A Chart Featuring Some of The Best iPad Apps for Early Literacy Learners

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June 9, 2014
The iTunes app store is teeming with all kinds of different apps to use with your students but when it comes to sifting the bad from the good the task gets a little bit tricker. It becomes a time-consuming chore that most teachers would shun away from. Hence the importance of having a handy list of trusted educational app resources to check for new updates and releases.

I have spent most of the day today working on this list of iPad apps for early literacy learners. I have carefully curated this list to include the best iPad apps that can help you  give your kids a head start in literacy learning. These apps cover different literacy skills including phonics, oral language, and early spelling and reading. This chart is also available for download from this link.

Name of The App
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Developed by a licensed Speech Language Pathologist. It enables kids to develop sequencing and storytelling skills. It offers more than 35 dynamic sequencing exercises using different animations to keeps kids engaged.
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It engages kids in alphabet learning through taking photos of each letter and turning it into a short movie. Kids can use different frames for their photos and will have trophies for their achievements. Movies created on ABC Spy can be easily shared with others or even uploaded to YouTube.

Teaches kids the art of handwriting through the use of delightful and bright colours and high quality graphics and effects.
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Helps kids identify the sounds making up words. The app uses over 200 interactive pictures to develop kids sight-sound correlation skills.  In this application, children will be presented with one or eight pairs of items and they have to figure out which items rhyme.

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Aligned with Common Core Standards, Word Wagon teaches kids letters, phonics and spelling using 4 different levels of learning.
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Match the letters and listen to the song! First Letters teaches the youngest iPhone kids about letter shapes, letter names and phonics. The game includes two original renditions of the Alphabet Song by popular children's musician Debi Derryberry.
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Word Wizard is a unique app that lets kids hear the sounds of letters and words using a talking movable alphabet. Featuring advanced text to speech capabilities, the app can pronounce and spell-check an unlimited number of original words and sentences built using the movable alphabet.
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Helps toddlers learn about the alphabet system using a wide variety of tools including: a guided A to Z touchable tour, hands-on interactive letter toys, matching games ( match letter keys to type a word), and easy letter and word drawing.
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Phonics Studio is geared towards teaching your kids the proper pronunciation of words through engaging and high quality images and over 2500 flash cards.
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Teaches children new words through sight, sound & touch. Let them chop celery, cook pasta, slice strawberries & more through beautiful pictures, lively videos, and interactive scenes.
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An amazing, intuitive game to learn all about letters and numbers: writing, counting, phonics and more. Kids practice essential skills as they play four exciting games per letter/number.
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This is an exciting educational game that helps your child rapidly learn the ABCs by sight, sound, and touch. The interface is so easy to use that even a 9 month old baby will delight in using this app. Ideal for ages 0 to 6.
With plenty of interactive games based on the classic nursery rhyme, Hickory Dickory Dock will keep your child entertained with fun animations and sound effects while helping develop key skills.
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PocketPhonics teaches kids letter sounds, first words and handwriting. It is used in hundreds of elementary schools and pre-schools, and tens of thousands of homes. It is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
Helps kids learn to count in 5 different stimulating ways : Learn to count by touch ,Learn to count up in order ,  Learn to count down in order,  Drag and count up,and Drag and count down.
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This is a good app for teaching kids storytelling. you create your own Pigeon stories with your pal, Mo Willems. Just follow as the Bus Driver asks you for your ideas—then shake the Pigeon. Your story is ready! Sit back and enjoy the show.
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This is a good game for teaching kids letters. Swim through the undersea ocean to choose a letter, and then practice writing the letter using guided strokes against a backdrop unique to each letter. Watch an eerie nautilus float by as you draw an "N", or watch a volcanic undersea vent erupt as you draw a "V".
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Use the radio telescopes to choose a letter, and then practice writing the letter using guided strokes against an animated backdrop unique to each letter. See celestial gasses collapsing on a quasar as you draw a "Q", or follow along with a streaming comet as you draw a "C".

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