Sunday, December 8, 2013

Apps for Readers and Writers Who Struggle

Perhaps what I like best about this riding this internet is that you really can learn something new every day!
Over at a site called Moms of Dyslexics, they reviewed Apps a few months ago that popped up on my Pinterest through my ASCD...a long and windy worth sharing as you might not have "bumped" into them on the internet!


Spell Trekking-Free:  Your child will learn to spell while trekking through space on the S.S. Spell Trek.  The multi-sensory approach makes it a solid choice for children with dyslexia and who struggle with reading.  It taps into the visual strength of dyslexic children to produce confidence in the area of spelling.  The app is simple, visually appealing, and geared toward children ages 5 to 12. The child can chose a visual background color to make reading the text on the app comfortable.  The keys on the touch keyboard are colored and the letters are in a comic sans font which helps dyslexics differentiate letters.

Letter Quiz-Free and Full Version-$1.99: Consists of four games to help your child learn letter recognition and writing practice.  Many dyslexics have difficulty with rote memory and that includes recognizing letters or remembering the sequence of the alphabet.  This app will encourage letter recognition through a series of flashcards as well as matching upper and lowercase letters.  Writing practice is easy for any age since the letter takes up the full screen and dotted lines guide little fingers.   The process will not only improve handwriting but solidify letter recognition. 

See Read Say-$1.99:  The visual nature of a dyslexic can make learning sight words difficult.  This was certainly the case with my child.  See Read Say contains all 220 Dolch Sight Words.  The words are separated into grade level.  The app is simple in design and concept yet effective for sight word memorization.  If your child sees a word she does not recognize she can push a button to hear it.  The app keeps track of performance and rewards with a star system.

Phonics Genius-Free:  Phonetic awareness is essential to reading and this app takes it to a new level.  The app contains thousands of words grouped into 225 phonic categories.  You have the ability to change the font size and color.  If you have Dropbox, you can import your own content.  I have not found a flashcard app with more versatility.  The cards are self-checking with a simple touch of the sound symbol. The app has aided my daughter in distinguishing sounds that were difficult for her.

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