Vantage Learning Acquires Ziptales To Help Children Develop A Love Of Reading - Click Here to Learn More

What is Ziptales?

Ziptales is an online elementary school language arts "library,"
designed for school and home use.

Our goal is to make children more avid, effective readers, by providing them a service that caters to their individual needs and interests.

Teach children to love reading

Ziptales is an online elementary school language arts "library," designed for school and home use. We have been a leader in the field of online language arts for 15+ years. Ziptales is based on the latest research about how children develop and sustain a love of reading. Our library was built by trained teachers with the express purpose of making reading a pleasurable and lifelong experience.

The Research

At the core of the Ziptales mission is the recognition that children will do best when they read for "for pleasure, to be informed and to perform a task" (Beverly Tyner, The Literacy Jigsaw Puzzle, ILA, 2012).
For example, a child who reads a scary story, or a mystery 'whodunit', will instinctively engage with the reading. Reading the story (for pleasure) will raise their skill level without them even being aware of the process.


Testing and Feedback

Each story ends with a fill the gaps test (a cloze test, and a relatively easy quiz) and a multiple choice (more challenging).
If the child does not score more than 5/10, they are prompted to try again. They can reread the text, and get 10/10 - in short, they can find their own way to "master" the text.
This is, after all, how reading normally works. Even adults reread selectively to extract the most out of the experience.


The Role of the Teacher

Ziptales puts the teacher (or parent) at the center of all decision making about the individual child’s needs. Only they really know which stories, or poems, or lessons, are appropriate to their class or child. No automated reading program can possibly know this.
Ziptales encourages teachers and parents to see it as a vast "library" of possible reading experiences, out of which they can pick the material which best suits their children.
We also recommend teachers use the "What's my Ziptales Reading Level?" test to fine tune their recommendations for a child's reading list (visit the staffroom and look at Reading Levels for further instructions).


The Voiceover

All appropriate text has a voiceover, read by a professional actor. This is a great way not only of modeling good reading, but of sustaining interest in the text.

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