Sunday, November 10, 2013

Top Apps for Learning Letters - Part 2 of 2


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Kate asked: Just looking for recommendations of apps to assist with learning letters of the alphabet. I have multisensory 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!



We received the following recommendations, as well as recommendations listed in Part 1 of this topic.

** 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.**
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Touch and Write by FIZZBRAIN

Cas Touch and Write is awesome.

From iTunes:
Kids love learning to write - especially when they can use shaving cream, paint, and jello! "Touch and Write" was developed by real classroom teachers, and recreates the fun and effective teaching strategy used in classrooms every day: learning letters by writing with shaving cream, jello, finger paint, and more! "Touch and Write" uses a letter style similar to those most commonly taught in schools, so it prepares children for a real classroom. "Touch and Write" also allows you to create your own lists of names and words so that you can individualize the learning experience for your child! And it comes with 6 of its own word lists, including the most important words for young children to learn – high frequency sight words!

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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Starfall ABCs by Starfall Education

Amanda ABCmouse.com has a lot of free apps and we also love Starfall!
Becca Starfall on computer or the App. I also agree with Endless Alphabet. We also like Letter School a lot.

From iTunes:
The "ABCs" section of Starfall.com's well-loved website is now available as a universal application for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Our activities motivate through positive reinforcement and play. (Note: App contains the ABC letter section only, NOT the whole website)

Children delight as they see, hear, and interact with letters and sounds in words, sentences, and games. They learn to recognize letters and develop skills that will ensure they become confident leaders. All children, and especially English language learners, benefit.
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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Pre-K Letters and Numbers by BrightStart 

Kerri There's an app my son uses its called "bright start". The icon is a monkey. He's 3 1/2 with Ds and he can trace all of the uppercase letters.

From iTunes: BrightStartApps is an interactive learning system that teaches children Letters, Words, Numbers and Phonics in a fun and engaging way following government curriculum's adopted in UK, US and Canada from pre-K to grade 5. The application brings together experiences in the classroom to your children's hands with the bonus of allowing parents and teachers to monitor their performance.

Pre-K Letters and Numbers With Real Time Performance Reporting is the first of a series of tracing applications aimed at kindergarten kids who are just setting out to build a foundation of language and numeracy, develop fine motor skills, understand phonics and build their vocabulary with the bonus of blending common letters and counting. Our unique characters, music, sounds and over 75 fruit, vegetable, animal and items around the house illustrations help with the learning experience. Elel, Momo, Lili and friends guide the child through the letters, numbers and phonics experience with clear instructions, applause for success and "Oops" for mistakes. 


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

(Free, iPad/iPhone)


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AR Flashcards by Mitchlehan Media

Sue My colleague told me about "ar flash cards" in the App Store. It's a free download and you print out flash cards to go with it. There is a camera viewer in the app and you put the flash card in its view and the flash card image is suddenly in 3D. The free Download includes all 26 letters and some dinosaurs. I probably didn't explain it very well but it is really cool!

From iTunes:
AR Flashcards are a new way to interact and make Flashcards more entertaining for toddlers and preschoolers. With AR Flashcards, learning is fun! When you point your device at the printed flashcard a beautifully rendered 3D animal will pop up on the screen. Tap the animal to hear the letter and animal name. 

Features:
- 26 beautifully rendered Animals to help your toddler or preschooler learn the alphabet!
- 6 beautifully rendered Dinosaurs!
- Tap on each Animal to hear the Letter and name of the Animal! 
- Tap the screenshot button to save your pics of the beautiful AR animals!
- Double tap the screen to bring up the focus button so that you can adjust your device's camera to better bring up the animals.
- You can print out the flashcards or if you own two iOS devices you can access the flashcards from within the app in a beautiful swipeable gallery!

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

(Free, iPad/iPhone)


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Stephanie had a few app suggestions: Fish School by Duck Duck Moose, Tracing ABC, ABC 123.
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Fish School by Duck Duck Moose

From iTunes:
A playful underwater experience with 8 educational activities, this award-winning app teaches letters, numbers, shapes, colors and more. Watch colorful fish create letters; Recognize numbers and learn to count from 1 to 20; Follow the fish as they form shapes; Touch, tap and drag to make fish and other colorful sea life do funny things; Listen to classical variations of the ABC Song. AWARDS: Parents’ Choice Gold Award; Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice Award. AGES: 2-5.

8 EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
- LETTERS: Learn ABCs by watching the fish make letters
- NUMBERS: Recognize numbers and learn to count from 1 to 20
- SHAPES: Follow the fish as they form different shapes
- COLORS: Select a swimming fish of any color, and watch the ocean become that color
- DIFFERENCES: Identify which fish doesn’t belong
- MATCHING: Find the matching fish
- PLAY: Touch, tap and drag colorful fish to make them do funny things 
- MUSIC: Listen to classical variations of the ABC Song 


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

($1.99, iPad only)
 

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Tracing ABC - Learn To Write Alphabet, Numbers and First Words - English and Spanish Letter Worksheets by Ariel Laub

From iTunes:
"Get your little one on track to perfect penmanship with the Tracing ABC app for your iOS device. Ideal for children four years and older, the Tracing ABC app has a simple and engaging interface designed to help children print letters, numbers, and various shapes with ease and confidence. Once your child has mastered his ABC, he can practice over 800 words, consisting of 80% of the elementary school words."

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

($1.99, iPad/iPhone)


Tracing ABC
(Free, iPad/iPhone) 

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ABC 123 Reading Writing Practice
From iTunes:
▶ ABC MODE & 123 MODE ◀ 
"ABC 123 Writing Practice"'s guideline will help you, and the app check the accuracy of sequence. 
"ABC 123 Writing Practice" Display the pretty Crayon Trace for all of the letters - Show your child how to properly write all of the letters and numbers. 
And you can check the result. 

You are able to go each Letter in order, or any letter you want. And your child can practice both of uppercase and lowercase letters. 

"ABC 123 Writing Practice" for Kids is so easy to use, your child will start confidently learning their alphabet within seconds. 
▶ Letter Game ◀ (available only full ver) 
Find Same Letter! 
Drag each letter to same Letter. Your child will see fancy effect. 
It will attract your child! 
▶ Sond Game ◀ (available only full ver) 
Listen and Find right Letter! 

◈◈◈ Features ◈◈◈ 
◆ Alphabet Song! 
◆ Learn the English Alphabet Letters (A, B, C, …a,b,c…) and Practice writing! 
◆ Uppercase and Lowercase Letters! 
◆ Learn the Numbers (1, 2, 3, …) and Practice writing! 
◆ Learn to Pronounce each Alphabet Letters and Numbers! 
◆ Various Crayon Color! (Full:8colors Lite:2colors) 
◆ Play Games - More interesting learning Alphabet Letters and Numbers! (Only Full-Ver) 

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

Full $2.99 (iPad and iPhone)
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Kate replied Thank you all very much!! I have lots to look at, you're all brilliant xx


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