Kindergarten Apps for Reading
One of the questions that gets asked a lot in the Simply Kinder Teacher Facebook Group is about Kindergarten Apps for Reading. So we compiled a list of FREE apps that are recommended again and again into one big list to reference.
Practiced Skills: listening, reading, comprehension
This app is free to elementary teachers living in the United States and Canada. Your students can read and/or listen to over 10,000 popular titles. Epic offers teachers the options to assign specific texts to students, monitor your students’ progress and send home weekly reports to parents. Perfect for a listening center, just add a set of headphones.
Practiced Skills: sight words
This app is very basic. However, if you add some manipulatives (magnetic letters, playdough with stamps, stickers) to it, it could be the perfect your students need. The Sight Word app displays a sight word on the screen and reads the sight word to the student. The student taps the screen to go to the next word. This app contains 315 Dolch sight words….but wait Fry words teachers – this app has the option to add your own words/list and delete the cards you wish. There are several options to modify this app to meet the needs of all of your students needing sight word practice.
Practiced Skills: letter sounds and spelling
This app offers practice for spelling 90 words (mostly cvc). Each word provides a picture for a given words, it pronounces the word and offers all the letters to spell the word. The student is to put the letters in order to correctly spell the word. If an incorrect letter is tried to place the letter is returned to its original place.
Practiced Skills: letter practice, sight word practice
This app contains only the uppercase letters of the alphabet. It is designed to resemble good ole magnetic letters. The students could use this app to practice the order of letters, the spelling of their name or the spelling of sight words (with a set of provided cards).
Practiced Skills: letter sound, letter recognition, cvc/word families, word building through substitution
The graphic and sound effects in this app keep the student engaged and wanting to play this game. The student is able to reinforce many important reading skills while using this app. Multiple user can use this app but individual student work can not be saved.
Practiced Skills: vowel sounds, reading, spelling
This app allows students to spell 120+ words. Cimo Spelling Sound Out lite is available for multiple users. These words are not sight words. They include words with blends, onset, and rime. They are more challenging than your basic cvc word practice. The words are divided into certain vowel sounds to help with spelling. Cimo (a penguin) is asked to spell a given word from letters provided. Each word is given orally to the player. After each correctly spelled word Cimo is rewarded with a fish. Once Cimo has collected the required amount of fish for that level, he can move on to the next vowel team. The teacher can control the settings of how many words are required to be spelled correctly before a student is allowed to move on to the next level. The teacher can also select a self-correcting feature for the students that would benefit. Progress reports of the work completed are also available for the teacher and parents. This is a great way to hold each user accountable.
Practiced Skills: simple sentence formation
This app is great for your beginning writer. I really like that it uses real life pictures. The sentences start out very simple two word phrases and scaffolds as the student completes the activities. Visual, sentence and word hints are available to modify the needs of each of your students. It also has the features for you to add your own pictures and your own voice to the activities.
Practiced Skills: creativity, fluency
This app allows students to create a lip syncing video using chosen sock puppets. Sock Puppets is a wonderful app for your most creative and outgoing student. I think it would be great to practice fluency while reading a weekly poem, thematic song, or readers theatre. These videos can be saved and shared with the class (and on social media…so be careful).
Practiced Skills: Nursery Rhyme comprehension and fluency
This app would be the perfect supplement for any of your nursery rhyme themed units. Students are able to manipulate felt pieces to create the scenes from 8 different Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Add a printout of each of the nursery rhymes included and have the students read it while creating their scene.
Practiced Skills: fluency, expression and creativity
This app allows you to upload any picture or drawing and animate it by recording your voice. I think this app would be perfect to have a student create a drawing from a theme of the week and then have them animate it with a thematic passage/poem. Chatterpix Kids would be a great challenge for your most creative and energetic students.
Practiced Skills: reading and spelling 100 sight words
100 sight words are practiced in this app. There are 4 levels, each containing 25 sight words. The students will be given 3 “lives” for each attempt at a level. Each sight word will be spoken and written. The student can earn lives by swiping special tiny eggs but will lose lives when a wrong word is swiped or if they do not swipe a word that should have been swiped. Multiple players can play this game however; each students work is not saved. This could be easily monitored with a simple checklist that the students can cross off as they complete each sight word activity. I really like that non-examples are given along with the sight word being focused on as well as this game scaffolds slightly but effectively through each activity. The slow speed is really slow at first however does speed up as they complete each individual activity. The medium pace is actually very fast, especially toward the end. It was hard for me to earn a 3 star rating on the fast speed…I am serious.
Practiced Skills: motor skills, letter writing, creativity
This fun and interactive app allows students to draw/doodle on a blank canvas. Students can also add given stamps and stickers to their work. This app would be great for letter writing practice, drawing an illustration to go with a given sentence or story or to just practice strengthening their fine motor skills and iPad use.
Practiced Skills: language development, vocabulary
This app provides language development in a fun, interactive way. A picture is shown in the center of the screen, the student to tap the correct word from a choice of words listed in front of them to earn points.
Practiced Skills: reading CVC words, phonetic awareness
This app provides several learning activities to practice the spelling of many 3 letter words. I like this app because it uses real life pictures, There are also several features that offer modifactions to better meet the needs of your students. There is an “achievement screen” that is available at the end of every round for you to check in on the students to see their progress.
Practiced Skills: sight words
This app provides practice for students learning sight words of all levels. The student will hear a word and then will need to choose from 2 or more different words. This app has a feature for you to your own voice and words to the activities. Sight Words by Touch Photo has many features to meet the needs of your students!
There you have it… Kindergarten Apps for Reading
We will be adding apps as we see them and if you come across an app that you love for your classroom, please share it.
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