Monday, February 17, 2014

Good Free App of the Day: Phonics Awareness, 1st Grade - aligned with common core

Phonemic awareness skills are so important for beginning readers.  A fabulous 1st grade teacher in my school district is having great success using Phoneic Awareness, 1st Grade in her classroom.  Bugbrained, LLC developed this app for 6-8 year olds, but it can be used with anyone working at that level.  It aligns with Common Core Standards for first grade and includes activities targeting: Segmenting Sounds, Blending Sounds, and Long/Short Vowels.

The "Check Yourself" section of the app can be utilized as a pre or post test for students.  The cute little bugs offer visual support for the concepts and examples are given for each concept before children are expected to answer questions.  This is a practical app with great content for any beginning reader.  Download it for free and start building those phonics skills today.

If you would like to download Phonic Awareness, 1st Grade (iPhone/iPad, FREE) please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using the link provided:

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No ads or in-app purchases.  External links to other Bugbrained apps can be found in a gated area of the Parents and Teachers section of the app.


Click on this video to see some of the features of this free teaching tool!

From iTunes:

Phonics Awareness is a comprehensive, low cost educational app based on the pre-reading skills 1st graders must have as they move from hearing sounds, into seeing the letter as a representation for the sound. This is the beginning of true phonics learning. Teachers can easily integrate these lessons into their lesson prep in the Common Core. All instructions are given verbally, and students receive immediate feedback, thereby helping students to achieve grade level. 

 The Common Core Foundational Skills 1st Grade states: 

Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes). 
a. Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words. 
b. Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends. c. Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words. 
d. Segment spoken single-syllable words into their complete sequence of individual sounds (phonemes). 

All of these foundational skills are covered in this Phonics Awareness app, making it very usable in any first grade school core program. Over 400,000 people agree. Phonics Awareness is an app any teacher or parent can trust! The check yourself section allows the parent or teacher to see the child’s progress on these skills, allowing them to catch up or keep up with their peers. Using this section as a pretest will target the student’s individual needs. 

Sarah refers to 1st graders as "big kids" because they are the oldest students in her school building.

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