Alphabet Aquarium App Review

Alphabet Aquarium is a bright and colorful puzzle-based alphabet app that contains a HUGE number of alphabet puzzles.  With 4 different puzzle types there are104 educational puzzles in all!  With lots of alphabet words and sentences included, the app also makes a nice first-words alphabet storybook that’s driven by puzzle completion.

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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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iTooch Elementary School App Review

I'm excited to see what the future will bring for iTooch and their series of comprehensive, grade level apps for mobile devices. Perhaps some day we'll see Social Studies added to this large collection of educational modules for upper elementary! Until then, iTooch Elementary School will continue to provide an affordable, independent, and sound way for parents to encourage learning, practice, and test-based accomplishment in language arts, math, science and health in a format that focuses on content rather than effects.

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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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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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Interactive Alphabet ABCs App Review

Interactive Alphabet ABCs is a classic alphabet app, containing everything a parent could want in a digital ABC book while having clear, simple navigation that even toddlers can work with. Letter names, letter sounds, the alphabet song – its all here and its all done well. There’s a reason Interactive Alphabet has remained a top seller in the App Store for years.

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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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iTooch Middle School App Review

iTooch is a pioneer – leading the way towards traditional, grade level based, comprehensive curriculum being available on mobile devices. Children can learn, practice, and test their knowledge in all the core skills taught in grade 6-8 language arts and math (and also health for grade 6) with iTooch: Middle School.

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BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week App Review

BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week never fails to interest my children. Each educational short receives repeated viewings each week by many members of the family. This is a stand-by must-install-and-keep-loaded app in our home on all devices.

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Ansel & Clair: Paul Revere’s Ride App Review

Ansel & Clair: Paul Revere’s Ride provides hours of educational content for children that is both deeply memorable, historically accurate, and engaging. This incredibly full app uses a wide range of interactive, multi-sensory experiences to provide elementary-age children with an exciting, living experience of early American history.

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Pocket Charts! Pro App Review

Pocket Charts! Pro is an amazing value with twenty distinct, hands-on educational activities in total. Ranging from preschool through to grade 1 skills, the activities in this app combine the traditional and effective methodology of pocket charts without the muss, fuss, pieces, or set-up time AND it’s lap-sized for friendly sharing between parent and child!

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i Learn With Boing: Ocean Adventures! App Review

i Learn With Boing: Ocean Adventures! is an excellent addition to the integrated i Learn With series of early educational apps. With three educational mini-games related to early language development skills (vocabulary, listening comprehension, and sentence formation as well as skills like categorization and spatial awareness), this high-quality app with virtual rewards and tracking for parents has been a winner here at our house.

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TenseBuilder App Review

TenseBuilder combines the fun, engaging properties of cartoon videos and voice recording with a serious, tool-based approach to the customized learning and practice of verb tenses. Whether used for language development with a special needs child or for grammar practice in the elementary grades – TenseBuilder is naturally engaging and a powerful tool in the hands of an educator who can make the most use of the many customization options.

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