My students actually really enjoyed this Beginning Phonics app. It simply has them match the picture to the correct beginning sound. It tells them the name of the picture as well, in case they can’t figure it out. I like that this app uses real life images. I think they like watching the fun animation go across the screen when they get one right. 🙂
Futaba is by far one of their favorite games. WARNING: it has annoying music in the background 🙂 (teach them how to turn the volume down). Students simply look at the picture in the middle, then try to be the first person to find the word. The free version is for 2 players, the paid version, allows up to 4.
When we are working on sentence building, I use the app Sentence Maker. This app can be customized so that you can provide picture, word, and sentence clues. As your students get better at sentences, you can hide those gray boxes so they have to build the sentence all by themselves. You can also set how many words you want in a sentence.
Another really fun app is Teaching Number Lines. It works on a variety of math skills such as number lines, addition, subtraction, skip counting, and sequencing. The students enjoy making the frog hop along the number line. When I use this whole group, my students use a teddy bear and number line at their seat, while once person gets to do it on the iPad that is projected onto my Apple TV.
There are many apps out there that are engaging and educational for little learners, but I hope you found a few that might be useful to you. What are your favorite apps?