Chances are you have been out and about and you have noticed that almost everyone uses their iPhone, iPad, or even another tablet for reading, surfing the net and more. There are tons of apps for everything these days, and there are even some fantastic apps for kids to help them learn their letters, read, and identify the sounds that go with those letters.
Today we are reviewing an app that is perfect for parents in helping their kids get an early start with their education.
We Read Better Reviews ABC Shakedown
Summary: the app store describes this app as a way to not only help parents teach their children early language skills, but it’s a tool that helps engage the kids with interaction and animation. The images coupled with the letters and someone sounding out the words is a winning combination to help parents teach their kids how to read, but it will help them progress with their spelling as well.
The activities in this app teach the following:
- Cognitive Skills
- Cognitive Skills
- Early Language Development and Literacy
Screen Shots and Examples
Using the free version of this app, I was able to try it out and discover the functions of each section.
This app has three sections to use including “Play”, “see it, say it”, and “hear it, hit it”. I tried out the “Play” option and the “see it, say it” option.
Play Example: When you press the button for “Play”, you get an image with the letter in the top left-hand corner. They can press the image in the middle of the screen and hear the name of the letter ”A” sounded out as it would be used when saying the world “apple”.
This example is for the letter “A”, showing the upper and lower case of the letter along with the image of the apple.
See it and Say it Example: I chose to try out the “see it, say it” section as well, which is also effective in teaching kids how to read. When your kids use this section, they will have to identify the correct letter with the object. They can drag that letter down and drop it onto the image, and if they get it right they will see some animation which encourages them to choose the right letter. If they get it wrong, they won’t hear anything, so they will have to go back and choose again!
This example is for the letter “Q”, correlating with the image of the Queen.
Can you see how effective this if for teaching kids how to learn their letters, identify them with the right images and sound them out? This is a great teaching tool for kids and parents, because they can get a jumpstart on their education, and it can all be done with the iPhone.
I found using this app to be addictive, and I can see why it is so effective! It’s fun, and you can take it anywhere!
Video Review of ABC Shakedown
This app is a MUST have, and is beneficial for teaching your kids important language skills. Because it can be used on your iPhone you can take it anywhere, and it can be used on the iPad as well, giving them a much bigger screen to play.
Which apps should We Read Better check out for future reviews? Do you have a favorite that has helped and/or entertained your child?