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Column: Worthington Reads! Free digital program offered

District 518 Community Education has an exciting opportunity to share with the community. The Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) programs have partnered with myON to offer a free digital reading program for 3-...

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District 518 Community Education has an exciting opportunity to share with the community.  The Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) programs have partnered with myON to offer a free digital reading program for 3-year-olds to adults. myON is a digital library with access to over 10,00 books.
Children and adults can access books of their interests and appropriate reading levels. This provides opportunities to grow as readers and learners. All digital books are complete with optional reading supports - highlighting and audio-and dictionary to help increase reading achievement.  myON provides English, Spanish and bilingual books.  
myON is available on any internet-enabled device.  
Log on to: www.myon.com and click log in to enter the following information:
School name: Worthington READS
Username: read
Password: read
Using the log on information above, search for books by title, genre or grade level. Once a book is selected, you can read independently or listen to the audio book.  
With myON you can download up to 20 books online and read them offline on your device.  Reading offline is available, too, using free mobile apps for iPad, Android, Chrome and Kindle Fire HD.  Learn more at: http://thefutureinreading.myon.com/overview/myon-reader-goes-mobile
Reading is so important!  Research shows that reading at level is increasingly important for kids to stay on track in school. Reading impacts not only language arts grades, but if kids can’t read at grade level, they can’t read material and test questions in subjects like math, science and social studies either.  
Prairie Elementary has partnered with myON also. So, if you have kids at Prairie and you were thinking this is familiar, you are right.  
ABE would like to see their students who are parents become more familiar with myON, for a couple of different reasons. First, they can encourage their children to use myON to read more, because they have a better understanding of how it works. Second, adult learners can practice reading and can improve their own literacy skills.
ECFE still believes that reading on a lap and not on an app is the best choice for 0-5 year olds. Exposure to digital learning is OK, but must be kept to a minimum and be monitored.
We hope that you give myON a try and find it engaging and fun!

Tara Thompson is the Early Childhood Education Coordinator for Worthington School District 518.

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