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6 Key Apps to Develop Kids Reading Fluency

April  21, 2016
Below is a collection of some very good iPad apps to use with your kids and young learners to help them develop their reading fluency. The apps provide a wide variety of reading materials that include interactive stories, engaging activities and games, quizzes and many more. And because reading is a composite skill, using these apps will also enable kids  to practice a number of key subskills related to reading including: pronunciation, vocabulary, phonics, word recognition, and spelling. Check them out and share with us your feedback. Enjoy

1- Reading Pro by Hooked on Phonics

‘Reading Pro is an exciting new program with one valuable objective: To build strong, confident readers.Loaded with videos, games and stories, Reading Pro teaches 7 to 10-year-olds strategies for learning new words, and lets them practice reading them in the real world. The app will turn beginning and struggling readers into confident, fluent readers.’

2- One Minute Reader

‘One Minute Reader features interesting, nonfiction stories, packed with fascinating information. This engaging content taps into students' curiosity, so they want to find out more…One Minute Reader includes audio-supported definitions for selected vocabulary words in the stories, which helps readers learn the meanings and pronunciations of words they may find challenging…A quiz step asks questions about the story to make sure students think about what the story is about and the ideas in it. The questions focus on identifying the main idea, attending to details, vocabulary, and making connections in the text.’

3- Read Me Stories: Learn to Read

‘In just 15 minutes a day, teach your child to read with confidence using Read Me Stories. Read Me Stories is perfect for beginning readers. They will enjoy a completely tailored reading experience, starting at their current reading level, learning at their own pace, and graduating an awesome and confident little reader! It’s a positive introduction to reading and will nurture their education development.’

4- Monkey Junior 

‘Monkey Junior offers a comprehensive reading program for kids to learn to read with thousands of well-structured lessons in different levels and in multiple languages. Each lesson lasts from 7 to 10 minutes and kids can learn one or more lessons each day. No planning ahead, no preparation required for parents. It is fast, fun and effective…Monkey Junior adopts the whole word approach (i.e sight words) proposed by famous early education researchers such as Makato Shichida and Glenn Doman as well as traditional phonics approach. The curriculum is divided into three different reading levels: easy, medium and advanced, guiding your little readers to learn from individual sight words and phrases (with a total of 7,500 sight words, phrases) to sentence formation (over 2,000 sentences) along with a wide range of phonics rules (over 200 phonics sounds).’

5- Phonics: Fun on Farm

‘Discover how your child can turn from a non-reader to a reader in 12 fun and rigorous educational games! Our new Phonics: Fun on Farm app with its systematic phonics method of reading instruction uses the best practices for teaching reading. In this comprehensive package for beginning readers, we cover essential reading sub-skills including phoneme recognition, letter-sound relationships, letter writing, blending sounds to form words, spelling, and reading words and simple sentences.’