If you’re reading this, then at some point in your life someone taught you had to read. And chances are you did not have any help from an iPad or smartphone. But it’s 2012 and kids today have the advantage of using technology to help them do many things, including learning how to read.
We have complied a list of the 6 learn to read apps that will boost your child’s literacy skills.
This phonics based interactive game uses characters and animations to teach your child letters and their sounds. There are 12 scenes, 4 levels of play and 32 words. Children are shown how to sound out simple words using repetition and stories. As your child progresses, new sounds are introduced. The developer also has created Bob Books #2, which features more scenes and words. Books #1 is $1.99 and Books #2 is $3.99.
Martha Speaks is one of those children’s television shows that adults love as well. Developed for children ages 3-7, this app contains 4 games that revolve around Martha and her pals. ‘Chow Time’ is where your child will have to pick a plate and match the correct word. And after this game, kids can lick their plates clean with their finger. ‘Martha Says’ teaches words like “sit”, “stay”, “stroll”, and “freeze” while Martha commands her canine friends. ‘Doggie Dress-up’ is fun because kids get to dress up Martha’s party guests while they learn different words like “accessory” and “style”. There is also a balloon popping quiz to test and reinforce the words learned in the other games. The app is currently $1.99, but after 8/5/12 the price goes up to $2.99.
3. Super Why!
This app, based on PBS’s hit show, is available for $2.99. Like the show, the characters use games to teach children letters and reading. Match words to pictures with Super Why, rhyme words with Wonder Red, identify letter sounds and trace letters with Princess Presto, and identify letters with Alpha Pig. Your child has the opportunity to earn stickers to add to their sticker book.
For $2.99, ABC PocketPhonics will teach your child key letter sounds, handwriting, and first words. Aimed to instruct 3-6 year olds, this app utilizes a “follow me arrow”, which will help children correctly trace letters. And it will check their accuracy. There is also a spelling game where kids will learn to sound out and spell over 170 frequently used words. The developers have also created a free guide on teaching kids how to read, which you can order through the app.
Based on the Montessori learning method, this app helps kids understand and memorize letters and their sounds. There are 3 levels of reading, writing and spelling skills. Also has over 320 word-image-audio-phonics combinations. The app’s sounds and animations enhance the learning and after each word is complete, there are interactive visual effects, such as fireworks to celebrate. Available for $2.99.
Just $0.99 for this undersea adventure which teaches letters to your little student while featuring backgrounds that correspond to each letter – an underwater volcano appears for the letter V. Letter Writer Oceans also instructs the correct letter writing strokes and kids earn a starfish each time they get it right. 4 starfishes opens an unlocked storybook to read. The price reflects a limited time 50% discount.
If you have used an app to help your child learn to read, we’d love to hear from you. Do you have any reading app recommendations?