This week I downloaded a few apps on my iPad and tried them out with a few of my kiddos who just need a little extra TLC. I invited one kiddo in this morning before the official arrival time to play on my iPad and plan to do the same every day until school is out. I also brought Paddy (my iPad) to lunch and let another kiddo play a game with me when he was finished eating. I am all about free apps (and sometimes I am willing to shell out 99 cents) so I thought I would share some of the ones I like. Sometimes the free ones only give you a part of the game, so you end up having to buy the "real" version, but they are typically less than 3 dollars each....
And yes, it is sick that I video taped my iPad using my iPhone :0)
It's a whole new generation of BOB!
I love how kiddos can hear the sounds and hear them blended into words!
app name: BB Magic Lite-FREE
(I don't recommend the lite version because there isn't much to it)
This is the game my friends played today. It is great for vocabulary building and phoneme segmentation. Both boys really liked it and they really did a great job using the technology.
app name: Word Magic
This is a fun one for kids who are working on fine motor and writing their letters. It makes one sound if they are on the dotted lines and makes a squeaky sound when they go off. As you can see in the video, I was able to model what happens when you don't stay on the line as I tried to hold my phone in one hand and trace with my right hand (I am not a righty, so it was not easy!)
app name: ABC Tracer
There is a free "lite" version, but it didn't include the whole alphabet, so I paid for the real one, but it was on sale.
I also downloaded:
Sight Words Lite (again doesn't have a lot to it)
Math Series (fill in the missing number game)
I haven't played with all of them yet, but so far the ones I have played or used with kids have worked well!