Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
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What skills are covered in the Red Apple Reading program?
Red Apple Reading teaches fundamental reading skills taught in PreK to 3rd Grades, including letter names and sounds, phonological awareness, word families, high frequency words, beginning and advanced phonics, picture and word vocabulary, comprehension, and print concepts. Click here for a detailed skills list for each level and lesson.
What comes with a Red Apple Reading family account?
Family memberships (purchased on the Pricing page) include access to the entire online reading program for 3 children (up to 5 additional children can be added for a small fee), plus progress tracking, a dashboard for account management, free app access, and free downloadable resources including workbooks, flash cards, and reading tips to enhance the learning experience.
What is a Red Apple Reading educator account?
Educators can purchase annual access to the online program for students here. Educator accounts include full online access for 10 children (up to 40 more students can be added for $5 each), plus class/student progress tracking, a dashboard for account management, free app access, and free downloadable resources including workbooks, flash cards, and reading tips. Annual renewals may be purchased in the account dashboard for a discounted rate. Contact us for financial assistance and volume discounts for multiple teachers or schools.
What is the Refund and Cancellation Policy?
Monthly recurring payment members can cancel at any time from 1) a link on the Account Profile page of the account dashboard when logged in, or 2) by contacting us. Cancellations are processed in 24-48 hours and no future payments will be billed. If you are having any issues with the program please contact us - we will happily and quickly help get your issue resolved. If for whatever reason you still are not satisfied with the program, contact us within 30 days of purchasing on our website, and we will issue a full refund via the credit or debit card used to make your purchase. PLEASE NOTE: This policy does not apply to discounted memberships purchased or obtained through other companies or websites (e.g. Groupon). Click here for more information.
Is there a way to try out the program before I buy?
Yes, you can sign up for a 7 day free trial here with no payment information required. It allows one child user so you can try out the program. If you decide to buy you can click the Billing link in the account dashboard and choose a plan.
Can I buy the program as a gift for someone else?
Yes. During the checkout process, enter their name and email as the Account Holder and create a temporary password you can share with them (they can change it once logged in), then enter your own Billing information for payment. You can also register yourself as the Account Holder and enter the child users on your own account (the child does not have to be related or living at the same residence).
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 contact us and we will share our best online offers with you.
How do I redeem a voucher or product key purchased on another website?
Customers who have purchased a Red Apple Reading membership from another website CLICK HERE to visit the Redeem page, validate your 16-character product key, and open an account. Once registration is complete, log in and set up child users to get started. If having issues with redemption, please contact us and send the code for validation so we can help get you set up quickly.
How do I get my child/students started after registering?
Log in with the account username (email address) and password (from the registration process) using the Account Login link at the top of this website to access your dashboard, where you can add and edit child users on the account. Child usernames must be different from all other child users in the system (do NOT use an email address for a child username). Once a child account is set up, the child logs in with his/her username and password from the Child Login link to access the online reading program. Please also view the User Guide for more information about set up, troubleshooting, and navigation within the program.
How do I choose the correct level for my child?
Due to the diversity of reading skills in young children, the account holder and child must determine where to begin in the reading program at this time. Children still learning letter names and sounds are best to start in Level A - Carnival Fun. Once children know most letters and sounds, and are starting to put together sounds to make words, they are ready to begin the numbered lessons in Level B - Park Planet. Children who know the basics but need more advanced phonics skills, sight words, vocabulary and reading comprehension will want to begin with Level C - Island Adventures. View the Lesson Details for proper placement in Levels B or C - the beginning lessons may be too easy. Page 9 of the User Guide explains how to Unlock Lessons and move a child forward in a level.
What if I forgot my username or password?
Your username is the email you registered your account with. If you forget your password, click the “Forgot Password?” link on the Account 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 to reset after logging in. Check your Spam/Junk folder if you don't see an email within a few minutes. If you don't know or no longer have the email connected with your account, please contact us to have your account updated. You may have to provide additional information to verify the account.
What if my child or student forgets his/her username or password or it needs changed?
