Below is a list of four iPad apps teachers and parents can use with kids to enhance their reading skills. These apps target different areas related to improving kids reading and literacy. They provide practice on key comprehension skills such as developing word awareness, sequencing, sentence fluency, and reading speed. Have a look and share with us if you have other suggestions to add to the list. Enjoy.
“Hideout teaches kids how to read through a series of fun activities that emphasize letter-sound association and word repetition. These activities make use of blending and reading short vowel words within meaningful contexts. Interactive activities highlight a core of words that share a phonic pattern. Engaging activities, set within relevant situations, provide meaning and purpose for reading and creating words.”
2- Collins Big Cat (update: no longer working)
“Develop your children’s reading and writing skills with It Was a Cold, Dark Night interactive book and Story Creator, from the primary literacy specialists at Collins Education. Also available: The Steam Train and Around the World.The perfect way to develop essential literacy skills and transfer good reading to great writing. This book has been carefully levelled for children aged 5+.”
3- Just Me and My Mom
“Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he spends the day in the city with his mom. Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. From the train station to the museum, how will Little Critter do in the big city?”
4- The Three Little Pigsc(update: no longer working)
“It is time for the little pigs to leave their mother and make their own homes. They each build a new house, one from straw, one from wood and the other one from bricks. But they better watch out – there is a nasty wolf about! The story is 16 pages long and just perfect for a bed-time read.”