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Welcoming young children into the world of reading is an exciting process which varies according to the needs of a given child, parent, or teacher. So let’s look at these five app selections that model ways in which touchscreen experiences can enhance one’s entrance into reading. Whether focusing on story structure, gameplay, or student tracking, they are all valuable tools for early reading.

The app version of Penelope HD remains quite true to the original text, giving focus to story content and the rich language involved in the act of storytelling. Your young child does not have to decode the words contained within this interactive app tale to reap its benefits. Even throughout later elementary years, it is important that students have literature read aloud to them at readability levels that surpasses their current stage. In early childhood, this means most books will be read aloud to kids. Now apps can help. Both boys and girls love Penelope’s spunk, drama, and sense of adventure (and so will you).

At the other end of a spectrum is the app Duck Duck Moose Reading HD, offering educational games that hone in on specific early reading skills that connect to Common Core curriculum at the kindergarten level. Formerly titled Kindergarten Reading, this app still presents the same lessons and tracks student progress in short vowels, long vowels, and consonant sounds (both in isolation, and within words).

The Word Monsters: Learn To Read "Hello!” by Mindconnex is unusual in that it offers a very simplistic text for kids to read, but it also has a small helper character that can be called upon with the tap of a finger to give explicit information about the procedural business involved in reading. Children, parents, and teachers alike can use the assistance of this helpful little monster. Thanks!

Bob Books have been helping young ones learn to read for over three decades and the new touchscreen version called Bob Books Reading Magic Set 1 will feel like magic to those just on the cusp of learning to read.

Last but not least is one of my most favorite interactive books. Collins Big Cat: It Was A Cold, Dark Night Story Creator. This app endears children with a small woodland hedgehog searching for a warm cozy home in which to live. It artfully blends the expressive aspects of a player’s storytelling with their receptive skills of reading. Love that!

Comments & Suggestions Have a suggestion for an educational app for this category you think we should feature? Let us know.

  • Erika Kerekes:

    Has anyone seen research that these kinds of apps help kids learn to read earlier? Would love to see it.

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