Our little kids have grown up with the iPad and the iPhone and most would not remember a time before them – they are just part of their lives. In fact study by the PBS in the US found that that the use of educational iPhone apps increased children’s vocabulary by 31% in two weeks. (More information about the study.) We can probably assume that the iPad would be no less powerful.
Here some resources to support the reading development of younger students.
This is both a website and an app. It has lists of resources for all elements of young children’s learning but the section on reading and site words is especially useful.While primarily a site for parents it ids also invaluable for teachers of young students. They say “KinderTown transforms mobile devices into powerful teaching tools by finding and organizing the best educational apps for kids ages 3-8 years old. Our mission is to improve early childhood education by empowering busy parents with the tools to be better teachers. Every app has been evaluated by a panel of teachers and parents – a great resource.
An amazing website and App and that gives you access to hundreds of free books for young readers. But there is more – there is a book club and even author challenges to try.
While this is not an app their Youtube channel works really well on the iPad and can certainly be saved to the home screen for students, not to mention that is a great teacher tool. It has 16 sensational little videos that outline the history of common nursery rhymes. Lots of possibilities!