The growth in popularity of tablets and e-readers has seen a change in the way that we read. Books have now gone interactive, and this brings with it huge advantages, especially in the area of children’s books. Interactive elements have made books even more exciting for kids, and this new way to approach reading has made the process of learning to read more fun and rewarding than ever before.
Here are five iOS apps that you can download that your kids will love using to improve their reading.
1. Reading Raven
This hugely popular app provides a highly customizable way for children to learn to read, allowing you to adjust the app to your child’s age and reading level. The app teaches everything from phonics to full reading in a fun and engaging way. It includes lots of games and activities, and learners are encouraged to go at their own pace. Rewards for learning and the beautiful artwork help to make the app even more enjoyable to use. Users can even record their voices to help them hear what words sound like.
2. Dr. Seuss’s ABC
Dr. Seuss’s ABC app is based on the original book of the same name, and provides a fun-filled interactive experience for readers. Recommended for ages 2 to 6, it allows kids to record their voices and share them with other people who have the app. The funny pictures, words, and sound effects bring humor to the learning experience, and the different ways to read, including ‘Read to Me’ and ‘Read to Myself’, mean it is adaptable to the user’s own preferences.
3. Read Me Stories: Learn to Read App
This beautiful app for ages 4 to 8 is based on the popular learn-to-read system that has been around for years. The whole aim of the app is to make reading enjoyable so that children will grow up with a love of reading. The idea behind it is that it encourages children to read a bit every day, but it is designed to be read at any pace. Reading level assessments also allow users to get their own personalized libraries for their reading level.
4. Marbleminds Phonics
This app is focused on phonics, which is an important first step towards learning to read. The clear exercises in this simple app make sure there are no distractions while still providing a lot of fun. It contains a large collection of pictures, along with voice effects and a rewards system whereby the users collect marbles.
5. Eggy Words
This app from Reading Eggs provides the perfect way for children to learn sight words in a more interactive way. It has three ability levels, and when a sight word is shown, the child has to crack the egg that has the same word. There are 10 levels with 250 words on each level, and it is designed for age 3 and up. It also has a free version so you can give it a go before you buy the full version.
Try the Apps for Yourself
These are just five of the best apps that you can use with your children to help them learn how to read. The interactive elements of the apps will make learning fun and will turn learning to read into a game. Try them out for yourself, and explore the App Store further to find other great apps that will help your child to learn to read in a more enjoyable way.
Glenn Andert currently serves as the CEO of 8Interactive, which developed the app, Learn To Read. Glenn says his job is fun, creative, and he loves the positive comments they get from parents all over the world.