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Smiley Sight Words is a flashcard app, but the attention to detail and customization features make it so much more. Under settings you will find a set of Parental Controls. You can set a passcode and prevent users from changing lists or changing settings. This is a great feature for teachers as well as parents.
Up to 40 different players can be added each with their own custom settings. You can distinguish players by choosing from different smiley face options or use the camera to take a picture of each student. There are several flashcard options to choose from before selecting a flashcard set. You can mute or turn up the sound effects for correct verses incorrect responses and determine if you want spoken word function on or off. There are seven different font choices including D'Nealian which is what we use in my district. There are even twelve color choices for your sight words. Turn off the auto-swipe that automatically moves to the next sight word or change the setting in half second increments up to 3 seconds. Flashcards that have been read correctly 3 times can be "hidden" from the list and marked as "learned" if you choose.
To play, the app displays a sight word from the selected list. If the child responds correctly, the smiley face is tapped. If they do not respond or respond with the incorrect word, the frowny face is selected. Ideally, an adult would be present, but if you enable the spoken word feature a child could assess themselves or just go through a list for practice.
This app provides great data collection. Under settings, it tells you how many words are in a set, how many have been learned (labeled correctly 3 times) and how many words have been hidden. A Progress Report can be accessed by tapping on the Progress button within a set of flashcards. There is also an option to save a picture of the progress report to your camera roll.
Any parent or teacher working with beginning readers should consider adding Smiley Sight Words to their reading toolkit! Enter to win your own copy in the rafflecopter below.
The giveaway will end on April 19th at 5 pm EST. Winners will be posted on Facebook and notified through the email associated with the Rafflecopter entry.