The Best iPhone and iPad Apps for Early ReadersSarah James
Once my son turned 3 years old, he was reading just about anything he could get his hands on. Actually, at just shy of 39 months, while playing and chatting in your neighbors’ garage, Wito grabbed a huge book off a shelf, walked up to our neighbor, and asked, “why do you have a book called Japanese Knife Making Techniques?” You can imagine the look on our neighbor’s face. It was pretty hilarious, I must admit. Around that time, we considered Wito a true reader – able to clearly and accurately sound out the majority of words, and read most (grade school level and beyond) books. Here’s a look.
Hey, I’ve got a question…who’s sick of watching my kid read? OH MY GOD, I AM.
Moving along! Besides books, Wito was totally into apps that encouraged literacy. Here are our top 8 apps for toddlers and/or preschoolers, but please leave your faves in the comments as well, so we can all check ’em out!
1. Monkey Preschool Lunchbox – The #1 preschool game in the app store. It’s a collection of six exciting educational games for your toddler/preschooler (ages 2 to 5), and it’s truly addictive.
2. Preschool Adventure – Contains eighteen educational activities parents can do with their young toddlers and preschoolers, and the music and graphics are adorable!
3. Weet Woo! – This app isn’t a game, but a program that sorts YouTube videos by age and interest. For instance, I can choose Video Age Group 3-5, and then a category like “Animals” or “Learn,” and it immediately pulls up tons of educational videos about that subject. So awesome.
4. ABC Phonics – Animal flashcards and matching. It’s not as robust as the above mentioned, but Wito loved to mess around with it.
5. Giraffe’s Matching Zoo – Darling graphics, and super for memory retention,
6. WordSearch Kids HD – Wito loves word search games, and this one has subject matter perfect for kiddos (colors, fruit, toys, etc.).
7. Fish School HD – Letters, numbers, shapes, colors, and matching. 2011 Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner – Parents’ Choice Foundation.
8. Super Why – Practice the alphabet, rhyming, spelling, writing and reading with the four main characters from the TV series.
Now, it’s been a couple of years since we were heavy into those apps, so I’d love to hear about any new ones you’ve seen. Oldies but goodies are awesome too, though! Let’s hear ’em!