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Sharpen Reading

Parent-guided digital literacy program based on the Science of Reading.
Starting at $24.95 a month
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Sharpen Tutoring

1:1 online instruction based on Sharpen Reading led by our certified tutors.
FREE Reading Assessment & Consultation
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Sharpen Story Maker

Where kids create and read their own stories. Free for all.
Included with both Reading and Tutoring.
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Sharpen has been transformational! Busy parents will appreciate the live online tutoring. My child has made noticeable progress, nearly a full grade level in just two months.”

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Brian, Sharpen Parent
Scarborough, ME

Having a scripted, online program saves me hours of training and lesson planning, there is no time wasted to prepare worksheets, flashcards, or letter tiles. I can move seamlessly from one student to the next in just a few clicks.

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Tricia, Sharpen Homeschool Parent
Boston, MA

The Power of Intervention

We are on a mission to empower all children to reach their potential through early literacy success.

Reading support and intervention are 4X more effective when provided to kids early.

At Sharpen, we're not just teaching children to read. We're building the foundation for a brighter future.

Designed by Experts. Backed by Science.

Designed by Experts.
Backed by Science.

Born out of 20 years of research at Yale, Brock, and UT Health Houston Universities, we’ve collaborated with reading experts across early education, neuroscience, educational psychology, and K-12 child development. This collective experience has allowed us to produce top-tier reading solutions firmly grounded in the science of reading.

Join us and discover how Sharpen is transforming lives, one child at a time.

Answers to your Questions

Why did I not receive an assessment result after completing it?

You may not have received a result for an assessment that you completed online because you answered “I don’t know” for too many questions - insufficient information to calculate a valid result. You will have the ability to revisit individual question(s) and provide up to date information in order to get an assessment result.

How can I advance my child’s reading?

Children learn to read at their own pace, but as parents and caregivers, we want to offer them all the support they need to succeed. If you are wondering how to start a reading program that will match your child’s potential, start with an early reading assessment like the Sharpen Early Advantage Assessment.

With the assessment data, the next step is starting a reading program. The Sharpen Reading Program offers a multi-sensory, structured literacy program that is divided into manageable lessons starting at the Pre-K level.  Take the Sharpen Reading Assessment to find out what level your child will start.  Progress is divided with clear guideposts and Sharpen Reading provides regular progress monitoring, so you can start with your child and let them progress at the pace they excel at within the program.

When should I have my child assessed for dyslexia?

If you suspect that your child may have dyslexia, it's vital to have them assessed as early as possible. Dyslexia is a specific learning disorder that primarily affects reading and writing skills, and early intervention can greatly benefit children with dyslexia. According to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), screenings should be used beginning in kindergarten but there can be signs years earlier, including family history factors and delays in language and pre-literacy skill development.  Risk screening allows parents, teachers, and tutors to identify students at risk for reading difficulty and provide additional support, including targeted intervention, to those who need it. After a pre-reading assessment, starting an evidence-based reading program for dyslexia early in your child’s education positions them to make significant gains to overcome learning difficulties while their optimal window for learning is open and before they experience reading struggles in school.

What is the best online reading program for struggling readers?

The best online reading programs for struggling readers offer carefully designed and sequenced reading instruction, cover all relevant skills, and integrate those skills in a structured, systematic way. They also offer extensive progress and performance monitoring, which results in data-driven insights and records for parents and caregivers. Sharpen Reading Program easily meets all of these qualifications and much more.

Do online reading programs work?

A well-developed online reading program works. Often, the roadblocks to a successful online reading program are issues on the periphery of the actual program. Scheduling difficulties, monitoring delays, and pacing issues can all hinder success. Sharpen Reading Program is structured to pace according to the individual progress of the child and is designed to be completely flexible with your family’s schedule. The precise progress tracking and adaptive learning embedded in the program allows you to see measured improvements in your child’s reading skills in real-time. With Sharpen Reading, you’ll know the program is working.

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