and can be sounded out by beginning readers. Many of them, however, are not (for example "about" and "could") and must therefore by recognized as whole words. Even if a sight word is phonetically regular, since it appears with such frequency in text it is better for the word to be read automatically. In the first level of Red Apple Reading there are 20 sight word lessons, teaching 100 sight words.
What are word families?
Word families, also known as phonograms, rimes, or chunks, are groups of words that share the same common base. For example, the -at word family includes the words cat, bat, sat, chat, mat, rat, that, splat, etc. Readers can use their knowledge of word families to sound out words they don't know. Many of the phonics lessons in Red Apple Reading include the use of common word families.
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How can I check student progress with an Educator account?
Log in on our website as the account holder, and on your Dashboard you have access to: 1) a class overview, 2) a more detailed class report, and 3) a detailed student progress report for each student on your account. You can also edit your account holder information and choose to sign up for automatic weekly email updates, which emails you complete class and student progress reports.
How do I add more students to my Educator account?
Log in from the home page to your Dashboard, click the red button at the top that says "Add/Remove Student," enter each student's information and click Submit...it's that easy! 
What if I need to reset a student account so they can start the program over?
You must remove the student on your Dashboard by clicking on the "Add/Remove Student" button and checking the student to remove, thereby deleting their current account, and then enter them as a new student. You may have to also assign a new username.
Will Red Apple Reading be compatible with our school curriculum?
Red Apple Reading's design was based on the foundational reading skills found in the Common Core State Standards. We make no claim to compatibility with any school curriculum. Red Apple Reading is a supplementary program with systematic phonics and sight word instruction.
Can my school or district purchase Red Apple Reading?
While we do not market specifically to schools or school districts, we do accept checks from schools for payment. Please contact Customer Support for more information and volume pricing.
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Can my membership be used on more than one computer?
Yes! That's the beauty of online software! Your Red Apple account (and your child's program) can be accessed from any Internet connected computer with the necessary system requirements by logging in on our website.
How soon can my child use the program after I order?
Once you submit your order with payment, you will receive a confirmation email with your login information. You can then log in to the website (from the top right corner of our website) and set up your child’s account. Your child can then log in at the same place and get started right away!
Why does my child have to start back at the beginning of a lesson after exiting?
Red Apple Reading lessons are designed so a child watches a short instructional video first, then practices with activities, and finally ends with a reveiw and quiz. The total time in a lesson should be about 15 to 25 minutes. If a student leaves a lesson, he/she can now push the Skip button at the top right of the video to go immediately to the lesson activities. Future levels will allow a student to start back at the activity left in the previous session.
Why do you need my child's date of birth?
We use your child's date of birth for two reasons: 1) as a method of verification in the case of direct contact with Red Apple Reading if the account holder is requesting a change on a child account, and 2) as a way of tracking the ages of children using the Red Apple Reading program, for internal research and analytics only.
What is the difference between Parent and Educator memberships?
Parent and Educator memberships both offer the same educational software. A Parent membership gives the option of having progress reports emailed at regular intervals. The Educator membership is better designed for looking at information for multiple students, and there is an option to print a class report, as well as the detailed individual progress reports. Educator memberships must also be renewed every year.
When does my membership expire?
Parent memberships are set for a "Lifetime", or in our database 1000 months (roughly 83 years). Educator accounts are good for 12 months from the date registered, unless renewed. You can view your membership period on your Dashboard when logged in. 
Can more than one child share an account?
You can have more than one child on your customer account, but each child must have their own account in order to get their own username and password. The progress a child has made in the program stays linked to their account and cannot be reset. Red Apple Reading allows up to 8 children to be signed up on a parent account. If you Delete a child from your account, ALL data from the child's program will be lost! Contact Customer Support if you would like to add additional children added to your account.
How do I reset my or my child's/student's password?
You can reset your child's/student's password (and your own) from the Dashboard of your user account. Log in with your customer email and password, then either edit your own password in the Account Holder Information, or go to Student Information and edit your child's password (Educators click on a Student name and then edit).
How can I update my email address and/or account information?
You can change the email address associated with your account from the Dashboard of your user account when you are logged in. Log in with your original email and password, then click the EDIT button to edit your account holder information. Contact us if you are unable to access your account.
What makes Red Apple Reading different from other programs?
Red Apple Reading offers a wholesome environment for your child to learn reading skills. The program uses the most current research available on instructional approaches, techniques, and how children effectively learn, and combines it with a program designed to offer systematic instruction and practice of the Common Core State Standards in foundational reading skills. Children must demonstrate mastery in order to progress through the lessons, and you are provided reports on your child's progress and success.
Who developed Red Apple Reading?
