online reading progams

Online Reading Programs

2+ years average gain in ~6 months

The steps to reading proficiency are:

  1. Learn the sounds of language (from birth)
  2. Connect sounds to letters (decode)
  3. Decode with automaticity (fluency)
  4. Learn vocabulary and syntax
  5. Read with comprehension

Most children come to us because they avoid reading, they can’t read for long periods, they don’t understanding what they are reading, they are slow readers or they have a diagnosis – dyslexia, ADHD or a language-based learning disability.

What they mostly have in common is that they have not mastered step one, phonemic awareness. This almost always due to weak language processing, and so that’s where we start.

Gemm Learning’s online reading program uses quick-fire, adaptive exercises to strengthen language processing. Once the sounds are clearer ( in “word memory”), mapping sounds to letters is more natural, more automatic.

And if reading is automatic … it’s easier, and comprehension is easier.

With practice this becomes reading with comprehension.  And when reading is interesting, It can become a habit.

Steps To Reading Proficiency

Our software is adaptive, it figures out the skill areas holding your child back, and then exercises those skills. Ultimately though, all children need to learn reading in the following sequence.

Reading fluency first

We prepare the brain for reading using self-paced exercises that are the equivalent to hearing tens of thousands of words in just a few weeks. This intensive practice helps develop phonemic awareness and the other fundamental skills required for reading automaticity:

  • Processing & cognitive — language processing, working memory, attention
  • Decoding text — decoding, eye tracking, phonics
  • Language structure—  vocabulary, spelling, grammar, literal reading comprehension

Then reading comprehension

Our goal is reading comprehension with metacognition, defined as understanding, thinking while reading, making connections, putting the text in context, self-correcting while reading. To broaden reading skills and to cover the common skill gaps, we have a series of reading programs with these strands:

  • Grammar and language structure
  • Vocabulary
  • Sight word growth
  • Reading accuracy
  • Reading comprehension
  • Thinking while reading

Reading comprehension for elementary age children is the ability to connect to prior knowledge or personal experience while reading. Our ultimate goal is the 8th grade reading standard, reading comprehension exercises that align with most state standards.

See How Gemm Learning Works

Call today to find out if we can help.  If you are still not convinced, watch this video.


Every person is different, and so every outcome is different. We cannot claim to be 100% effective in every case.  We do offer a guarantee, but in learning nothing is certain.  More about our claims here.

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“Just this week he has finished an over 200 page book (the second in a series) in two days. Before the program, he was reluctant to read short chapter books, and it took him a month or so to finish the first book in the same series.”

Jane P.

Parent of 3rd grader

“His reading score went up almost two full grades over summer due to Gemm Learning! …his confidence when reading and his reading fluency is so much better that he will be out of special ed soon. He picked up a big chapter book to read! This is from a boy who before Gemm would not even look at a book.”

Kate C.

Parent of 5th grader


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