Helping children learn to read should be a fun and enjoyable experience. The Joy of Reading is a reading app for preschool and kindergarten kids, with a comprehensive collection of 9 multi-level games designed to encourage early reading. Kids will progress along the reading journey with the support from their favorite animals. The app evaluates the child’s reading level, and systematically provides practice at the right level for the kids, starting with letter sounds, phonics, to sight words and simple sentences.
The app is developed with early reading specialist from McGill University, Dr. Robert Savage, and incorporates English Common Core State Standards. It targets the following foundational skills in reading that is expected from Kindergarteners: Phonemic Awareness, Letter Tracing, Letter recognition, Rhyming, blending of sounds, Differentiation of long and short vowel sounds, Spelling, Recognition of compound words, Recollection of common high-frequency words, Reading emergent reader texts with fluency.
I like the visual and interactive learning design. For example, for the beginning sound practice, kids will see a bucket and 3 apples of different colors. Kids are asked to put the apples of the correct beginning sound into the basket. Kids then can tap on each apple to hear the sound from each, and choose the one with the correct beginning sound and drop it into the basket. If kids choose the correct one, the apple will stay in the basket; if kids choose the wrong one, the apple will come out of the basket on itself.
The instructions are very clear as what kids have to do at each stage. There are not many initial words on the app, but parents and teachers can add more words in the word list. Parents and teachers are able to track each child’s progress by signing up a free account.
The Joy of Reading is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad. It is $3.99 on App Store. It is currently on sale for 50% off.
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