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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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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Phonics and Reading With McGuffey App Review

I’m confident that if you sit down with your child and patiently work at his own pace through the 52 lessons in Phonics and Reading With McGuffey you’ll be able to form a very firm phonetic foundation that goes far beyond the CVC level that so many apps stop at.

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ABC Day App Review

ABC Day contains a sweet variety of early literacy activities that are cute and nicely designed for young children. The navigational options and inclusion of both lower and upper case, letter names and phonics, alphabet book, song, and tracing practice will make this app a great comprehensive choice for Pre/K once a few more kinks are worked out. Keep an eye on this one.

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i Learn With Boing: Ice Land Adventures App Review

With tiered instruction, detailed tracking, an addictive, integrated rewards app, and appealing game play for young learners, i Learn With Boing: Ice Land Adventures! has great appeal for both parents and children. The sound phonics-based approaches for early reading and spelling combined with letter recognition skills pack a good deal of educational value into this fun app.

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Montessori Words App Review

Montessori Words offers a strong phonics-based word-builder for the Android operating system with powerful options to precisely reinforce your early reading and spelling efforts. With 320 words divided into 3 main difficulty levels, and 42 narrow phonogram-based categories, it's easy to find the words you need when you need them. Add some fun animations and this app becomes an essential core purchase in your early reading toolkit.

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Kids Crosswords App Review

Learning Touch has applied their streamlined, rock solid approach to early phonics and spelling in this flexible crosswords app. Kids Crosswords is easy to use and educationally sound, making it an ideal first crosswords app for kindergarten and first grade.

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ABCKit App Review

ABCKit is a well-rounded, multi-sensory early learning app that includes plenty of phonetic reinforcement throughout three learning activities (Know, Hear, Write) in three languages (English, Spanish, Catalan). This isn’t a splashy app, but it can serve as an effective teaching tool for pre-readers and early foreign language students.

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Word Book and Puzzle Box HD App Review

Word Book and Puzzle Box HD contains a huge amount of highly motivating early literacy and spatial skills practice in an incredibly motivating format that my children adore. Whether spelling animal names or building jigsaw and shape-based puzzles, my three oldest children have worked industriously to earn the stars needed to elaborately and distinctly decorate their individual bedrooms. If the phonics were correct, I’d say this app would be a must-have for the early years - I hope someday they will be.

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Love to Read by Pirate Trio App Review

Love to Read by Pirate Trio incorporates some valuable early literacy features that aren’t normally found in word puzzle and early spelling apps. If the phonics were improved this would be a unique spelling and reading offering worth checking out.

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Pre-K Letters and Numbers

Pre-K Letters and Numbers is an app designed to teach children to print their letters (both upper case and lower case a-z), write their numbers (1-9, and 0), and even to write two letter together to form two-letter blends – most of these are what are referred to as digraphs, r-controlled vowels, and vowel teams in intensive phonics programs (sh, er, oo etc. I counted 20 of these more advanced phonics teams.)

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