7 Powerful iPad Literacy Apps for Children

7 Powerful iPad Literacy Apps for Children

7 Powerful Literacy iPad and iPhone Apps for Children..great way to incorporate digital learning into your reading block! Technology in the elementary classroom.

Guest Post by: Joan Selby

Both parents and teachers encounter a point when reading seems to be a child’s greatest enemy. Children of all ages are disinterested in reading, any kind of literature, especially with all the technology that’s surrounding us. There always seems to be something more fun on the iPhone then in the classroom. Who could blame them? Before they even start walking, children know how to use iPads and iPhones, and books become irrelevant.
According to Daniel Stevens, a professional writer for BestEssays ‘’It’s not just children. Students aren’t very fond of reading at all, making them drop out of their schools and limit their academic achievements.’’
Here’s an idea. Instead of trying to avoid technology in your classroom altogether, try working with it. iPhones aren’t just for fun and social media, they can also be used for learning. In fact, a large majority of schools have implemented the use of computers and tablets in the classroom. By using downloadable applications they merge the best of both worlds for children – technology and fun while making it a fun learning process.
As teachers, we have to get on board with the technological advances and help the children establish a learning pattern through the means they are used to the most – iPhones, iPads and apps. Below you will find some of my favourite ones, simple and easy to use in the classroom.
Want to reach into your children’s brains and help them pull out every ounce of their imagination? The FriendStrip Kids is an app developed by professional comic artists, and it’s designed to bring out the storyteller in children. The children are able to take photos through their phones and form stories around the photos they take. Why settle for a typical essay or a writing task, when you can make it fun and interactive?
Introduce word learning games in the classroom through an app that never gets boring. The app includes six different games, like bingo and memory games, and it is suitable for children of different ages. It’s adjustable so you can choose male or female voiceovers for the spoken instructions that ease the kids in into using the app.
Ideal for children aged 3-7; this app encourages reading, without you as a teacher having to force the reading upon them. The Reading Raven allows children to take one step at a time and take their own pace, and move on with reading exercises once they are ready for it. Other perks of this app is that it comes with games, which children obviously adore.
This app is ideal for teaching reading, and not just in English. It also has options for teaching reading in Chinese, French, Vietnamese and Spanish. Stay tuned for more languages that the app developers have announced! Also, it’s one of the most popular learning apps when it comes to reading, which speaks a lot about its success in the classroom.
Phonics is very popular in today’s classrooms to teach children the alphabet, and the number of apps available to aid you in that task is on the rise. Marbleminds Phonics focuses on the sounds, instead of the letters themselves, by developing understanding of the each sound. If you’re just getting started with the alphabet and want to teach your kids in the classroom the basics, this is a great app to do so.

Medieval Math Battle

Lucky for all teachers out there, there are apps that aren’t solely focused on reading and writing. The Medieval Math Battle is an app that focuses on introducing subtraction, addition, division and multiplication to children. Math basics are taught through a fantasy world, bringing a little bit of magic to math learning. Children do have to follow the storyline, so it does involve a bit of reading, so you’re essentially hitting two birds with one stone.

The Montessori method has been applied to this app so that you can teach reading, writing and spelling, and still have fun with the kids at the same time. It caters to parents as much as it does to teachers, as parents can easily export reports on the child’s progress. It consists of 320 puzzles, and kids can easily tap the screen to hear the words.
Teaching the basics can sometimes be a very frustrating task, especially if you don’t utilize the power of technology that’s right in front of you. Combine your teaching powers with a medium that interests children, and helps them make a little room in their hearts for learning.

About the author:

Joan Selby is an ESL teacher and a blogger; a graduate of California Institute of the Arts and a fancy-shoe lover; a writer by day and reader by night, giving a creative touch to everything. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.