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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Dr. Seuss's ABC
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.
Letters transform into living toys that voice their names. Children quickly learn that one letter works with others to build words and sentences. Another app in the series, Endless Spanish, is ideal spelling practice for both native English and Spanish speakers. (Note: Requires an Internet connection and a lot of storage space for full functionality.)
Pictello is an interactive storytelling app that lets students and kids make virtual storybooks with their own titles, photos, videos, and captions. It can be especially useful for kids who have difficulty understanding social cues, reading facial expressions, and interpreting body language. Different options for how text and pictures are read or uploaded support different types of learners. A library of sample stories can help fuel the creative process. Note that stories within the library show kids who have learning difficulties and special needs, as well as ones who don't.
Shape-O ABCs has children put words with the 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.