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Apps that help kids learn to read

Are you looking for an application (app) to help your kids learn to read? Ah, educational and distracting. Here’s my favorites apps that have the ABCs. Oh and P.S. it’s on the cheap!

It’s also a great use for those in ESL (English as a Second Language).

abcABC PocketPhonetics-Lite: letters, sounds & writing
(Apps in My Pocket Ltd.)

Great ‘first’ look at Phonics for kids. Uses three modes of teaching manipulation: sight, sound and writing (tactile).

This is really helping my son develop the relationship between sounds letters make and the words they make up.

abctracerABC Tracer Lite Free – Alphabet Flashcard tracing phonics and drawing

Great fine-motor skill practice. Kids get to trace letters. Has the alphabet, numbers and words.

ABC’s Free

My boys love the fact that it sings the alphabet and /or letters by pressing the arrow buttons on the botton of the app. They get to control the rhythm.

Baby Flash Cards
(Dream Cortex)

Helps kids learn vocabulary and practice memorization.

ICDL Books for Children
(ICDL Foundation)

– Old school books for your iPhone. Not a lot of stories, but it’s free.

Parents Magazine iPlay ‘n Learn
(Parents.com by Resolute Digital)

Letters, numbers, colors and shapes all in one!
It is broken down into three ways to play and learn: flash cards, tracing practice and quizzes.

Sight Words Free

-It shows and speaks the words.

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How Not to Talk to Your Kids -The inverse power of praise.

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I’m recommending that you read Po Bronson’s article from New York Magazine.

The Power and Peril of Praising Your Kids
New York Magazine – Po Bronson


As a former educator, I was also appalled by the overuse of praise in an effort to uplift student’s self-esteem. I didn’t want to use purple pens when correcting, because a wrong answer is wrong, no matter what the color. I did want to encourage my students to learn from their mistakes and not be chastised.
As a parent, I’ve shamelessly fallen into this trap. My kid is what I would consider, “spoiled”. I have rewarded and bribed him to do what I ask or rewarded him for the right answer, but not the effort taken into getting the problem solved. Good article to help remind us all that there needs to be a balance and praise placed appropriately. The goal of school is not to only get an A+ but to learn to LEARN.

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