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Finding fun and educational apps that are right for your child can be challenging.  Most parents find apps for their children by browsing the most popular ones in the app store.  This strategy can be ill-advised.  I recently evaluated an app purported to teach letter sounds.  A letter appeared and the sound was produced for the child to hear and repeat.  The problem was that many of the sounds produced added an “uh” sound to the letter sound (“M makes the /muh/ sound”).  The result is that children using the app are learning something that they will have to unlearn when they start phonics instruction with a teacher.  Many app developers are not educators, nor are they conducting research to determine if their app is indeed “educational”.  There are some great app review sites that can help you avoid the pitfalls:

Common Sense Media | Geeks with Juniors | Teachers with Apps | Parents’ Choice

Here are a few apps recommended on review sites:


 highlights

Highlights™ Shapes

Itunes   |   Google Play

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Artie’s Magic Pencil

Itunes   |   Google Play

catapller

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends - First Words
Itunes  |   Google Play

pigeon

Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App!

Itunes

 storybookmaker

My Story- Book Maker for Kids

Itunes

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