Back to School App Favorites
“What are the best apps for back to school?” is a question BridgingApps is asked throughout the year. It is tricky business to state which apps are the best because like many things in life~ parents have different definitions of “best !” For some it may mean easiest to use (think hit the ground running) or high quality graphics~ for others it might be apps that track data (is she making progress?) or apps that have sharing features to communicate with their child’s teachers or therapists. Even among our team~ we have lively discussions about which apps we love the most and why.
At BridgingApps we ask reviewers to look at many different aspects of an app when trialing It with a child who has a disability. We look at alignment with curriculum standards, accessibility features, ease of use, customization features, level of developer support, high quality graphics, and the list goes on. Ultimately our goal is to offer as much detail as possible to allow parents to make informed decisions before purchasing and downloading an app to use with their child. Of course this process involves trial and error, so we invite you to try one or two!
Whatever your definition of best, we have some excellent apps with proven track records that have been vetted for you to consider trying .. With back to school right around the comer, we have put together an app list that focuses on various stages of reading development, writing, note-taking apps, telling time, and schedules. Get your app on!
Starfall Learn to Read
By Starfall Education
Starfall.com has been a staple of Pre-K and kindergarten classrooms since 2002. Learn to Read is a fun and interactive app targeted at emerging readers, ages 3-6 that helps children learn to read by giving them tutorials in short vowels, long vowels, phonics and chunking. Children are able to read their way through different categories, which include short vowels, long vowels, and phonics and chunking. Within each of the sections there are a number of different interactive games to help children practice their skills. The app has a variety of activities to do once the child gets into each category, including stories, word sorting, picture hunts, and more.
Super Why! Power to Read
By PBS KIDS
An app targeted at emerging readers ages 3-6 that teaches phonemic sounds, letter writing, spelling short words and beginning reading comprehension. Features the four main characters from the show Super Why. Alpha Pig leads a spelling game where the user Is asked to spell a word. A rhyming game Is played with Wonder Red. Kids play along with Princess Presto to work on letter sounds, tracing and word construction. And Super Why leads Story Saver where the child is presented with incomplete sentences and is asked to fill in the blank with 3 word choices.
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