Hideout: Early Reading

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Developed by: Brigham Young University


Ages: 4-6

Hideout teaches kids how to read through a series of fun activities that emphasize letter-sound association and word repetition. These activities make use of blending and reading short vowel words within meaningful contexts. Interactive activities highlight a core of words that share a phonic pattern. Engaging activities, set within relevant situations, provide meaning and purpose for reading and creating words. The activities vary in the situations they present and in the ways word meanings are illustrated. The variation in the activities captures children’s interest. Each activity permits children to read and create words that relate to the particular scene (or fun context) and provides opportunities to read words to convey ideas. Hideout, developed at Brigham Young University, replicates the kind of interactive face-to-face lessons that are available through the SEEL (Systematic and Engaging Early Literacy) website. (iTunes)

Get Ready

Prepare to use this app by using the following activity:

Sight Word Fun! This app will help your child learn to read, or perfect current reading skills and abilities.  A great way to prepare for reading is to work with sight words.  Sight words, often called high frequency sight words, are commonly used words that young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words in print without having to use any strategies to decode. The following 25 words make up approximately one fourth of all written material.  Help your child to re-write these words, or create flashcards of them (encourage them to color the flashcards, add stickers, etc).  Keep them out while using this app and have them put the words they see or hear in a pile.  

Dive In

Help your child get the most out this app experience by trying either of the following activities:

  1. Dance Along! Each letter pattern is introduced through a quick song with a fun beat. Encourage your child to dance along and enjoy! The more fun they have learning about word patterns, the more they will enjoy learning to read.
  2. Read Along! Encourage your child to read along with the narrator of the app.  If they don’t know the word they can repeat after the narrator. You can also mute the narrator so that your child can practice decoding and reading on their own.  Or, have your child practice reading both ways - with the narrator’s help and without when they feel ready to do so!

Branch Out

Extend your child’s learning by using either of the following activities:

  1. Create Your Own Version of “Hideout: Early Reading”: Revisit the sight words list and create a Hideout type game with each. Encourage your child to come up with other words that have the same letter pattern as their chosen sight word, create a sentence/scenario with as many of those words as possible and top it off with a fun illustration or create their own game, just like the app!
  2. Rhyming Word Pairs: Did you know that there are so many learning benefits from working with and using rhyming words? Here’s just one: Words with a rhythmic pattern help a child recognize sound patterns that form a basis for learning word families where the words have the same endings, but different beginnings, such as hat, bat, and cat.  Dr. Seuss used that concept in writing The Cat in the Hat , 237 words total, 223 of which are among the first words children learn to read! Have your child replay the app with a rhyming focus in mind. How many rhyming word pairs can they find? Can they add to the current list? Have them create their own gesture or charade that they can do when they hear a rhyming word pair, too!