One of my favorite Phonics apps is the Reading Raven app. Now that my son has progressed in his reading and phonics skills I was thrilled to find the Reading Raven Vol 2 HD app. This extends the Reading Raven path to a higher level that is a little more advanced than the first Reading Raven app.
Reading Raven Volume 2 HD continues the Reading Raven series of superbly engaging learn-to-read games. Your child is ready to move on to Volume 2, if he or she can read or sound out simple words that follow the consonant-vowel-consonant pattern. If you are familiar with the first Reading Raven App then you will notice that the games and formats are similar but harder then the original reading raven app.
If you are looking for an App that is not just a games but also enforces Phonics then consider the Reading Raven apps.
As a firm believer in phonics for reading I am always looking for good phonics Apps. The Reading Raven HD iPad app is one of the few apps that start with a phonics based approach to reading.
Reading Raven Features
- Step-by-step curriculum lets kids learn at their own pace.
- Multi-sensory reading games that children find engaging.
- Based on proven phonics-based approach.
- Customizable for children ages 3 to 7.
Reasons why I recommend the Reading Raven App
What I appreciate most about the app is that in the beginning lessons, Reading Raven introduces very few sight words. I also like that Reading Raven has an emphasis on the letter sounds not the letter names. In the early lessons most of the games are based on sounds. Sounds are introduced a few at a time.
You can configure different users and different levels for each user.
Ages 3 and Up
– Letter matching
– Letter tracing
– Letter recognition
– Word matching
Ages 4 and Up
– Word beginnings
– Word building (spelling)
– Word spotting
Ages 5 and Up
– Reading aloud using voice recording
– Word tracing
– Word groups (rhyming and beginning sounds)
Be sure to check out Reading Raven.
Sky Fish Phonics by Knowbility is an app that some would consider more of a fun review game than a teaching educational app. It’s the closest app to a game that I have on the iPad. The goal of the game is to achieve different costumes for your fish. You get a new costume when you finish a level. You finish a level by shooting your fish through different obstacles. Some of the obstacles require you to choose the right sound or match words with sounds. The prize for finishing the level is a new costume for your fish.
There are several settings you can change.
Overall my boys had fun playing this game however it seemed like there was more entertainment than learning. I feel that the Phonics elements to the game were better then some games that claim to be based on phonics. Still I would recommend this game for reinforcing phonics but I would not use the app for a new learner.
I was thrilled to discover this app about Jamestown since we are studying American history this year. The app appears to come from Colonial Williamsburg because there are several videos that look like something that you would see at a museum. There are only a handful of History apps that are available so it was a welcome surprise to come across a free history app! The Early Jamestown app is a good quality free History app! There are pictures and videos throughout the app. The app is similar to an interactive iBook. The app goes through the history of Jamestown in chronological order.
Apparently the app only includes chapter 3 and Chapter 4. Maybe more will be added later as paid content but the app appears to cover most of the important stages of the early Jamestown history. There is discussion about the conflict with the Indians and other issues that early Jamestown colony encountered. The pictures are good and the videos are professional. The only issue I had was with the videos. The video window is so small that you always need to expand while playing. It would be nice if they automatically expand when you watch them.
On my iPad the Early Jamestown app is one the the best apps for homeschooling especially since its Free!