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.

read more

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.

read more

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!

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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!

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

Drawing & Guessing for Kids App Review

Drawing & Guessing for Kids brings the live action of in-person, group-based drawing games to the iScreen through WiFi. Your child can experience some of the same excitement of both drawing words to be guessed, and guessing words as they are drawn (with some spelling reinforcement), in a social gaming format, anywhere around the world. If you have mobile WiFi on your device, this app makes a fun traveling/waiting room activity.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

It’s Time for Carrots App Review

It’s Time for Carrots is a cute interactive story celebrating carrots that aims to encourage children to eat more nutritiously. Grandpa Joe and his dog Rufus get to work planting carrots and even encourage children to learn some new spelling words at the same time.

read more

Knowledge Nova App Review

Knowledge Nova is a straight forward (and sort of funny) way to tackle the memorization of US history, geography, world geography, art history facts, and even has a dash of spelling thrown in with word unscrambling. With four levels included for free relating to the US. Presidents, states, and capitals it’s definitely worth a free download to check this out as an independent activity or as a family game team effort.

read more