Apps are an inexpensive and relatively new way to engage your child in literacy at any age! Struggling with reading is difficult for both the parent and child, so hopefully these apps can help. Let me know if you try any of these out! I've written a short review of each app, and all of these apps are free.
In Opposite Ocean, Luna and Leo must master the magic of words by correctly identify the antonym that is the opposite of the given keyword. Children earn pearls when they drag the correct bubble word to the enchanted clam. I think this game is super fun and easy to learn!
Type: Reading Comprehension
Tap N Learn: Learn to Spell
This app has three different modes allow children to listen and learn words, match-up letter blocks to form the name of the item featured, and finally drag blocks to form words without any prompts.
Type: Print Awareness
ABC Magic Reading
An app to teach basic reading skills to children learning how to read. Through games and a focus on segmenting and blending, the app helps children develop basic phonetic awareness and pre-reading skills. The app has a built-in feature to encourage reading skills, rather than dependence on pictures.
This app helps beginning readers develop their reading skills. It has 160 flash cards, which test phonics, sounding out, sight words and sentences. A special section, "Tips for Parents," offers advice on how to use the program as a tool.
Type: Reading Skills
iPlay & Sing
Targeting preschoolers and children who have not yet learned how to read, this app uses games and positive reinforcement to teach early development
skills. Games include letter tracings, sequencing, mazes and nursery rhymes (a recording feature lets the kids tape themselves and play it back); voice prompts help children learn the games. They earn happy faces and stars for correct answers!
Josh & Emma go to the Beach
This app teaches reading skills along with colors, numbers and objects. The story follows Josh and Emma, who ask the reader questions such as, "What's next to the big rock?" As the narrator follows aloud, the reader answers by selecting the object and quantity of his or her choice.
K12 Timed Reading Practice
This app works with children's reading skills to improve reading fluency. The app has 25 stories (targeting children in grade K-4) and 10 difficulty levels. The stories are a mix of fiction and non-fiction, and are timed to track students' reading progress and words per minute.
Type: Reading Comprehension and Speed
Read Me Stories 30 Book Library
This app features 30 books for children, complete with music and sounds. The books feature words and concepts to help children improve their reading skills.
Sight Words Learning Games & Flashcards
This is a wonderful education app for beginning readers, ages 2-7. The games are easy to play and a lot of fun!
iTooch Elementary School
This app has it all- language arts, math, science, and health! Broken down by age groups and suitable for ages 6-11, iTooch has something for every student. Language Arts includes: Reading, Writing and Composition, Grammar, Vocabulary Booster, and Communication. Math includes: Numbers and Operations, Algebraic Structures, Data Analysis or Statistics, Graphs or Functions, and Geometry. Health includes: Nutrition, Medical Musts, Physical Activity/Sports, Growth and Development, and Safety.