Ready to Read

Ready to Read - Serious educational app for your child’s first daily reading practice

The purpose of Ready to Read is to train the most important parts of early reading comprehension - the shape and sound of letters. These are fundamental for reading and provide children with the knowledge that letters represent sounds that together make words - and that these words have meaning.

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"The design is simple, colourful and unfussy: easy to use and with minimum distractions from the core exercises" -AppsPlayground

Learn to Read - Great supplement to the old exercise books

Use the app 10 minutes at home with your kid or in school as a variation from the first daily reading practice. Children in preschool who are curious about letters will also love Ready to Read.

Pronunciation, not letter names

Children often learn the names of the letters instead of their sounds. This forces them to relate to something they cannot directly use in their first reading. They might even have to discard this understanding when school present them with sound-based learning. Broadly speaking, children have no use of letter names in their first reading. Ready to Read only uses the sounds of the letters.

300 most common words as word pictures

Unfortunately, not all English words are pronounced the way they look. In fact, some of the most common English words are spelled nothing like the way they sound. It is a significant help to know these words as word pictures. Children will not even have to concentrate on using phonetics, but merely recognise the visual characteristics of the word in the same way they recognise their name or a large yellow M for McDonalds. This is why Ready to Read uses the 120 most common words as word pictures.

Capital letters are for the practiced

Many children learn the uppercase/majuscule forms first. Naturally, they should learn these, but not until they know the much more relatable lowercase letters. It is easier to relate to one shape of a sound instead of two, and as soon as they learn the lowercase letters, they will begin to recognise them in their own books. Ready to Read focuses on lowercase letters.


Expert teachers with years of experience developed the content in ‘Ready to Read’. We stand out from other reading-apps by focusing on the sound of the letters and writing the letters on the screen.

We designed Ready to Read for children aged 4-10 (those who cannot read yet or have reading difficulties).

If you have any suggestions as to how we can improve Ready to Read, send an e-mail to or find Minitutor on Facebook or twitter.

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  • Literacy
  • Phonetics
  • English
  • Common Words
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