Log in to your account dashboard to view and edit child/student usernames and passwords. If you cannot log in or have forgotten your account information, click the “Forgot Password?” link on the Account Login page. Enter the email address connected to your account, then click Continue and an email will be sent with your username and password to reset after logging in. If you don't know or no longer have the email connected with your account, please contact us to have your account updated.
What if I don't receive my Welcome email?
Although Welcome emails are sent almost immediately after registering and confirming payment or redemption code, please allow up to 12 hours for a Welcome email to appear in your mailbox. If purchasing on our website, an Order Confirmation email is sent within 5 minutes of registering. Check your Spam folder for the email, and add email@example.com as a contact or safe sender in your email account. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not receive an email please contact us - sometimes an incorrect email address is given and the account may be put on hold until we hear from you.
Where do I find the Practice Workbook and other FREE downloads to print?
Your free downloadable content can be found on the Resources tab in your account dashboard. This includes the User Guide, Lesson Details, a workbook for each level, flash cards, mini storybooks, and more. If you have any issues accessing these PDF files please contact us.
How do I download apps for my tablet or other mobile device?
Members can choose to access program content through one of six apps available in iTunes and Google Play. Links to the free apps can be found on the Home page of the account dashboard and in the User Guide. Member apps must be activated with an active account email and password for full content access. The Google Play apps do not work on Kindle Fire tablets at this time. App progress does not sync to the online account or to other apps at this time. App progress can be viewed in the app itself in the Settings.
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. If trying to access from a mobile device, please log into the Dashboard and download one of the included member apps. For best performance online: 1) Run the program from a desktop or laptop computer. 2) Use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browsers to access the program when your child logs in. More info and free download links can be found on the System Requirements page. 3) 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?
Which Internet browser is best to use for Red Apple Reading?
Can Red Apple Reading be used on a tablet or iPad?
For use on mobile devices, please install one of our included member apps in iTunes or Google Play (links are on the Dashboard of your account and in the User Guide). The online reading program can only be accessed from a PC or Mac laptop or computer. Member apps must be activated with an active account email and password for full content access. The Google Play apps do not work on Kindle Fire tablets at this time. App progress does not sync to the online account or to other apps at this time. App progress can be viewed in the app itself in the Settings.
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 an older version of web browser. 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 here. If 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 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.
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.
Where should my child begin in the program?
Children still learning letters and sounds are best to start in Level A - Carnival Fun. Once a child knows most alphabet letters and sounds, and is starting to put together sounds to make words, then s/he is ready to begin the numbered lessons in Level B - Park Planet. Children who know the basics but need more advanced phonics skills, sight words, vocabulary and reading comprehension will want to begin with Level C - Island Adventures. Be sure to check Lesson Details for proper placement in Levels B or C - the beginning lessons may be too easy. Page 9 of the User Guide explains how to Unlock Lessons and move your child forward in a level.
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 from the Progress tab on the left. You can also edit your Profile 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?
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 at the top, then enter the child's information. You can purchase extra accounts for an additional charge from your parent dashboard. If you want to add more children to your account, go to the Profile tab and click the Add Child/Accounts button.
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 Park Planet - 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. Park Planet - Level B works well with children mastering beginning phonics skills and basic sight words. Island Adventures - Level C helps 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.
How do I check student progress in my Educator/School account?
Educators can log in to the account dashboard to access: 1) a detailed class report from link on home page, 2) a quick class overview at the bottom of the home page, 3) a student username/password list from link on home page, and 4) detailed student progress in each online level from the Progress tab on the left. School administrators can log in to their dashboard to access reports on license usage, as well as current student progress and use for each classroom/teacher.
How do I add more students to my Educator/School account?
Educators with a single teacher account can log in to their account dashboard and click the Students tab at left, then Add Student. If there are no remaining authorized student accounts, there is an option to purchase more (up to 50 total on one educator account). Existing students on the account can also be deleted and replaced with new users. School accounts have purchased a set number of student licenses that can be assigned to any number of teachers. To add more student licenses to a school account, please have the school account administrator contact us.
What if I need to reset a student account so they can start the program over?
Log in to the account dashboard and click the Students tab, find and click on the student name, and click the Delete Child button. This will delete all previous child data and allow the child to be re-entered as a new student. A new username may need to be assigned.
