Category Archives: language arts

Review: Photo Tales -Create Photo Stories with Your Kids

Review: Photo Tales -Create Photo Stories with Your Kids

Bottom Line: This app has a lot to offer with options to purchase templates to guide children through creating a story including doodling, fonts, photos and stickers. While this app has a lot of features and customizations, it’s lacking in one important area –intuitive design. If you would like to download Photo Tales, please support… Continue Reading

FREE innovative app for literacy! Bam Boomerang is a must-download for teachers and parents!

When I find a great reading app, I get almost giddy. When it’s also free, I might even squeal. And when I find out it’s completely free, with NO in-app purchases, I insist everyone I know download it right now. So that means if you’re reading this post, you kind of know me, and you… Continue Reading

Best apps for language development: Eli Explorer lets kids learn first 100 words in 10 languages

  Bottom line: A free play app for young children to explore while learning their first 100 words. This app can be played in 10 different languages. The words are said clearly in each language and are associated with an item in Eli’s environment. Easy to navigate and engaging for the youngest users. Continue Reading

Featured App: Jiji’s Art and Buzz Machine is a multi-use, multi-functional family app

Jiji's Art & Buzz Machine is a new way for your family to keep in touch with friends and loved ones by sharing artwork and personal messages through the app itself or through social networks. Your kids can each have their own accounts to share their creations with family and friends. This free app offers… Continue Reading

Best sight word apps for kids: Go on a Sight Word Adventure with Seven Academy’s new app (on sale for the holidays!)

    Bottom Line: An app that manages to make sight words more interesting than just flashcards and memorization. Play hide and seek with a cute kangaroo, as well as bingo, whack-a-mole, a memory game and more. ON SALE for a limited time! 50 percent off until Jan. 2!  Continue Reading

Best apps for preschoolers: Preschool Learning has enough content to keep your little iDevice users busy for DAYS

    Bottom Line: An app with a seemingly endless amount of content for your preschooler. Ebooks, songs, videos, puzzles and games will keep little ones occupied and learning for hours. Some content is free; the rest can be unlocked for an in-app purchase of $2.99. Try before you buy — some of the activities are… Continue Reading

Review: Reinforce good grammar and spelling with Grammar Hammer 7-10

    Bottom Line: A grammar and spelling app for kids ages 7-10 that gets all the grammar right, but may lose its audience with too much text and a format that’s too much like school. Covers 14 Common Core standards and may be good for classroom use. Continue Reading

Best FREE apps for phonics: Practice correct pronunciation with Phonzy

    Bottom Line: Phonics with Phonzy is a brand new app designed to demonstrate the correct pronunciation of all phonetic sounds and encourage users to practice them aloud. Sounds can be recorded for playback so that parents and teachers can monitor the child’s progress. There are fun games and activities sprinkled in to reward… Continue Reading

From Smart Apps for Special Needs: Top apps for inference and critical thinking!

A really hot topic in education right now is the need for critical thinking. The Common Core State Standards, love them or hate them, require students in most of the US to make inferences, predict, and analyze at a very young age. That means that my students with language impairments are increasingly disadvantaged in the… Continue Reading