APPS & RESOURCES

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This content will always be under development so if you know of an app not listed below please let us know.

Do you want to learn more about various areas where you can assist your child or student?  Well, the list below is fairly robust and constantly under construction.  We've covered various areas and, as stated, this is a work in progress.  If you know of specific Structured Literacy based materials or supporting articles that can shed more light on the subjects below, or if we've omitted certain subjects you feel are important to a well-rounded education in reading, writing and math, please feel free to reach out and let us know.

And, don't forget to check out our Recommended Reading page for a pretty comprehensive list in various areas as well.

Note that this page will remain under construction so if there are helpful apps that we have omitted, please let us know.  We are also open to receiving your comments on how you feel the apps listed below work for you and we will include your feedback as part of a rating scale that we will construct as well.

NOTE: Being included on the list does not mean that the app / resource is endorsed by The Dyslexia Initiative.  This is purely meant to serve as helpful information.  As with all things, do your due diligence to ensure you are investing in the the right tools for your child.

Phonemic Awareness

  • Sound Sorting

    • lakeshorelearning.com/apps​

    • A phonological awareness app, it teaches beginning sound matching.  The graphics and games are pleasing.​​

    • Cost: $0.99

  • Phonemic Awareness

    • bugbrained.com

    • An app that teaches the child how to segment and blend sounds and use vowels.  Comes with a pre/post test called "Check Yourself" that evaluates their ability to do each task.

    • Cost: Free

  • Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe

    • lakeshorelearning.com/apps​

    • Children build language skills in a fast-paced game of tic-tac-toe.  The interactive game explores vowel sounds, syllables, and more.

    • Cost: Free

  • ABA Problem Solving Game - What Rhymes?

    • kindergarten.com​

    • The app has children choose the rhyming words by selecting a picture of an item that rhymes with another item shown and red,=.  There is immediate reinforcement with a short cheer when the correct answer is selected or "try again" is said if a non-rhyming word is chosen.  The app offers visual and auditory stimulation, which is great for all learners.  The app also gives feedback; time, correct answers and unanswered questions.

    • Cost: $1.99

Alphabetic Principal

  • Bob Books

    • bobbooks.com​

    • Simple illustration brings magic to your ids.  It will catch their attention in a fun, entertaining and educational way and help them learn how to read.

    • Lite version available

    • Cost: $3.99

Handwriting

  • ABC Cursive Writing

    • deeppocketseries.com

    • The program is easy to use and helps the user practice writing letters in cursive.  The key to getting better is by practicing.  This iPhone app makes it fun.  The program has different colors to choose from and allows the user to practice upper case letters, lower case letters, and numbers.  The app allows the user to customize and enter any word for practice.

    • Lite version available

    • Cost: (Full version) $0.99

  • Letter School

    • letterschool.com​

    • This is for younger children.  It contains upper and lower case numbers and allows kids to practice essential skills.

    • Lite version available

    • Cost: $2.99

  • Kids Writing Pad

    • Is a basic large lined writing pad useful for practicing numbers and letters to make sure you draw them appropriately.  It has a middle dotted line between two solid lines like most primary school paper so you can practice having the appropriate parts of the letters of numbers in the right areas.  You can choose the color of your pencil or use an eraser, or touch the big eraser to erase the entire image.​

    • $1.99

Spelling

  • Spelling City

    • spellingcity.com​

    • Over 42,000 spelling words with customizable sentences and definitions.  A real person says each word and sentence.  This app also has free home pages for teachers and parents to save lists, and has teacher training videos.  There are free printable handwriting worksheets.  Ten games are on the iPad and there are over twenty-games on the internet.

    • Cost: Free with upgrades available

  • Build A Word Express

    • atreks.com​

    • Learn to spell sight words, long vowel and short vowel words (700+ words and an option to create your own spelling words with your own voice). 

    • Cost: The base game is free with options to upgrade

  • Simplex Spelling HD

    • pyxwise.com

    • This program focuses on teaching the Dolch Sight Words, which make up 50-75% of all printed text.  This includes the most common words in the English language such as "the", "and", "of", etc.  It is designed to help emergent readers build a strong foundation in spelling and reading skills.  The complete word list contains over 260 words and can be found on their website. 

    • Lite version available

    • Cost: full version $4.99

  • Chicktionary

    • shockwave.com​

    • Unscramble a roost full of letters and create as many words as possible.  Each chicken bears a letter.  Touch them to spell out a word, then watch as the word appears below them.  CHICKTIONARY COOP is the next generation of the award-winning CHICKTIONARY word game named as a Top 25 iPad app for kids by TIME and a top iPhone and iPad app for grade-schoolers by MSNBC, Mashable and Tecca

    • Cost: Free to $1.99

  • Bookworm

Comprehension

  • Brain Pop

  • Meet Millie

Written Expression

  • Inspiration Maps

  • Explain Everything

  • Shake-A-Phrase

  • Snaptype

  • Learning Ally

  • WebOutLoud

Reading Alternatives

  • Speak it!

  • Read to Kids

Writing Alternatives

  • Dragon Dictation

  • Felt Board

  • Sock Puppets

  • Tapikeo

Notetaking

  • Evernote

  • Quizlet

  • Notability

  • My Homework

  • iVocAudio

Teacher Supportive Apps

  • Kahoot

  • Quizalize

  • Flocabulary

  • Nearpod

  • Sound Literacy

  • Socrative App for teachers and students

  • iTunes U

Executive Functioning

  • Alarmed

Vocabulary

  • Marie's Words

Remote Access

  • Splashtop 2

Math

  • Dragon Box

  • iAllowance

Science

  • Touch Physics

  • NASA app

  • The Elements

  • Google Earth

Miscellaneous

  • Common Core Standards

  • Dyslexia

  • Dyslexie Font

  • Mad Libs

  • Stack the States / Countries