Will Red Apple Reading be compatible with our school curriculum?
Yes! Red Apple Reading is a research-based program aligned to the foundational reading skills found in the Common Core State Standards for grades K to 3. This program is a fun and effective complement to any school's primary reading curriculum and focuses on getting children reading proficiently by third grade with a focus on phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, and word recognition.
Can my school or district purchase Red Apple Reading?
Yes! Red Apple Reading offers school and disctrict licensing with competitive pricing. Please contact us for more information, a custom quote, or to schedule a phone call.
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?
As soon as you receive confirmation of your purchase, you can log in with the email and password you used at signup to access your Dashboard and add a child account. You will also receive a confirmation email with your login information. Once you have a child account created, your child can log in at the same place and get started right away!
Does my child have to start back at the beginning of a lesson after exiting?
A child can go back to the beginning of whatever activity was last exited. After navigating to the current lesson, the video can be skipped by clicking the SKIP button, then the activity buttons in the sidebar can be clicked to take your child back to the activity that he/she played at the last login. Red Apple Reading lessons are designed so a child watches a short instructional video first, then practices with activities, and finally ends with a review and quiz. The total time in a lesson is anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes.
Why do you need my child's grade level?
We no longer require a child's date of birth or gender in the program. We ask for the grade level to help track the ages of children using the Red Apple Reading program, for internal research and analytics only. The program does NOT place children into a level with this information.
What is the difference between Family and Educator memberships?
Family and Educator memberships both offer the same educational software. A Family membership gives the option of having progress reports emailed at regular intervals. Family memberships are also limited to a max of 8 children on an account. 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 be renewed every year and can have up to 50 children on one account.
When does my membership expire?
You can access the program as long as your membership is active. Educator accounts are good for 12 months from the date registered and can be renewed each year. Educator accounts will be deleted if expired and inactive. You can view your membership period on the Account Profile page of your Dashboard when logged in.
How do I cancel my membership?
There is a cancellation link on the Account Profile page of the Dashboard for monthly and recurring members. Cancellations are processed within 24-48 hours. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org and request cancellation. NOTE: Unsubscribing from Red Apple Reading emails does NOT cancel the account or membership.
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 on the Profile page, or go to Child Accounts and edit a child's password.
How can I update my email address and/or account information?
You can change the email address associated with your account from the Profile page of your Dashboard when you are logged in. Log in with your original email and password, go to the Profile page, update the information, then click Submit at the bottom. 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 ad-free 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?
Park Planet teaches: 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. Island Adventures teaches: 1) advanced phonics skills including long vowel combinations, silent letters, and r-controlled vowels, 2) 200 more sight words, 3) vocabulary, and 4) several reading comprehension skills.
Do any materials come with my membership, other than access to the program?
Yes! In addition to using the software and accessing reports, all memberships include free resources including a companion Practice Workbook, Flash Cards, Reading Games, and Bonus Guides. All of these Free Downloads are accessible by clicking the Resources tab on the left side your user Dashboard.
What age is Red Apple Reading designed for?
The entire software program that will be Red Apple Reading is designed for children ages 3-9 who are reading below a 3rd grade reading level. Specifically, Park Planet is designed for 4- to 7-year-olds learning basic Kindergarten and 1st grade reading skills. Island Adventures is recommended for ages 6-9 learning 2nd- 3rd grade foundational skills. Carnival Fun (coming soon) is a preschool level recommended for pre-readers ages 3-5.
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 access the Free Trial 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 non-educational reward game at the end of each Unit.
Why is there a reward game at the end of every unit?
The reward game is a method of positive reinforcement for children when playing the activities. The Red Apple Points earned in the activities throughout the unit are used, so the better a child does in the activities, the more points a child has, the better the game play. The game is only available to play once in a unit, immediately after each unit review.
Are there more lessons available?
At this time Park Planet (ages 4-7) has 76 lessons, Island Adventures (ages 6-9) has 75 lessons, and the preschool level (coming soon!) has a more open-ended format and will teach: letter names and sounds, phonemic awareness (rhyming, syllables), sequencing, memory, vocabulary, and concepts of print.