Attending this year's Sweet Suite in person was such a treat for me! One of the new products I got to preview during the event was Reading Adventure by Osmo! This is Osmo's first reading-based game and with my own kids starting to tackle reading, I was super excited to learn more. After the event and just ahead of its launch, I was sent Reading Adventure to try and now I"m sharing my thoughts with you!
Disclaimer: I was sent Osmo Reading Adventure free for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Review: Osmo Reading Adventure
Osmo Reading Adventure is broken up into three levels: New Reader, Early Reader and Emergent Reader - each level has its own set of books so be sure to start with the correct level for your child.*
Osmo markets Reading Adventure as a learn-to-read program for children ages 5 to 7.
Brand new to Osmo? First of all, where have you been?!? Osmo is great - you're kids will love it. And second, you will NEED the Osmo, red reflector and base for your iPad or Fire Tablet so be sure to purchase those. You'll also need those for other Osmo games too and trust me, your kids (and you) will want more games!
Along with the four books, Osmo Reading Adventure includes a magic wand! Yes, yes this is the piece my girls had the MOST fun with!
*To help make sure you purchase the correct level for your child, Osmo has a questionnaire on their site for parents/caregivers to answer.
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One thing that makes Reading Adventure very different from other Osmo games is that Reading Adventure requires a monthly subscription. Each month your child will get a new set of 4 books as they progress on their "reading adventure".
Filling out their questionnaire is imperative because you want to make sure you're signing your child up on the correct level for their ability.
What's the Same?
Like all Osmo games, Reading Adventure introduces children to fun characters. Reading Adventure stars Oliver, an adorable - dog? I want to say dog.. I'm basing this off of his ears but I'll be honest when I say I'm not 100% sure. Dog or not, he is adorable!
Another new friend in Reading Adventure is Nebula she's a star - literally!
Your child. along with Oliver and Nebula will embark on a journey that features wonderful imagery in the app and builds on a storyline as books are completed.
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I can see how children can become frustrated with Osmo Reading Adventure, as I watched my own children struggle with some of the aspects of the game, even on the "New Reader" level but I do believe the payoff is great with this game!
Unlike with some of their other games where "Osmo Time" = "Me Time", parents/caregivers will need to be more present and available to help when younger children are playing Reading Adventure.
There are times throughout Reading Adventure that require the child to read aloud, even on the New Reader level. Oliver does not read to your child for them to follow along and to help with word recognition. Oliver is just there to listen and while he does provide guided feedback, the child really needs to already have been practicing reading in order to make it through these portions of the game.
Reading Adventure by Osmo is not for children who are not already actively learning how to read. This program is supplemental and is not designed as a way to teach your child how to read but is designed in more of a way to help them grow as a reader.
You can purchase a subscription to Reading Adventure on Osmo's official site!