Developed with 20 years of research

with Sharpen Reading

Personalized, Effective, and Fun!

Effective:  With our evidence-based, highly effective curriculum your child can improve a grade-level in reading in as little as 3 months. Our integrated progress monitoring personalizes the learning experience to adjust to your child's development.

Easy to Use: Created with parents in mind, our dual-device digital program features flexible, parent-led scripted lessons & video demonstrations that quickly progress your child's reading capabilities and confidence in as little as 15 - 30 min a day.

Engaging & Fun: With over 100+ hours of learning content and 35+ fun digital activities, within a structured program, your child will be motivated to build their core reading skills & confidence at every step of their reading journey.

Grades: Pre-K to 6th
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Grades: Pre-K to 6th
Parents:
Child:
$24.95 per month
FREE Trial
Subscribe for a free 7-day trial. Then, $24.95 monthly for the first child and $10 for each additional child.
Try it for free for 7 days.
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Effective: With our evidence-based, highly effective curriculum your child can improve a grade-level in reading in as little as 3 months Our integrated progress monitoring personalizes the learning experience to adjust to your childs development. 

Easy to Use: Created with parents in mind, our digital program features flexible, parent-led scripted lessons & video demonstrations that quickly progress your child's reading capabilities and confidence in as little as 15 min a day.

Engaging & Fun: With over 100+ hours of learning content and 35+ fun digital activities, within a structured program, your child will be motivated to build their core reading skills & confidence at every step of their reading journey.

Why Families Love Sharpen Reading

Easy to Deliver

“I was so nervous teaching my son how to read and this program made it so easy!”
—Erica, Sharpen Parent

Erica

(X location, X kids)

Effective Results

“My daughter fell behind, especially in reading and writing in kindergarten. Using Sharpen Reading, I was able to get her from barely reading any words to reading at a 3rd-grade level in one year.”
—Andrew, Sharpen Parent

Andrew

(X location, X kids)

Easy to Use

“It was easier to navigate; the connection between the two screens allows for a simpler, less fussy learning process. The layout of the Instructor script also made it easier to follow and not get lost.”
—Diana, Sharpen Parent

Diana

(X location, X kids)

Evidence-Based & Effective

Grounded in the science of reading our sequenced, and systematic practice ensures your child receives the right support at the right time. This helps them master the essential skills for lasting and long-term reading success. Our program has enabled thousands of children to read at grade level and beyond in as little as 3 months.

Convenient & Easy to Deliver Scripted Lessons

Whether at home or on the go, Sharpen Reading offers flexibility to complete lessons in your own time, and easy-to-follow scripted lessons allow you to support your child to improve a grade-level in reading with just 15-30 minutes of daily practice, 4x a week. Our innovative dual-screen format enables you and your child to open your online experience and go.

Fun & Engaging

With over 35+ fun, interactive, and multi-sensory learning activities, your child stays engaged. The success they experience keeps them motivated and focused while learning the most essential skills and knowledge to ensure success and progress every step of the way.

The Sharpen Difference

Sharpen Reading is proven to be effective with all kinds of readers, including supporting those with reading delays or dyslexia. Adapted from 20 years of success from ABeCeDarian and inclusive of the latest developments in the Science of Reading, our digital, dual-screen format leverages:

Systematic and explicit instruction in phonics

Advanced phonemic awareness

Decoding, and fluency

Handwriting and spelling practice

The Sharpen Difference

Sharpen Reading is proven to be effective with all kinds of readers, including supporting those with reading delays or dyslexia. Adapted from 20 years of success from ABeCeDarian and inclusive of the latest developments in the science of reading, our digital, dual-screen format leverages:

Systematic and explicit instruction in phonics

Advanced phonemic awareness

Decoding, and fluency

Handwriting and spelling practice

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Then $24.95 per month

Meet the Experts

Dr. Michael Bend Ph.D.

✏️ Educator & Reading Expert
📖 Author -   ABeCeDarian Reading Program
☀️ Transforming lives one word at a time  

Dr. Michael Bend's passion for education has led him to create the research-based, explicit, comprehensive, and multi-sensory decoding and word study program that is the foundation for Sharpen Reading.

Dr. Bend earned his doctorate from the University of Delaware. He has worked with struggling readers for over 40 years in a variety of settings, including as a classroom teacher and as the director of education programs at several non-profits. He has also tutored hundreds of children and coached many parents and teachers. 

He has received training in the Lindamood curriculum as well as Phono-Graphix and has studied many other reading programs, including Reading Mastery and Orton-based programs, and has been greatly influenced by the work of David Kilpatrick. 

When Dr. Bend isn't busy transforming the world of education, you can find him mentoring aspiring educators and continuously exploring innovative ways to make learning accessible and engaging for all.

Dr. Jan C. Frijters, Ph.D.

