App of the Week: Word Wall HD
January 10, 2013
© Word Wall HD
Works on: iPhone and iPad
For: Pre-K and Kindergartners learning to read
Early readers who are getting a sense for letters and sight words benefit from encouragement and repetition. Word Wall HD provides both and is a great educational app that would be a good complement any reading activities in school.
There are a variety of exercises and instruction included in the app, such as letter identification and sounding out letters; using sight words in sentences; and completing words using certain letters to help kids get a better feel for how letters sound when they are put together. Each letter shown also comes with audio for its phonetic pronunciation, as well as a visual of an object that starts with that letter.
Word Wall also comes with interactive games, like memory, dragging and dropping three or four letters to complete a word, and a puzzle game where kids have to put letter puzzle pieces together. Some of the games may be advanced for pre-k kids who are just learning their letters, but the app offers a nice breadth of activities for kids who are on different ranges of the reading/letter learning spectrum.
The graphics, while not very sophisticated, are cute, and little app users will respond well to the encouraging kids’ voices that are prompting them along.
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