Red Apple Reading was developed by an experienced team of educators, specialists, animators, web developers, and parents. It's focus is on providing explicit instruction of foundational reading skills using effective and successful teaching strategies. See our About Us page for more information.
What skills does the Red Apple Reading program teach?
Level B of Red Apple Reading teaches the following: 1) letter names and sounds (review only), 2) short vowels, 3) blending and segmenting words, 4) short vowel word families, 5) digraphs th, sh, and ch, 6) beginning and ending consonant blends, 7) introduction to long vowels, and 9) Fry's first 100 sight words.
Do any materials come with my membership, other than access to the program?
Yes! In addition to using the software and accessing reports, a Lifetime membership includes free downloads including a companion Practice Workbook, Flash Cards, Reading Games, and Bonus Guides. All of these Free Downloads are accessible by clicking the Downloads button at the top right of your user Dashboard, when logged in as the account holder.
What age is Red Apple Reading designed for?
The entire software program that will be Red Apple Reading is designed for children ages 4-8 who are reading below a 3rd grade reading level. Specifically, the first level (available currently) is designed for 5- to 7-year-olds learning basic Kindergarten and 1st grade reading skills. Future levels coming out soon will teach pre-reading skills (Pre-Kindergarten), and more advanced skills (2nd- 3rd grade foundational skills).
Can Red Apple Reading be used by children with learning disabilities?
The Red Apple Reading program was not designed to help children with learning disabilities, but we have heard from users that it has been effective in providing supplemental instruction and practice for children with learning disabilities. Please try our Sample Lessons and watch our program videos to help determine if our product is right for your young learner.
Can Red Apple Reading be helpful for English Learners?
The software was created utilizing specific strategies recommended for teaching students who are developing English as a Second Language. The lessons use explicit instruction for direct teaching of concepts. Lessons and support materials provide vocabulary and language development, words in context, and a variety of visual aids and pictures to help all students, including English learners, readily access the program.
Can lessons be repeated?
Yes! Children must demonstrate 80% mastery of a lesson in order to continue to the next. All lessons that have already been mastered remain "unlocked" for the user to return to and revisit as much as they would like. Parents and teachers can unlock a child's account so that children can start further into the program if needed.
How long is each lesson?
Lessons are designed to last approximately 15-20 minutes each, however, the time it takes any one child to complete can vary several minutes either way. The instructional video lasts about 2 minutes, then there are 2 or 3 activities for practice, and finally there is a review and quiz to assess mastery of the lesson.
Do I need to help my child with every lesson?
The program has an easy-to-use format that most children figure out quickly. The software is NOT designed to require you to help with lessons; ideally the child will be using the program without help. However, you may want to monitor their first use to see that they understand the format and how to navigate through the program. The supplementary materials are designed for you to use with your child.
How often should my child/student use the program?
The program is designed to be used as an intervention or supplement to regular learning, with an ideal pacing of 20-30 minutes daily (1-2 lessons) for three to five days a week.
How much time does the entire program take to finish?
If the recommended pacing of 2 lessons, 5 days a week is followed, a child can complete the 50 lessons in Level B (plus 10 unit reviews) in six to eight weeks.
What are Red Apple Points and how are they used?
Red Apple Points are reward points earned by the child user when playing the practice activities in the Lessons. They accumulate throughout a Unit (5 Lessons plus Review= 1 Unit), and then are used for a final reward game at the end of each Unit called Ant Invaders.
Why is there a reward game at the end of every unit?
The reward game, Ant Invaders, is a method of positive reinforcement for children when playing the activities. It is a strategy defense game where the object is to stop ants from getting snacks by placing different traps along the path. The Red Apple Points they earned in the activities throughout the unit are used to purchase the traps, so the better a child does in the activities, the more points a child has, and the more traps the child can buy to increase his/her chances of eliminating all of the ants. The game is only available to play once in a unit, immediately after each unit review.
Are there more lessons available?
At this time only the 76 lessons in Level B are available. Currently under development are two more levels to round out the Red Apple Reading program. One level will teach pre-kindergarten skills, to include: letter names and sounds, phonemic awareness (rhyming, syllables), sequencing, memory, vocabulary, and concepts of print. The other level (Level C - releases Fall 2013) will pick up where the current Level B leaves off, with 2nd and 3rd grade skills in 75 lessons including: long vowel combinations, r controlled vowels, silent letters, prefixes and suffixes , multisyllabic words, 200 more sight words, vocabulary concepts, and basic reading comprehension skills. 
Where should my child begin in the program?
Children who still need to learn some of their letter sounds should begin at the ABC Tree. The videos and games in this section can be accessed at any time from the main signpost for a review of letters and their sounds. Once your child knows most of the letters of the alphabet, and is starting to put together sounds to make words, then he or she is ready to start the Lessons in Level B of Red Apple Reading.