Bottom Line: An app designed to help kids spell as it entertains them. From early letter recognition to more difficult phonic blending, this app covers many learning levels of spelling. It has enough fun to keep kids from getting bored, and enough education to keep it from being strictly a game. Plus there’s a really cute alien to boot.
People often ask us here at Smart Apps For Kids to make a list of the best apps for <fill in the blank> grade. It's such a hard list to make, given the sheer number of good apps out there. However, we decided it's time to try, so here is my list for the must-have iPad apps in a classroom setting or at home for practice, starting with kindergarten. Just in time to start the school year out right!
Bottom Line: Ready to Read focuses on helping children form letter shapes and identify letter sounds to build early reading skills. Through an easy-to-use layout, children can choose to practice writing letters and beginner words or practice identifying letter sounds. This would be a good app for a child learning what sounds the different letters make and begining to build words based on letter sounds.
Bottom Line: Kindergarten Readiness promises to help prepare kids for kindergarten with early math, early literacy, cognitive development, self-care/motor skills and communication/social skills in one app. Unfortunately that's a tad misleading, since many of the skills are merely checklists with tips for parents to help kids offline. That being said, the in-app games that are provided are a good first step toward fostering a love of learning.