Bottom Line: An app with a seemingly endless amount of content for your preschooler. Ebooks, songs, videos, puzzles and games will keep little ones occupied and learning for hours. Some content is free; the rest can be unlocked for an in-app purchase of $2.99. Try before you buy — some of the activities are a little advanced for toddlers and preschoolers.
Bottom Line: Phonics with Phonzy is a brand new app designed to demonstrate the correct pronunciation of all phonetic sounds and encourage users to practice them aloud. Sounds can be recorded for playback so that parents and teachers can monitor the child’s progress. There are fun games and activities sprinkled in to reward and encourage users. The beginning price of FREE makes this an app that is definitely worth trying.
A really hot topic in education right now is the need for critical thinking. The Common Core State Standards, love them or hate them, require students in most of the US to make inferences, predict, and analyze at a very young age. That means that my students with language impairments are increasingly disadvantaged in the classroom, and I spend a lot of time targeting language-based critical thinking in my speech-language therapy. Of course, that means I also spend a lot of time looking for good resources! Here are a few of my favorite apps to target these areas.