🧠 Chief Neuropsychologist
🧬 Genetics & Neuro Research
🎓 Brock University Professor

Dr. Jan C. Frijters, a respected academic and Professor at Brock University, serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Learning Disabilities, an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Educational Psychology, and sits as the Chief Neuropsychologist at Sharpen. With a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Guelph, his research focuses on critical aspects of child development, evidence-based reading interventions, and risk assessments.

Focusing his work on research that targets the accurate and early identification of children in need of reading assistance, Jan works to ensure that children most at-risk receive developmentally sensitive and effective interventions. His relentless efforts and in-depth expertise make a significant impact in the field of educational psychology.

When Dr. Frijters isn't busy transforming the world of targeted interventions, you can find him sharing his insights at conferences, mentoring aspiring educators, and continuously exploring innovative ways to make learning accessible and engaging for all.

Dr. Prarthana Franklin-Luther, Ph.D.

🔬 Senior Research Scientist
👧 Parenting, Child Development & Family Research  

Dr. Prarthana Franklin-Luther is a scholar and researcher with over 20 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of parenting, child health, and developmental outcomes. She received her Ph.D. in Child and Youth Studies from Brock University and then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at McMaster University, where she researched cognitive, behavioral, and social outcomes of preterm-born children. Dr. Franklin-Luther has presented her research findings at various conferences and has been cited in media outlets like CBC.ca. Clinically, she has worked as a psychometrist and psycho-educational evaluator for several years, applying her academic insights in a practical context.

When Dr. Franklin-Luther isn't busy transforming the world of education and children’s development, she can be spotted exploring nature trails, accompanied by her husband and their beloved dog, Layla.

Patrick Heenan

✏️ 20+ Years in Education
🎓 MS in Elem. Ed., K-6 Certified
🤝 Yale Collaboration

Patrick Heenan is a twenty-year educator. He holds an MS in Elementary Education with a K - 6 certification. Patrick is also certified in Reading Recovery, Empower Phonics / Empower Comprehension, and received training in Orton-Gillingham and Wilson. 

Patrick has twelve years of experience as a classroom teacher; having taught 1st - 4th grade. Patrick worked for five years as an Intervention Specialist within New Haven Public Schools. This grant-funded position was part of a collaboration with Yale University’s New Haven Lexinome Project. During this time he was immersed in Structured Literacy and Evidence-Based reading practices. Patrick spent his final two years in public school working as a Literacy Instructional Coach.

Patrick trained under Dr. Michael Bend in the ABeCeDarian Reading Program then joined Sharpen full-time to focus all his attention on identification and remediation of reading difficulties.

When Patrick isn't busy transforming the world of education,  you can find him at the beach with his family, or building furniture in his garage woodworking shop.

Answers to Your Questions

What makes a high-quality online reading program?

A high-quality online program is a result of high-quality and evidence-based research to gather a multi-dimensional understanding of a child’s reading problems. A comprehensive reading system should include multiple elements:

  • the instruction is oriented from speech to print (and not from print to speech)
  • the instruction is systematic and comprehensive
  • the instruction provides ample practice for students to develop advanced skills to identify and manipulate individual speech sounds (phonemes) in words
  • the instruction provides ample practice reading extended texts

These elements are explicitly presented in Sharpen Reading.

Can my struggling reader be supported with an online program?

An online reading program can be especially effective for struggling readers because it can incorporate multi-sensory components (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic/tactile) that can help to better process and retain information, as well as strengthen their reading skills. Additionally, students with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, attention problems, and general cognitive impairments or delays need comprehensive and direct instruction. Carefully sequenced lessons and instructional language that is simple but precise are also very helpful. Sharpen Reading provides all of this. Multi-sensory, structured literacy benefits all students, not just struggling readers, which makes Sharpen Reading a great option for any family looking to support their child’s reading skills.

How is an online reading program different from traditional tutoring?

An online reading program of Sharpen Reading's caliber offers reading instruction that is carefully designed and sequenced to ensure that all relevant skills are being properly integrated in a systematic and structured approach. By utilizing interactive and engaging activities, children remain attentive and the reading experience is more effective. Furthermore, the digital program offers extensive progress and performance monitoring resulting in data-driven insights and records for parents. This data can be used for more tailored instruction and more targeted support for each child.

What principles are behind the Science of Reading?

Sharpen Reading is designed around the principles of the science of reading. Proven to be effective with all kinds of readers, including those with reading problems or dyslexia, Sharpen Reading incorporates research from various disciplines to facilitate the reading acquisition process. Sharpen Reading focuses on four key elements:

  • Phonemic Awareness: Understanding that words comprise individual sounds.
  • Phonics: Knowledge of the relationships between letters and the sounds they represent.
  • Explicit Instruction: Systematic teaching of reading components to nurture proficient readers.
  • Varied Practice: Frequent exposure in multiple ways to words solidifies their memory.

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