Early Childhood iPad App Recommendations note



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Early Childhood iPad App Recommendations - NOTE: underlined titles are supported on iPhone/iPod Touch


Reading/Books

ABC/Word Skills

Math Skills

Story Creations

Art/Creativity

Problem Solving

Other

MeeGenius! Kids’ Books (Free/in-app purchases): Read-to-Me/read-to-self options.
Scholastic Storia (Free): Includes 5 free e-books. Purchase books through scholastic’s website and stream them to your iPad. Parents can set up bookcases, view reading time and more.


Word Bingo (.99): Fun sight word practice!
Licking Letters (1.99): Spelling practice game
Word Magic (.99): Set skill level for appropriate spelling practice

My Word Wall (1.99): Word family practice


Motion Math: Hungry Fish (Free/in-app purchases): Excellent mental math practice for +-
Math Bingo (.99): Set skill levels for +-x/ practice.
Math Magic (.99): Set skill levels for +-x/ practice.


Toontastic! (Free): Create and your own story!
My Story Book Maker (1.99): Create and share books by drawing, taking photos, recording voices and writing!
Puppet Pals (Free/in-app purchases): Create shows with animation and audio.



Cookie Doodle (.99): Mix ingredients, bake, decorate and “eat” your masterpieces!
Cake Doodle (.99): Mix ingredients, bake, decorate and “eat” your masterpieces!

Create a Car (.99): Design a car and watch it go!




Stack the States (.99): FUN way to learn about the 50 states! Great for parents and kids!!
Stack the Countries (.99): FUN way to learn about countries of the world! Great for parents and kids!!
Preschool Memory Match (Free): Interactive memory game

Rover (Free): Child-education web browser app that allows access to sites requiring flash content. A must if you would like to access websites such as PBS Kids or Starfall.com!

Teach Me Kindergarten (1.99): All-inclusive skill practice

Reading/Books

ABC/Word Skills

Math Skills

Story Creations

Art/Creativity

Problem Solving

Other

The Cat in the Hat (3.99): Interactive e-book with read-to-me or read-to-self options. Child can record own voice! Other Dr. Seuss classics available as well.

Open Wide Snap and Hide Run Growl (Free): Interactive e-book with read-to-me or read-to-self options.
Zubadoo (Free -.99): Classic interactive e-books


Starfall ABCs (2.99): Letter, words and sentences games
Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe (Free): Vowel sounds, syllables and more
Montessori Crosswords (2.99): Spelling with phonics- enabled alphabet



Counting Beads (.99): Numeric and alphabetical order practice

Monkey Math School Sunshine (.99) – Practice sequencing, patterning, numbers i.d., counting, addition and subtraction skills in 9 interactive game settings.

Geoboard (Free): Learn about shapes, perimeter, angles and more!


Playtime Theater (2.99): Create, record and playback puppet shows.
Story Creator (Free): Create stories with photos, videos, text and audio. Share stories with friends and family.


Paint Sparkles (Free/in-app purchases): Mess free coloring pad!
Easy Bake Treats (Free): Virtual easy-bake oven!
Clicky Sticky (.99): Animated sticker book. There are a variety to choose from (trains, cars, holidays), each .99.

Bubble Ball (Free): Physics game to help get the bubble to the goal.
Where’s My Water? (.99): Physics based – get the water to Swampy. Find hidden levels along the way!

Little Things (2.99): Seek and Find from collages built from thousands of little things – fun for the entire family!


Teach Me 1st Grade (1.99): All- inclusive skill practice
BrainPop Jr. Movie of the Week (Free): Animated movies across subjects (science, social studies, health, etc.) with quizzes to promote critical thinking skills.
Virtuoso Piano (Free): Piano practice made portable!




Reading/Books

ABC/Word Skills

Math Skills

Story Creations

Art/Creativity

Problem Solving

Other

Story Chimes (Free): Classic stories, such as Thumbelina or The Ugly Duckling in an interactive e-book setting. Each story is an individual download.

I Like Books (1.99): 37 picture books in 1 app. Real photos accompany stories – students can record voice as they read…perfect fluency practice!




Word Shaker HD (1.99): Word search meets Boggle!
Little Speller (.99): Customizable spelling practice
ABC Tracer (Free): Hear and trace the letters of the alphabet
abc WOW! (1.99): Interactive lowercase letter and song

Sushi Monster (Free): Math Fluency practice – lots of fun!
Mathmateer (.99): This app will grow with your child as they practice math skills ranging from sequencing to square roots!
Bugs and Buttons (2.99): Counting, fine motor, patterns, sorting and more!






SpinArt (.99): Just the real activity...no mess involved!

Sketch Moo 2 (.99): Works just like a Magna-Doodle!


Flow Free (Free): Connect matching colors without overlap. Includes various challenge levels.
Cut the Rope (Free): Physics-based game. Cut the rope to feed the candy to the little monster. Fun for the family!


Starwalk (2.99): Bring the night sky inside! Augmented reality app that labels stars, constellations and satellites when you point your iPad to the sky.
Music Sparkles (Free): Choose from 14 different instruments and enjoy sparkles created by the music you play!

Reading/Books

ABC/Word Skills

Math Skills

Browsing Suggestions

Starfall Learn to Read (2.99): Short vowel reading practice through activities, movies and songs. Just like the website!

Word Wagon (1.99): Learn about letters, phonics and spelling and earn stars along the way.

WordSearch Kids HD (1.99): 3 challenge levels and a variety of topics


Friends of Ten (.99): Learn about numbers up to 10, including combinations of 10 (8+2; 3+7). Matches well with Common Core Standards.
Missing Numbers (1.99): addition and subtraction concepts, which includes solving for the missing number (1+_=5).
Math Mago (.99): Solve for missing addends

Here are some tips that I use as I research new apps, for both home and school:

  • Search by category (education, games, family, etc). You can also filter app searches by price (Free or Paid) as well as costumer rated.

  • READ the costumer reviews!! If an app receives 4 or more stars with MANY costumer reviews, typically the app is well designed.

  • Download the “lite” version, as this allows the user to preview an app before determining whether or not to purchase at full price.

  • Free apps often (but not always) have advertising pop-ups during app usage, which can be removed by upgrading the app to the full-price version.

  • Some apps often have in-app purchase to unlock new levels or features.
  • Find app recommendations through: parent magazines, word of mouth, search engines (Google – best educational apps) as well as Pinterest. Teachers often “pin” apps that are used in the classroom.


  • Be sure to update your apps as recommended.

Please remember, this list is not all-inclusive and there are so many more apps available. Search iTunes every few months for new apps that have been developed.


I would love to hear from you! If you have an educational app your family/child uses on a daily basis that is not on the list, please e-mail me the name of the app: jyonally@aurora-schools.org. Thank you!





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