Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Reading and Grammar Apps for Early Learners

There are some great apps available for little ones who are learning their alphabet or are actually learning to read and write. Here are a couple that might work in your classroom.

Super Why $4.49 AU
The SUPER WHY app is a partnership with PBS and the producers of the preschool series SUPER WHY. The series is designed to help kids ages 3 to 6 with the critical skills that they need to learn to read! Students can play along with each of the main characters from the TV series while practicing the alphabet, rhyming, spelling, writing and reading. Super Duper! 
Super Why Alpha Boost:$1.99 AU
Are you ready to “Alpha Boost”  With over 120 party-themed words and five kinds of parties, “Alpha Boost!” provides hours of fun that will reinforce letter recognition and word formation. Search the skies for Super Letters that will form a super party password that gets you to a celebration. Tilt your iDevice left and right to catch the floating letters. 
Kids Write Text Types: $0.99 AU
Kids Write Text Types is a tool to help teachers and students with writing. Each  text type includes the structure/format, features, and examples. The many ideas/writing prompts are provided to help get students started. Students and teachers may use the planners included to plan for their own writing. They may annotate over them, save them and email them. 
Montessori Crosswords: $2.99 AU
Montessori Crosswords helps kids develop their reading, writing, and spelling skills by building words from a set of 320 combinations using a phonics-enabled movable alphabet. Montessori Crosswords helps kids learn and understand fundamental concepts. The app helps kids understand that words are made up of sounds. 
Word Wizard: $2.99 AU
Word Wizard is a unique app that lets kids hear the sounds of letters and words using a talking movable alphabet. Featuring advanced text to speech capabilities, the app can pronounce and spell-check an unlimited number of original words. Word Wizard also provides spelling practice with a list of more than 1,400 questions and answers.
Martha Speaks Dog Party: $2.99 AU
Includes FOUR fun-filled games starring Martha, the talking dog from the popular TV series MARTHA SPEAKS. Players pick a plate to match the right word and then have their dog lick it clean by moving each dog's tongue around with their finger. Eww! The game introduces these words: striped, nature, nautical, mauve, triangular, colorful, teal, round, square.
Rocket Speller: FREE
Rocket Speller is a fun and engaging spelling app for 3-7 year olds. Educators, special education teachers, and parents agree that kids are engaged and learning with this app. Students do not realise that they are learning to spell. Kids will play this in their play time because it does not feel like work.
Licking Letters: $0.99 AU
Jump into the pond and help your friend, Hoppy the Frog, lick letters to spell words! Kids will have a blast with this exciting and fun spelling adventure! Each word is shown and spelled out before each round of play. There are a total of 150 words to spell starting with 3 letters, then gradually moving up to 5 letter words. Game difficulty adjusts based on your child's skill level.
abc Sequence: $1.99 AU
A fun and educational app for children, helping them to learn the alphabet and the names of the animals! Choose the letters in alphabetical order from the right hand side. The letter will transfer to the board and a flashcard will appear at the bottom with an animal. The name of the letter and animal can be heard aloud and is pronounced correctly!
Grammer Jammers: FREE
Catchy animated songs and rhymes make English language arts exciting! Grammar Jammers animations will have you tapping your toes to the beat while learning grammar usage and mechanics. Each animation unlocks a quiz. Answer all the quiz questions for all the Grammar Jammers topics and unlock an interactive reward. 


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