We need to prepare students for their future, not our past. –Ian Jukes
These reading apps for kids are sure to spark some interest and develop a love for literacy. I searched and reviewed many apps to find these five that are filled with good reading skills as well as free.
1. The Forest Kingdom (3 Complete Fairy Tale Books)
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ages 6-8 years old
Putting together puzzles is a visual discrimination skill which is a precursor to reading well. This puzzle app helps develop visual discrimination, and you can change the puzzles for many options.
It has a text-highlighted audio read-along option to help beginning readers who need assistance. Kids earn points and stickers when they read. The app comes with 20 free books when you first install it.
iPad iPhone, iPod Touch
The StoryKit app has four beautifully illustrated classic stories for young readers to use as a launching point for their own creative writing skills.
After reading the books, kids can alter the stories to fit their own narratives, or provide their own illustrations and pics. The app is a favorite of many classroom teachers, as well as children, because of its versatility
Chicktionary for iPad is an award-winning app to help your children hone their spelling skills. Make as many words as you can from the seven letters on the chickens. Clucking chickens encourage you, and squawk when you make a mistake. This free version has 12 games. If you get stuck making words, give your device a shake to shuffle the hens. The Android version is available on the Android Market.
100 Young Readers books: Both fiction and non-fiction written for children and teenagers. Read on your Apple iPad, Nook, Kobo, iPhone and others. All are public domain and include classic titles such as Little Women, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Secret Garden.
Please let me know what you think of these free reading apps for kids. What apps do you use to supplement reading skills for your kids? Let’s talk about it.
Pamela Hall is a mom and the founder of Literate For Life. Their mission is to educate, encourage, and empower people, particularly children, to be literate for life through their blog community and relevant, applicable seminars and programs.
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