About Us

Wordsmart is more than just a literacy program – it’s a movement that empowers students worldwide to become confident and fluent readers while pursuing their passions to create a positive impact on our world.

Te Pae Tawhiti – Vision

WordSmart will transform education world-wide ensuring that all students regardless of wealth, ability and neurodiversity will achieve exceptional results using reading to foster and follow their passions to a level of excellence that enables them to reach their full potential

Founded by Paul Blackman and the Nurturing Young Minds Foundation. There is also the

WordSmart App

WordSmart is based on scientific research and personal experience in literacy, mindfulness and positive psychology. The incorporates esessential literacy tasks which include phonological awareness, letter recognition, letter-sound matching, and sight words so children can build a strong foundation for reading.


Wordsmart uses the magic of interactive storytelling, the ways our brain naturally learns. Our fun and child-centered tasks are embedded in a fantastical story. Kids feel joy & excitement when joining our characters Tama &Tracey on their adventures. The interactive story motivates them to keep going even if tasks become more challenging.


Wordsmart triggers the children’s learning sweet spot. Our tasks stimulate the child’s analytical as well as their creative side. Each phoneme is introduced with a unique and funny short story. Children create a meaningful connection with the learning content. The young learner retains acquired knowledge better and learns faster.


Wordsmart encourages healthy behaviours in young learners. We have taken learning-to-read one step further. Our digital learning environment supports psychological well-being. We uses strategies to support and strengthen healthy core beliefs so that children experience positive emotions while learning.

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