Our Izaiah ventured to BIG KID school this year. He is so excited, we are 5 weeks in and thanks to an awesome teacher – he loves going to school. We have had to explain to him each Saturday and Sunday the teachers need a break and that he can’t go to school on the weekends.
Seeing this is our third child to put thru Kindergarten, I didn’t think much about Izaiah entering school (other than sadness because ANOTHER baby is off to school.) Well parents, it appears Kindergarten is serious business when it comes to learning now. It’s been 5 years since our last was here, and it feels like a big shift from play to education has taken place since then. I’m not totally opposed to this – I just feel like we were unprepared.
With all of the excitement Izaiah is feeling for the new year, there is frustration in the learning department. We have already been given our second set of weekly readers to help him on this path. Every kid is different, our first kid was reading before she turned 4. Our second caught on quickly, but he was in Kindergarten and I swear it wasn’t until later in the year. So I don’t feel bad Izaiah not reading going into Kindergarten, but we do have some work to do.
We’ve found a handful of great apps that have really helped acclimate Izaiah with his letters and beginning to read. While we do flash cards and early reader books, this kid is like most kids and if you give him a tablet he will be sucked into it until you take it away. We’ve turned this bad into good and equipped the iPad with apps that will help teach.
5 Learning to Read iPad Apps
If you are in the same boat as we are with an early reader, here are a few iPad apps that have helped us.
Sight Words Learning Game and Flash Cards
Sight Words Learning Game and Flash Cards is a free iPad app with additional in-app purchases. The game stores “players” so if you have more than one child, this is a great feature. From word machine, where a word is read and your kids choose the word to memory games and flash cards – this app is well built and engaging for kids in the early reader stage. You can unlock additional levels for Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, nouns and all words for an additional fee.
We are subscribers of ABC Mouse and long time fans. The biggest issue was in the past, ABC Mouse was primarily for use on the computer. Our younger kids are mostly on the iPad (if your toddler sits on the computer, check out our best toddler websites list). If you are looking for an engaging program for kids and don’t mind paying a few bucks a month, definitely check out ABC Mouse (and the ABC Mouse app.)
*Make sure to read our ABC Mouse Review
First Words Sampler
First Words Sampler app is great for introducing letter concept. It’s a simple game that will have your child rearranging letters to make words. The letters show so it’s really a match game, but helps your child learn by introducing each letter when the child touches the letter or makes a word. Bonus, the app is free!
Read Me Stories
Read Me Stories app give your child the option of having a book read to them, or they can read the book themselves. The stories are simple in nature. If choosing the “read to” option the words to what is read is highlighted which is great for showing the child which word is which. This is great for the early reader.
Phonics and Letter Sounds School
Phonics and Letter Sounds School was created from the same people who did the Sight Words Learning Game and Flash Cards. It’s very well put together with multiple activities for kids to enjoy. There are several in-app purchase points, but several options that are free as well.
What has been working to help your child read? Leave a comment, I would love to know!
We hope these apps help you as you help your child learn to read.
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Mom to 4 kids, Molly aka Digital Mom is the blogger-in-chief here at digitalmomblog.com. Talking technology and mom life, Molly shares the realities of parents digital kids.