Two weeks ago we posted 5 Innovative Ways to Get Kids Reading This Summer, this week we have 5 MORE Innovative Ways to Prevent Summer Slide. The following apps have withstood the test of time and are still some of the top reading apps around. They may not be brand new, but they are keepers.
How to get (or keep) kids reading over the summer is a common discussion this time of year. Did you know your child can lose up to three month’s worth of reading progress in one summer? You can help defeat this loss by finding time to read with your child and by uploading some dynamite apps. Teachers With Apps has some super suggestions that will definitely get and keep your kids reading this summer!
e Skills Minimod™ Reading for Details – e Skills Learning has an extensive reading series. We’ve tried almost all of them and find that kids really like the succinctness of the passages and once they start, they won’t stop reading until they get BINGO. One of our favorites, Reading for Details, has students read an engaging story (approximately 100 words) about an inventor and his/her invention. The student will be asked a reading for detail question (who, what, why, when, where) and will be given 3 answer choices. An incorrect response allows the student to read the passage again and select a different answer. This week the New York Times Magazine section featured, “Who Made That?” This article reminded us of this particular app and how engaging it is to read about inventors and their inventions.
Single Player – The student plays a bingo-like game against the computer. Answering a reading for details question correctly allows the student to place a marker on the game card. 5 markers in a pattern wins the game. Multi Player – The student plays a bingo-like game against another student. The first student to fill his/her game card with 5 markers in a pattern wins the game.
Levels of Difficulty
Red Level – Reading Levels 2.0 to 3.5
Blue Level – Reading Levels 3.5 to 5.0
Green Level – Reading Levels 5.0 to 6.5
Reading Raven Vol 2 HD by Early Ascent – The developer of the popular Reading Raven app series, introduced the second app in the series of Reading Raven in April. Since the first app in the award-winning series was released, Reading Raven quickly earned recognition as one of the very best learn-to-read games in the education category. Volume 2 continues the superbly engaging learning series with new lessons and step-by step activities that help young children build a solid foundation for reading. The first Reading Raven app teaches kids to read words that follow the consonant-vowel-consonant pattern like, “Tim sat on a cat”. Reading Raven Volume 2 HD teaches kids to read more complex words and sentence structures that include digraphs and blends such as in “Mom brings Meg a gift”. With more words at their command, young readers are gradually given more complex stories to read and greater opportunities to expand their skill set. Educators, parents and reviewers praise Reading Raven for the app’s strong educational foundation and innovative use of design. This is just part of the reason Reading Raven has consistently ranked among the top 300 iPad apps across all categories, with hundreds of thousands of children using the app to learn to read at home and at school. Volume 2 delivers even more reading adventures and fun learning activities as kids encounter an endearing cast of pterodactyls, robot-assembly factories, camera-friendly meerkats, flying fish, and more, all while they work their way through each of the lessons.
Brush of Truth, developed by Story Bayou, Inc., is an extremely clever interactive book app. It can be customized for the needs of the reader, by the reader. In Brush of Truth, two tweens discover an enchanted paintbrush created by a medieval sorcerer. The paintbrush is magical – whatever you paint with it comes to life! There are many adventures to be found in Brush of Truth. Some of these adventures include helping a sea goddess find the key to the oceans dying sea life, exploring dark tunnels under the earth, and fleeing talking vultures. What makes Brush of Truth a great storybook app? According to reluctant readers, there is something about Brush of Truth, which sets it apart from other interactive storybook apps. In fact, it puts the user in the perspective of the character in the story; the story is told in second person. This specific app allows the user to choose how the story will actually unfold. Throughout the story, there are 65 checkpoints, which are opportunities in which the reader is faced with a decision to make. The reader never knows what will happen next – it all depends on the choice that he/she makes. The book features twenty possible endings and the user has the ability to go back in the story and make new choices that will yield new characters and new endings.
Phonics Genius, by Alligator Apps – This app is specifically designed to help students recognize and distinguish words by sounds. Phonics Genius is a reading teachers dream! All words are grouped by sounds that different letter combinations make. Letter/s-sound correspondence is one of the most common ways to learn how to read, and recognize words through phonemic awareness. This app is specifically designed to help students recognize and distinguish words by sounds in the beginning, middle, or end, of words. It has over 6,000 words strategically grouped into 225 categories. The professionally recorded words and super clean interface make this a terrific learning experience. Lots of options to change it up, listen first – turn the volume off and read a second time, and the kids’ favorite, record your own voice for an instant playback. This app gets used everyday in the classroom, it would be great for those students needing more work on their decoding skills to spend some time with this app.
Sentence Maker, by Grasshopper Apps – Insanely educational, easy to use, and extremely customizable. Sentence Maker is a FUN app that will help the younger children with language skills as they are immersed in words and proper sentence formation. Sentence Maker is an exciting interactive game that helps children learn to make and complete their own sentences, all with just the touch of a finger. This app provides opportunities for 2, 3, 4 and 5 word combinations when creating sentences. BEST PART: it is totally customizable! It features the ability to change the pictures, words, sentences, sound and sentence length. It also allows options of sentence order (alphabetical or random), word order (right to left, left to right, any order), word case (upper, lower, capitalized), along with settings to turn on/off sound, sentence hints, visual hints, word hints or the tile magnet. Add your own voice – now your toddler can learn everything in mommy’s or daddy’s voice. Sentence Maker is an incredible multi-sensory learning tool – combining seeing, hearing, and tactile feedback. Grasshopper Apps has many other choices for beginning reading, raving teachers, parents, and kids from all over the world endorse their learning apps!