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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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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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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The Cat in the Hat App Guest Review

The Cat in the Hat is obviously a 'must have' in any collection, whether it's a digital library or a set of hardcover books with gilded pages. This version is no exception, with bright beautiful pictures of the beloved classic Dr. Seuss. For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is read. Although each page is essentially a still image, many pages begin by panning over Seuss' classic original artwork, zooming in and out to show off each segment of text, a nice semi-animated style.

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Sight Words & Spelling with Pixopop HD App Review

Sight Words and Spelling with Pixopop HD is a cute, well-designed app with characters and rewards that appeal to children. The ability to set up custom lists, track your child’s progress, and other helpful options set this app above your standard sight words app.

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Spell Trekking App Review

My daughter (9) isn’t a natural speller, and she counts this as amongst her top 5 favorite apps – she ASKS to use it throughout the day and absolutely loves it. The gentle, positive approach and fun space theme have really captured her, and I am intrigued by the unique guided copywork-style approach to spelling. We’re going to keep working with this app and see how my daughter’s work with it translates into spelling and writing confidence. Even though this first version of Spell Trekking is a bit rough around the edges, I highly recommend you check it out for free and see if this approach would work for your child.

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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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The Adventures of Robin Hood App Review

The Adventures of Robin Hood has only strengthened my opinion that the multilingual storybook apps produced by Chocolapps (previously So Ouat!) provide the most feature-filled read along experience available in children’s storybook apps today.

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eReading: The Best Thing App Review

eReading: The Best Thing combines a classic story, lovely watercolor illustrations, and word-by-word highlighting and narration to create a charming read-along experience that reinforces the core 220 Dolch sight words.

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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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