In our house, independent reading is on the list of daily “chores” each one of our children is expected to complete. Sometimes keeping track of all their reading times can be difficult. Time Me: Reading is a great tool for tracking how much and how often your children read.
Time Me: Reading is a reading log for your child. After creating a user profile, you may start entering reading times. Books are selected by either searching for the title or author, scanning the book ISBN bar code using your device’s camera (iPhone 4 and above have best scanning results) or entering a book’s information yourself. Once a book is selected, reading time can either be entered directly or you can use the built in timer to track how long a user reads in one sitting. All reading time entries are displayed in a timeline view so you can visually track your reader’s progress.
I first received this app in November last year so I’ve been remiss in reviewing it. However, I have a good reason: I were unable to add books that weren’t in the Accelerated Reader Program. This led me to delay my review until that feature was added. Now that the feature is available I feel like this app is ready for prime-time!
This app is wonderfully designed and very easy to use. It doesn’t get in the way with a ton of bells and whistles. Once you start the app you need to create a profile which consists of a name and weekly reading goal.
To start the timer you or your child can scan the barcode of the book or type in the title. If the title is in the catalog, a picture of the cover will appear and you can start the timer. If the book is not in the catalog the title and author can be added manually.
The timer runs in the background so if your child is reading an e-book on their device there’s not worry about losing track of time.
Time Me: Reading maintains a useful timeline and graph for tracking the progress of your child’s reading. You can use this to review their progress and gauge their reading level.
What I Liked
This app is simple to use. Young readers don’t have to worry about reading a bunch of text or figuring out how to use the app. The timeline and graph make it easy to monitor your child’s progress.
What Could Be Improved
Time Me: Reading catalog is limited to the books contained in the Accelerated Reader Program. Although that’s 140,000 there are many other books (especially non-fiction) that your older children may want to read that aren’t in the catalog. It would also be nice to add a photo of the book that you manually added so that early readers can find their books by looking for the cover.
If you’ve ever tried to remember all the books your child has read for a reading program, Time Me: Reading is a great app for keep track of all those books without going insane!
Time Me: Reading is rated 4+ and costs $1.99. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.