Reading Raven App Review

Finally – a seriously educational app that leads children from early phonological awareness and phonics right up to reading full sentences while integrating printing skills and teaching through games. Reading Raven is an incredible learn-to-read app, easily the best I’ve encountered to date in the App Store. I’m in love, and so are my kids.

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Storybook Maker App Review

Storybook Maker is a powerful, open-ended tool for creating richly illustrated, written and orally narrated stories and reports. Filled with comprehensive features and options, this easy to learn set of publishing tools lets your child create works that can be read, shared, and printed. Whether your child is an emerging or confident writer, a stumbling or gifted artist, all children will find supportive features to turn their storytelling dreams into a reality with Storybook Maker.

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Mathtopia+ App Review

Mathtopia+ is so compelling you might find you and your children sneaking time on the iPad to play this educational game. Combining comprehensive math fact practice in all four main operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) with the addictive game-play of three (or more) jewels in a row matching games, something about this app makes you want to keep going and going!

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PlayPozz App Review

PlayPozz is an exciting first edition of an educational app that helps balance time spent playing on apps with direct educational practice. While it still needs to flesh out its offerings, this app shows promise and innovation, revealing the possibilities Android tablets have to help parents manage screen time without complicated tracking or over-involvement.

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Barn Door Four: Home Edition App Review

Barn Door Four: Home Edition includes a wealth of economically priced, well-designed exercises (29 in all) targeting fine motor skills, visual performance, communication, and sequencing designed to support children with autism and other developmental delays.  Parents will appreciate the ability to engage their child with a large collection of activities, create customized lesson plans, and to generate a wide range of reports (full version only).

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Emotions, Feelings & Colors App Review

Emotions, Feelings and Colors ! helps to develop positive social skills and awareness of the feelings of others along with a coloring activity that helps children practice virtual color mixing and matching skills. With rich parental tracking features, animated examples, and fun rewards for children – this app is at home both with preschoolers and special needs children.

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Bob Books #2 – Reading Magic

I unreservedly recommend Bob Books #2. Not only is it both educationally sound and phonics-oriented, my children thankfully love it as well. Whether you use letter names or letter sounds to read and spell with, Bob Books #2 will work for your family with its flexible settings. It will gently move your child towards spelling and reading simple words and sentences and he’ll have fun doing it!

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Column Addition App Review

Column Addition is a deeply process-oriented math app that supports children visually as they learn to work in columns and to carry numbers. It's my top recommendation if you need help with this mathematical skill; while it may appear deceptively simple, it is remarkably well designed and can be used independently by children to both reveal and practice the steps of column addition. Problems and settings can be flexibly altered by parents to match their child’s current level of understanding.

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iLearn: Canada App Review

iLearn: Canada is a well-designed app for learning and practicing the names of Canada’s provinces and territories. This app serves equally well as a good supplement to core geography studies, a review tool, or even as an app for primary instruction and exposure.

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SoundLiteracy App Review

SoundLiteracy has proved to be an invaluable tool in our family, making the integration of hands-on letter-tile based phonics activities in reading and spelling stress-free in our home. Compatible with any phonics program – particularly those inspired by the intensive Orton-Gillingham system of phonograms, this app ensures that you’ll never run out of, or lose a letter tile again.

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Native Numbers App Review

Native Numbers goes far beyond your standard flashcards or object counting app by developing a rich, integrated understanding of quantity and numbers through 25 comprehensive activities that incorporate a wide range of educational approaches. This is the kind of app that should really be the standard for interactive education, but sadly, is almost impossible to find. I’m so glad that it’s been developed!

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Wild About Books Guest Review

We bought Wild About Books in app-form after watching the animated version from Scholastic several times. It's somehow ironic that we don't own a copy of the print title and that we've enjoyed this early childhood celebration of books in digital form. That being said, we are bibliophiles through and through and have greatly enjoyed this celebration of reading and writing, the delights of consuming and creating works of poetry and prose.

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Learn With WordFriends App Review

Learn With WordFriends provides a unique, context-rich way to learn about word and letter awareness, early vocabulary and spelling through the construction of the word friend animals and objects out of the letters that spell their names.

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Henrietta is Hungry App Review

Henrietta is Hungry takes your child on a whirlwind trip around the world as seen through the experiences of a little girl in search of the perfect meal. International cuisine, exotic locales, lively narration and charming illustrations seal the deal on this high-interest storybook app. Budding foodies and armchair travelers will love it!

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