Best Elementary Language Arts Apps

coverPrepositions and their directionality are quite difficult for students to learn. This holds true for students in primary grades, ESL students, and even advanced learners of English. What makes Prepositions Builder by Mobile Education Store LLC, perfect is that students get to connect the visuals with written word and read one sentence at the time while building their reading fluency and comprehension. This app also builds students’ vocabulary and writing skills.

A must have for grades 1-3 and ESL instruction.

The Preposition Builder App builds students’:

Knowledge and use of prepositions
– Reading Fluency
– Reading Comprehension
– Vocabulary
– Writing Skills
– Grammar

Perfect for daily incorporation of language arts and technology.

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World Atlas by National Geographic – Best Free Apps

world atlas app

World Atlas app for iPhone and iPad is FREE for limited time and it is amazing.

The globe looks awesome, and even better, it populates into detailed maps of each country, state and county.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/national-geographic-world/id364733950?mt=8

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world atlas app

Educational Wooden Puzzle Collection – Best Learning Apps

Educational Wooden Puzzle Collection App – Kids 3- 8

Multi-sensory App ideal for early readers and students with dyslexia.

I love this app!  It has awesome graphics and the kids love completing the puzzles,

which pop-out and appear in 3D. This app is great for all kids ages 3 – 8.

The 3D element enhances learning of numbers and letters for young children and it

provides multi-sensory element for students with dyslexia.

Love it!

 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/educational-wooden-puzzle/id567680942?mt=8

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Free App “The Kissing Hand”

Oceanhouse Media is offering a free download of the beloved children’s book “The Kissing Hand”. 

the kissing hand

For more info go to: http://www.oceanhousemedia.com/products/kissinghand/

Learn to Read App – Apps for Early Readers

montessori app              Apps for early readers are great tools for introducing letters, sounds, and writing,   but not all apps are created equally. Some are simply better than others.When I look at the apps for kindergartners I look for the educational quality of the app.

Does it teaches early reading skills (letter recognition, phonics, phonemic awareness)?

Is it visually appealing?

How engaged do kindergartners become while using it?

Do they go back to the app on their own?

The 1st pick for Early Reader Apps is “Montessori Crosswords”

 This app presents visual instructions for the students and it starts with easy CVC letters, such as, bun, cat, dog. The child can tap the letter, hear the sound, which builds his/her phonemic awareness, which helps build writing and spelling skills.

The burst of stars, circles,hearts, and leafs after the word completion is a hit.

I also liked how the app creators used color of letters to aid reading and letter learning.

The “Montessori Crosswords” is a comprehensive app for early readers. It allows the child to learn basic three-letter words, practice their spelling of words with different word families, the “focus on any sound” lets the child or teacher pick the sound for practice (short and long vowels, and other sounds), along with the movable alphabet where children can practice spelling names, words they know, and/or the teacher can assess students alphabet knowledge. For older students in grades 1 and 2, crossword puzzle is really fun.

To view more info go to https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/montessori-crosswords-spelling/id384334005?mt=8

Lena M. Ed.

MathGirl Addition House – IPod Apps for Kids

MathGirl Addition House App is an ideal math app for girls. It’s visually appealing with flowers, hearts, balloons, hearts… Your child will get a house which she can then decorate and change (with animals, flowers, paint, etc) as she progresses through levels.  Everything little girls love, especially 5 and 8 years olds.

But beyond all cute girly stuff, this app will build a number sense foundation that is crucial for mathematics, but yet not practiced enough in school. You can walk into any primary school in North America and you will see students using their fingers to add and/or subtract and taking a long time to come up with math answers.

Due to lack of number knowledge, students are so overwhelmed by mere addition that they fail to effectively progress to the next level. Numbers “sense”/”knowledge”, “mental math” or whatever you want to call it, is a foundation to mastering mathematics. We stress reading fluency and even time students reading speed, but completely fail to build math number fluency.

Anyhow, apps like MathGirl are a great way to use technology in an educational and fun way where your children/students won’t even notice how much they are learning in the process.    

Have fun with Apps :)!

Lena M. Ed.

HowToSmile- Awesome- IPhone App for Kids

HowToSmile.org – all the best science and math activities

HowToSmile IPhone App– is an amazing IPhone app for kids. Even better, HowToSmile.org website has a blog with numerous math and science activities for the kids, as well as, links to great science places and activities.

I have been waiting to get an app like this for my kids. This is great. Up to know, my kids used the IPhone mostly for drawing, videos, and taking pictures. Now they can actually have fun and learn when we are out.  As someone who has specialized in Educational Technology in graduate school, I have realized the potential of technology and its many drawbacks when it comes to learning and its application in educational settings.

The truth is, most of the learning software that is out there, be it learning how to read, math, or science, is just not very good. Even the software that is purchased by our school boards is rarely researched for its effectiveness, but you will hear your child’s teacher state the “success” of the program (without any serious research to back it up). So, we as parents and teachers can’t rely on any software, even the effective ones are not effective for all students. What we can do is use great made apps such as howtosmile.org and use them as tools to help our children learn science and math through their own personal engagement.

howtosmile is a free IPhone app 

Mrs. Lena M. Ed