Las Vegas Dad Creates ‘Word Stumble’ Reading App For Daughter
A Las Vegas parent has created a new approach to reading apps. And with the help of AI, he’s now helping many other children.
Las Vegas Dad Invents Reading App For His Daughter
Dad noticed his daughter falling behind, and having a hard time with her reading, when schools closed down during the pandemic. It was tough for eight year old, Aubrie Vinzant, to catch up with reading after the pandemic.
Aubrie’s dad David Vizant told Fox 5 Las Vegas, that she went into first grade, and “it was about halfway through the first grade that we realized that she couldn’t read.” They tried private tutoring as well as other programs, but that’s not cheap.
Aubrie would get very frustrated. She and dad would try to get through a 10 to 15 page book, and she would struggle – winding up in tears. But David said he kept encouraging her to keep reading, and get through it. But it was time to do something else.
Even though David Vizante had no coding experience, he decided to work on A.I. reading app to help Aubrie catch up. He created a free new web application, that all children can use.
Word Stumble Reading App Is Available To All for Free
The app works with ChatGPT. It tracks the words your kids know, pairs them with words they’re struggling with, and creates a custom children’s story using just those specific words. It’s called WordStumble, and it’s now free for anyone to use.
When you open Word Stumble, there is an introduction the Dave wrote: “I’m David Vinzant, but you can call me Dave. The idea for this app sprang from a personal challenge: helping my youngest child catch up with her reading skills, which had lagged due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. My aim was to blend proven reading techniques with a fresh, 21st-century twist.”
He goes on to talk about his background, and how he has fine tuned the program. Even though he does not work in education, or programming.
I played with the Word Stumble a little bit, and there’s a lot to it. But there’s also a lot to it! By that, I mean it offers a LOT, once the app gets to know you – or your child. There are over 200 word groups, sight words, grammar, and dozens common categories.
David Vizant told Fox 5 Las Vegas, “I want other kids to use it. This is now my passion, it is a dream that I see is working for her, and is starting to work for other kids…”