Learn to read with Rivet

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I found the Rivet app at the perfect time. I have an emergent reader in my home. Our family was in the middle of a cross-country move. Our entire home library was packed away, and I had no access to all the easy readers I had saved for our youngest. 

We are a family that loves reading. We purchase books, we use Kindles, we are frequent patrons of our library and often come home with armfuls of books. If you have an emergent reader, you know the volume of books consumed. So, being in a position with little access to books at this point in time felt like a big problem. I was depending on libraries when COVID-19 struck the United States and all of them closed.

Thus, I discovered the free Rivet app out of necessity. As an elementary teacher, I’m picky about easy readers and frequently find that even leveled readers aren’t written for those who are just learning or are inaccurately labeled. It’s safe to say I was more than skeptical when I first downloaded the Rivet app, but I have quickly found it to be a great tool. 

Rivet is easily navigated. I chose a reading level for my child and then we were ready to begin. I was even able to use a feature to track progress. Early readers often need an abundance of books to keep them interested, and Rivet provides a wide selection. 

In fact, this app even has a large amount of non-fiction choices, which I appreciated. It’s hard to find non-fiction books for early readers with very few words per page, but Rivet fills that need. I love to expose my readers to both nonfiction and fiction books early in their reading journey. That way, they know reading is useful for multiple purposes, like for enjoyment, to gain more knowledge, or to answer questions. In one app, Rivet provides several genres that keep emerging readers intrigued and excited.

Other aspects that make this app useful are plentiful. The level of difficulty in each book correlates with words per page and vocabulary used. The app implements high-frequency words and incorporates new vocabulary steadily so that new readers don’t easily become frustrated. It’s easy to track where you are on the page because the app will highlight the word you are reading. Rivet also provides discussion questions for the text, which is a great feature because it not only allowed my reader to test their comprehension, but it also allowed for my child and I to spend time connecting over the book. 

Reading should be enjoyable. While learning to read is difficult, the Rivet app allows for enjoyment and connection for teacher and reader, which makes the process much more fun. I would recommend Rivet for those needing an extensive book selection when your access to libraries is limited.

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