My daughter, Margaret, learned to read the summer before kindergarten. One thing that really seemed to help her learn was playing reading apps on the iPad. Here are three that she loved:
Teach Your Monster to Read
Best for: Learning site words
This app was Margaret’s favorite. It is really well-done – great graphics, very game-like, and most important – fun! It is also the least annoying to listen to – it is narrated with a nice British accent. The first level (Teach Your Monster to Read – First Steps) is very simple – but the second (Teach Your Monster to Read 2 – Fun with Words) and third levels (Teach Your Monster to Read 3 – Champion Reader) are great for kids who are learning to read and need help with site word and letter blends. Since the activities change quickly, I felt like Margaret learned more if I sat with her while she played. It is $4.99 for the app on iTunes – which is pretty pricey – but the computer version is free.
Bob Books Apps
Best for: Beginning readers
There are a bunch of these apps (Bob Books #1, Bob Books #2, Bob Books #3, Bob Books Reading Magic Site words). The apps are just like the books: same simple drawings and same plodding structure. But this app was easy enough for Margaret to play on her own. It wasn’t as fun or exciting as some of the other apps – but I definitely felt like she was learning.
Monkey Preschool Apps
Best for: Pre-reading and preschoolers
All three of my kids played these apps (they have been around for awhile!). They are great for preschoolers who are learning letters. For younger kids – Monkey Preschool Lunchbox is a great learning game. It covers all sorts of preschool skills like matching, sorting, and counting. It also includes letter identification. Monkey Word School is a good choice for kids who are learning to read.
Do your kids have a favorite reading app?