Dear Parents and Guardians,
First of all, thank you! Thank you for reaching out to find a reading solution for your child. These are extraordinary times when millions of children are losing a minimum of 6 “Critical Literacy Months” in the middle of 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade due to COVID-19 displacement.
At the American Youth Literacy Foundation, 501 (c) (3) dba Youth Lit, YouthLit.org and FUNetix®, we are keenly aware that many of your children are either just emerging as readers, are just learning how to read, are just mastering their ABC’s and sight words, and/or, are just learning the basics of phonics and English spelling patterns.
While millions of children have been sent home from school for 6 months or more, millions of parents and guardians are struggling to work, have lost jobs, are struggling to manage child care, and certainly, are struggling to help their children continue on the upward path to learning how to read and to becoming “lifelong readers”.
At Youth Lit, we have been teaching children how to read in about 12 hours since our inception in 2008. We have been working on a FREE literacy app for the past 4 years; and we are launching our app in the App Store and on Google Play this Thanksgiving, 2020.
Right now we are completing “advanced product trials” in anticipation of our launch date. If you choose to participate, we are accepting up to 20 Guided Learning participants, and up to 1,000 Self Learning participants. ALL participating students will get access to ALL 12 hours of the FUNetix Literacy App.
By using the FUNetix app, your child will learn ALL 44 sounds of the English language. They will learn how to blend sounds and sound symbols together to form words, using a “Secret Code” called 21E®. They will learn all of this in about 4 hours.
Then they will start reading English words using our patented system of diacritics, which are special, child friendly sound symbols that show your child how to pronounce ANY English word. It takes about another 4 hours to begin to master this special pronunciation guide.
Then your child will spend another 4 hours of the app practicing, by playing games and reading stories, and receiving additional instruction in order to build their skills and their confidence.
After about 12 hours of total instruction time, your child will gain access to an entire library of wonderful content, including books, games, puzzles, poems, stories and treasure hunts. As they work their way through the many varied reading options, they will always have a simple button to push when they want to see, for example, how a new word is pronounced. They simply push the FUNetix button within the game or story and the diacritics magically appear. We call this button, the “Magic Decoder.” But you can only use the “Magic Decoder” if you know the “Secret Code.” Children who know the Secret Code can push the Magic Decoder button whenever they want to unlock the pronunciation of ANY English word. That’s FUNetix!
We welcome you and your child to become part of the first “Class of 2020” students to learn how to read using the FUNetix 12 Hour Literacy App. We hope that your child not only enjoys the FUNetix early reading app, but that s/he makes that “critical breakthrough” to become a “lifelong reader” with a lifelong love of learning! All the best to you and yours, especially in these challenging times.
From ALL of us on the FUNetix Literacy App team
Mr. R. Kali Woodward
Founding Executive Director