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Top 10 Print Awareness Apps

Top 10 Print Awareness Apps

Top 10 Print Awareness Apps

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As children listen to stories and learn to read, they learn subtle information about how print works. Print knowledge includes an understanding of letters and sounds, the left-to-right nature of reading, and recognizing that print differs from pictures. Helping young children develop print knowledge can help them learn other critical literacy skills.

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Top 10 Print Awareness Apps

ABC Spy

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Price: $0.99
Grade Level: 3-5
Skill: Print Awareness
Device: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

ABC Spy challenges children to create their own ABC experience by taking photos for each letter of the alphabet — take a photo, choose a frame, give it a name. Then make a movie of all your photos to share with friends and family!

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Top 10 Print Awareness Apps

Alphabetic

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Price: $1.99
Grade Level: K
Skill: Print Awareness
Device: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Alphabetic makes identifying letters a game for your child as they have to search for letters A through Z while the letters spin around on the screen and before time runs out.

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Top 10 Print Awareness Apps

Alphabetical Order

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Price: $0.99
Grade Level: PreK-K
Skill: Print Awareness
Device: iPad

Alphabetical Order challenges children to put the letters in order as well as to match upper and lower case letters, and to match the letters to their sounds.

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Top 10 Print Awareness Apps

Dr. Seuss's ABC

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Price: $3.99
Grade Level: PreK
Skill: Print Awareness
Device: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

Dr. Seuss's ABC has three levels, "Read to Me," "Read it Myself," and "Auto Play," which allows children to grow with this app. Words highlighted are read out loud when tapped, and when narrated, children can follow along with the highlighted text.

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Top 10 Print Awareness Apps

Intro to Letters

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Price: $4.99
Grade Level: PreK-K
Skill: Print Awareness
Device: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Intro to Letters helps children read and write letters A-Z in both capital and lowercase forms with flashcards. Soundcards let your child record and listen to themselves as they practice saying each letter.

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Top 10 Print Awareness Apps

Pictello

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Price: $18.99
Grade Level: K-2
Skill: Print Awareness
Device: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Pictello allows the user to create "talking" books with pictures — students can make their own story that is personal to them.

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Top 10 Print Awareness Apps

Shape-O ABCs

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Price: $1.99
Grade Level: PreK-K
Skill: Print Awareness
Device: iPad

Shape-O ABCs has children put words with pictures in one of the program's 100 plus puzzles. Voiceovers of the letters help children learn the correct annunciation and the app lets parents adjust the difficultly level to customize it to fit their child's needs.

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Top 10 Print Awareness Apps

Starfall ABCs

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Price: $2.99
Grade Level: PreK-K
Skill: Print Awareness
Device: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Starfall ABCs displays each letter in upper and lowercase and then shows how the letters are used in sentences. Children can also play letter games, such as word mazes.

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Top 10 Print Awareness Apps

Story Patch

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Price: $2.99
Grade Level: K-5
Skill: Print Awareness
Device: iPad

Story Patch allows the student to create a story from a template (good for those who need some guidance) or from scratch.

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Top 10 Print Awareness Apps

Tap N Learn — Learn to Spell

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Price: Free
Grade Level: 3-5
Skill: Print Awareness
Device: iPad

Tap N Learn — Learn to Spell's three different modes allow children to listen and learn words, match-up letter blocks to form the name of the item featured, and finally drag blocks to form words without any prompts.

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