Saturday, November 9, 2013

Top Apps for Learning Letters - Part 1 of 2


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Kate asked: Just looking for recommendations of apps to assist with learning letters of the alphabet. I have multi-sensory cards but he's still not connecting what the letters look like. Ex: if I scratch my face he knows the sound is 'i', its called 'i' but no idea what i looks like. He's ASD and has learning delays. He's very visual. Thank you very much!


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Amy, Sandy and Betty responded with some general and non-app suggestions:
Amy Sometimes our son has to take different aspects as completely different activities. So, one activity for the sounds of letters. A separate and different activity for the shapes/look of letters. Then he can process what you're talking about and respond appropriately. Otherwise, it's like you're asking him to multitask, which is way too much for him to do.

Sandy Has he watched the leap frog video The Letter Factory? It's very visual...each letter is animated and has a repetitive jingle. The DVD comes with a card deck of the animated letters also. It's been successful for many of my students (I'm a school-based SLP).

Betty My daughter learned her letters and phonics thru Leap Frog videos. I also put the closed caption on the TV and all videos! She can read and spell, I am sure it was due to this.
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We also had a whole heap of suggestions of apps:
** Please note: Some of these apps have in-app purchases, but they can easily be disabled in the settings of your device. There are also ads and social network links in some of these apps.

Only the app's developer can control when an app is free or not. All apps that we post as free are verified to be free at the time of this post. We make no guarantees otherwise.**

LetterSchool by Boreaal
Teresa Letterschool is fantastic. really fun, visual, and three chances to hammer it home.
Jen I second Letter School. My son learned his letters by age 2 because of that app.
Susan Letter School app on the iPad
Zoe and Chandra Letter school

From iTunes:
"Kids practice essential skills as they play four exciting games per letter/number:
INTRO - discover the letter’s shape, name and sound
TAP - learn where to start, change direction and finish by tapping the dots
TRACE - learn the letter trajectory by tracing it
WRITE - test your knowledge by writing from memory"

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($2.99, iPad/iPhone)

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Little Writer PRO - The Tracing App for Letters, Numbers, Shapes, and Words by Innovative Mobile Apps

Rita Little writer - the tracing app for kids..it's really good my son is also ASD and very visual too.

From iTunes:
"EXCLUSIVE PRO FEATURES

• Support for landscape and portrait mode
• Ability to add custom word categories
• Ability to turn categories ON and OFF via settings page
• Custom ABC phonics category
• Custom "A is for..." category with examples such as "A is for ant."
• Ability to customize tracing paths so if you have a left handed kid or other unique requirements no problem
• Ability to select different fonts so kids learn to write and recognize letters in multiple styles"


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:
($1.99, iPad/iPhone)


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Interactive Alphabet by Piikea

Tawny My kids love the Piikea abc flash cards! Interactive fun

From iTunes:
Features:
* Baby Mode auto advances through interactive letter toys
* Explore Mode lets kids discover interactive letter toys at their own pace.
* Trace Mode includes letters, words, custom words, alternate tracing strokes, and left-handed support. Earn Stickers and Stars to help see what is being traced the most or the least.
* Type Mode teaches little ones where to find letters on the keyboard while typing words.
* Add your own photos and words to the app, and they will appear in all modes.
* Choose lowercase, uppercase, or mixed case.
* Phonic Sounds.
* Choose a British or American accent.
* Develops reading foundational skills.


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

($3.99, iPad/iPhone) 
 

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Joanne The reading eggs apps would be ideal.
While Joanne suggested all the Reading Eggs apps, I selected Eggy Alphabet to feature here.  The rest of the Reading Eggs apps can be found here:  http://readingeggs.com.au/apps/

Eggy Alphabet by Blake E Learning

From iTunes:
When learning the alphabet, young children need to learn each letter’s name and its sound, the shape of the letter and how to create it correctly when writing. Research shows that knowing the alphabet, especially the sound and shape of each letter, is a strong indicator for reading success in school. 

The Eggy Alphabet App builds alphabet knowledge and handwriting skills in a comprehensive, educationally sound app that makes learning the alphabet memorable, highly interactive and full of fun rewards.

Eggy Alphabet covers both upper and lower case letters for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet. For each letter there are three handwriting activities that stress the correct formation of each letter. Another 2 activities build phonemic awareness and letter sound skills. When learning to form each letter, children use a finger to trace and draw each letter.


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

($1.99, iPad/iPhone)


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Elmo Loves ABCs by Sesame Street

Chandra Elmo ABCs
From iTunes:
Elmo loves this app! It has songs and videos about letters. It has coloring pages and games about letters. It has all the letters from A to Z! Elmo even made a new alphabet song for it. Elmo thinks it’s the best ABC app ever! Come on! Explore the alphabet with Elmo! 
Features
• Touch and trace your favorite letter to unlock its surprises.
• Slide, sweep, swipe, touch, trace and dig to discover over eighty classic Sesame Street clips, seventy five Sesame Street coloring pages, and four different ways to play hide and seek!
• Touch the star button to play letter games and see how much you’ve learned.
• Touch the music note for four versions of the alphabet song including a new silly Elmo song.
• Learn how to find your favorite letter stuff by identifying and making letters!
• Personalize by adding your own photos and videos to the game.
• ABCs tracker for grown-ups to see how your child is doing.
• Ability to purchase even more great letter content and holiday surprises.

If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:
LITE (Free, iPad/iPhone)


($4.99, iPad/iPhone)

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Angie My son loves the Elmo loves ABCs and Winnie the Pooh ABCs. Although what really made him learn his letters was the Leap Frog Scribble and Draw toy. He didn't use it to write his letters, but it shows what they look like and how to write them.

Letters with Pooh by Disney



From iTunes:
Letters with Pooh is an interactive app filled with delightful activities designed to help young children identify and write letters of the alphabet. Children will join Winnie the Pooh on his quest for honey and help him reach a honeybee’s hive by tracing letters and collecting letter balloons. Finally, they will assist Pooh’s friends in supplemental activities that reinforce the letters they traced and collected during Pooh's honey-hunting adventure.

Features:
•Practice tracing and writing upper- and lowercase letters to help Pooh find honey!
•Record all the letters of the alphabet in your own voice!
•Play fun, character-driven activities that reinforce letter identification!
•Create your own Winnie the Pooh scenes with interactive stickers!
•Guided skill instruction for up to four players
•Comprehensive parents' section with content leveling and progress monitoring

If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:
($2.99, iPad/iPhone)


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Endless Alphabet by Originator

Sue Endless ABC's is fun and gives the sounds, in a silly way, while moving the letters.
Laura Endless Alphabet!
Darla Endless Alphabet is awesome. Awesome.
Melanie Endless alphabet is hilarious!


From iTunes:
Set the stage for reading success with this delightfully interactive educational app. Kids will have a blast learning their ABC's and building vocabulary with the adorable monsters in Endless Alphabet. Each word features an interactive puzzle game with talking letters and a short animation illustrating the definition. Before you know it, your child will be using words like gargantuan and cooperate!** NOTE: You must be online and have ample disk space while running the app to see words beyond G! **

Features:
- Over 50 words to learn and play with
- Delightful animations teach children the definitions of the words in a fun and engaging way
- Word game teaches children letters
- Endless Alphabet was designed with your children in mind - there are no high scores, failures, limits or stress. Your children can interact with the app at their own pace.


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

($4.99, iPad/iPhone)


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Many more reader recommended apps will be listed in Part 2, coming soon!
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Odd Socks Mummy dropped and broke her phone today :-(.  However, she is now planning to replace it with a iPhone :-).

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