Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Top 5 Apps: Reading, Writing & Math

Click, clack, boom! 💻I've always had a heartfelt passion for technology. My Masters Degree is in Curriculum Instruction and Technology and my husband works in IT security, so I guess it runs in our family. Integrating technology in my class and into my curriculum has been an imperative and fun challenge for me. In researching the *TOP 5 Apps* for our students, I've split the applications into 3 categories:
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
Reading
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 4+
$3.99
This app targets phonological and phonemic awareness while teaching through learning games. It can be useful in the classroom, for homeschooling or with your own children for supplemental education and fun. It contains interactive lessons that developmentally increase in complexity, challenge the students in fun and motivating ways and provide instant feedback.
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 4+
FREE
This app teaches basic reading skills such as decoding, phonemic awareness, and CVC and sight words through engaging themes and interactive books such as "All About Me," "Magic," "Tongue Twisters," etc. It features content in differentiated levels, as well. Other versions available via Starfall Education are Starfall ABCs, Starfall All About MeStarfall Learn to Read and more.

3. Dr. Seuss's ABC - Read & Learn
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 4+
$1.99
This app features the brilliant works of Dr. Seuss in learning activities, fun games and decodable readers. The stories illuminate famous characters like Sam I am and Aunt Annie while teaching letter name and sound recognition, sight words, print concepts, vocabulary and more. What a fun way to use technology and combine the love for these characters and the Dr. Seuss' writing to make learning and reading come to life!

4. Epic!
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 4-6+ (up to 12 yrs)
FREE
This app is a digital library for children and teens. It contains a plethora of interactive books, audiobooks, educational videos and quizzes that challenge students. If you are an educator or a librarian, you may be able to get the full version of this app for free in the U.S. and Canada. Track your students' progress and introduce them to new titles and genres while building their love for learning in many ways!

   5. Elevate - Brain Training
   iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
   Recommended Age: 4+
   FREE
   This app is designed to improve focus, speaking abilities,
   processing speed, memory, math skills and more. It contains games
   for children of all ages and increases in complexity. Your child can
   track their progress with the featured games and monitor their skills,
   experience, comprehension and more.

Writing
1. Vocabulary Spelling City
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 4+
FREE with in-app purchases/upgrades
This app is helps improve spelling and vocabulary fluency through interactive games, fun levels and leveled reader books. It includes pre-made word lists and allows students/parents to add their words of the week into their platform and creates customized games for them utilizing the students' weekly words to study.

2. LetterSchool - Learn to Write!
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 4+
FREE
Learn to write all letters of the English alphabet and numbers 1-10 with this app. It is mainly designed for toddlers and preschoolers but can also be used to promote neater and legible handwriting skills for school-aged children, too. There are numerous opportunities for reteaching and expanding on lessons and particular letters and/or numbers. It also focuses on the Montessori approach and methods for teaching letters and numerals.

3. ABC Kids - Tracing & Phonics
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 0-5+
FREE
This app features a fun, colorful platform for children to learn to write letters in uppercase and lowercase form, pair phonetic patterns, match letters and much more. It is primarily designed for children ages 0-5 and includes in-app purchases for additional levels and games.

iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Recommended Age: 0-5+
FREE
Dive into a world of interactive letter and writing exploration with bright and colorful scenes that will engage any child. This app contains fun sing-along songs, jumping jellyfish and learning sharks that will help children learn how to write uppercase and lowercase letters, associate word concepts, place words into alphabetical order and more. It also features fun flash cards to build fluency.

5. 
Writer: Write A Book, Write A Story
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 4+
FREE
This app is designed for the upper grades student, college student or adult. It has built-in features such as camera, microphone, timer and more so that students can take a photo of anything that inspires them to write; begin recording ideas, titles or stories; and/or create a storyboard in the "Notes" section to look at from time to time for inspo and to build upon any topic they are writing about.
 
Math

1. Toddler Games: Puzzles, Shapes
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 3+
FREE
This app is targets mathematics skills such as color and size sorting, 2-dimensional shape recognition, number recognition, counting and excels to higher cognitive levels including angles, combinations and more. Its colorful and interactive platform makes learning math fun for the little ones beginning their educational journeys with math skills.

2. Learning Games 4 Kids Toddlers
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 2+
FREE
Learn beginning math skills with these funny foods! Your toddler/preschool students will love playing games where the food dances, sings, jumps and encourages them to learn. It has increasing levels of difficulty that challenges the students to think critically/creatively and problem solve with numbers, shapes, puzzles and whole parts.

3. Preschool & Kindergarten Games
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 2-5+
FREE
The developer of this app created this app to target essential grade-level content for each grade level including preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade through high school. With each grade level, the content complexity increases and each app contains numbers, memory games, addition/subtraction, puzzles, sorting, counting and more. It also features reading skills for additional practice.

4. Monster Math: Kids Fun Games
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 9+
FREE with in-app purchases
This app is designed for students in 3rd grade or above. It features content aligned with the Common Core Standards including addition/subtraction, counting, multiplication/division, and more. Build fluency with fact families through the use of fun interactive games.
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Recommended Age: 4+
FREE
With various grade levels and content areas covered in this app, your child/student can learn and play over 250 games and unlock new ones as they progress. It features teacher-created content and focuses on numerous content areas like mathematics, reading, writing, science and more. They can get creative with drawing platforms, too.

Stay tuned for more teaching ideas! 🀗


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