What if there were a better sight word solution for both parents AND teachers to help kids learn to read?

Hi. My name is Melissa; I am the CEO of Educasic.

I am also a mom. And as a mom, giving my kids the opportunity at the best education possible is extremely important. One of the simplest ways I know to do this is to support and reinforce what is being taught in their classroom and help them study at home.

For instance: My son Oliver came home from his first day of Kindergarten with a note from his teacher, Ms Rodgick, saying that sight words were being taught this year, and asking me, the parent, to buy a box of paper flashcards to study his sight words at home.

Sight words are all the simple and common words young kids need to memorize by sight to help them learn to read. This is important, so of course, I immediately went and purchased a box of paper flashcards!

And I kinda thought, flashcards? Really? It’s 2016 — but OK!

FLASH CARDS EVERYWHERE = MESS!

And while I am dealing with this mess, wishing this was something he and I could do together on my phone — digital — anything, I suddenly become VERY aware of what was really missing — his teacher (the expert) has zero connection with what we’re doing at home.

As a mom, I NEED his teacher to know what is happening at home!

Honestly, there is a real lack of parent — student — teacher connection with this old school system.

For teachers like Ms Rodgick it’s even worse. She manages 30+ families — what words get sent home, and what level, keeping student progress notes on paper. But she has no idea how a student is doing until she tests them in the class. And if they fail, it’s too late — that student is already behind their peers (reference this article we previously posted about how important reading is!).

So, what if there were a better managed sight word solution for BOTH parents and teachers to help their students learn sight words, tightening the triangle, leading kids to higher education through better reading ability?

Together with my co-founder Andy — We created Sights …

Sights replaces your paper flashcards with a more convenient tool that’s preferred by parents, kids, and teachers, providing extreme value for each member of the triangle.

Sights is the FIRST classroom-connected, digital sight word learning tool that kids and parents use together at home to study in conjunction with the child’s teacher. Teachers quickly and easily create their private classroom dashboard, and then tell their parents to download the Sights app onto their smartphone, connecting them back to the classroom. We have incorporated our own proprietary adaptive algorithm into BOTH the teacher dashboard and the parent/student facing app that shows history for each practice test taken, as well as words known and words the student is struggling with.

Teachers like Ms Rodgick helped us build the teacher dashboard, and have validated its importance to help their students excel in their reading abilities. Besides tracking each student’s at-home progress, teachers have the ability to create and modify the word lists, manage student levels, and share history directly from their dashboard with administrators when needed. This helps them catch early reading disabilities BEFORE it’s too late.

Parents love our mobile app because (besides the fact that it’s less expensive then flashcards and is WAY less of an unorganized mess) they no longer have to wonder how their child is doing with their sight words — they have access to all the data IE: what words they know, what words they need extra help with, what level they are on, etc…Parents can even set up practice reminders right from the settings in the app. Sights is ALWAYS current with the classroom lesson plan and gives real-time feedback directly to the child and the parent. As a parent, these are all very important pieces to ensure I am doing what I can to help my child succeed.

Educasic specializes in connected apps, like Sights, for teachers / students PK-2 grade. Our focus is supporting the 7.4M kindergarten and first grade students, plus millions of pre-schoolers entering school in the United States each year.

If you support the future of our kids, as I do, and as Ms Rodgick does, then please help us fill this connection gap. Refer a teacher today to sign up for their classroom, and let’s help our kids lead the future — one word at a time.

PS: Read this story to help kids across the world.

*Melissa Murphy

Do you teach sight words in your classroom? Check out www.getSights.com