Ten Spelling Apps Just for Kids

10 Spelling Apps for Kids

Written and verbal communication are indispensable tools that will permeate every facet of your child’s future. They will continually be evaluated by their communicative abilities, whether they are taking an exam, applying for college, writing a research paper, or applying for a job. The communication skills that you bestow your child with early on will impact them down the line. One of the building blocks for effective communication is spelling. Today there are so many fun and exciting ways that you can use to help your child learn to spell.

Technology, however, can create and fun and unique learning experience. There are many smartphone, tablet and computer apps that can make your child’s learning experience even more exciting. In this article, we highlight 10 spelling apps for your child that we found helpful. This can be an effective approach to boosting their communication skills because it is presented in the form of a fun game. Spelling can be complex for beginning learners, especially since children must first understand phonemes, or the individual units that form words. They should also become well versed in morphemes, or word combinations. By understanding the effects produced by various word placements and word combinations, they can effectively learn how to spell and write. You may consider some of the apps below.

1. Alpha Writer
Alpha Writer, by Montessorium, teaches kids letters and sounds that they must know in order to understand the composition of words. They essentially see the word, hear the sound, and can manipulate the position of the letter in a word. The possibilities are endless, as you learn to read, write and spell phonetically. Compose words and create stories with fun illustrations and dynamic interactions.

2. Bob Books
Employs the use of phonics, repetitions and spelling to build communicative skill. Winner of the 2011 Editor's Choice Award, Children's Technology Review and "Best App for Kids" by Parenting Magazine.

3. C is for Cow
This is an app designed to develop spelling abilities through the use of alphabet games. “C is for Cow,” the new app by A Modern Eden, playfully teaches kids recognition and phonetics of each letter in the alphabet, along with a corresponding animal for reinforcement.

4. Clifford’s BE Big With Words
Parent's Choice Recommended app specifically designed to help children practice spelling and reading.

5. The Electric Company Wordball
This is an app where kids can learn how to spell with video clips. Break out your word skills! Look out for wordballs and catch them if you can as you groove to 9 game-enhanced videos

6. Licking Letters
This is an app that helps kids identify letters and use them in various words. Jump into the pond and help your lovable friend, Hoppy the Frog, lick letters to spell words! Your child will have a blast with this exciting and fun spelling adventure! (Ages 3-7)

7. Montessori Crosswords
This is another app designed to help kids with spelling. New-York Times - "The 3-year-old has learned to spell words through an app called Montessori Crosswords." Children's Technology Review - "Editor's Choice Award for Excellence in Design"

8. Pogg Spelling and Verbs
This kids app teaches spelling through the use of pictures. Pogg is a fun iPhone and iPad educational game for young children, as well as a proven useful tool in kids' language development. It stars Pogg, a little green alien who can do all sorts of things.

9. TeachMe
This app is designed to teach spelling to those in kindergarten or first grade. New letter writing topic teaches how to write letters a-z, A-Z. It also teaches how to write numbers 0-9. Animated strokes show the child exactly how to write each letter or number

10. Word Magic
Is an excellent game app that uses brilliant visuals to teach spelling. Word Magic is nominated for Best Educational App by 2009 Best App Ever awards and also featured in "Apps for kids" by Apple.

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Bake Holiday Treats with your Kids

Bake holiday treats with your kids

The holidays are fast approaching and everyone seems to be picking out their favorite recipes to share with family and friends. Baking is a very fun and timeless activity that you and your children can do together for almost any occasion. It is now easier than ever to find tasty, healthy alternatives for just about any classic treat for any holiday. Baking projects can range from being very simple to very difficult depending on what you decide to take on. If you decide to make some holiday treats with your little ones, choose a difficulty level that is simple and age appropriate for your kids to grasp. Baking projects can give your children the opportunity to learn something new, build motor skills and have a greater appreciation for food and what exactly goes into it.

If you are in search of family fun for the holidays, consider creating a gingerbread cookie house with your children. This recipe is both fun and delicious. There are several yummy and delicious recipe variations to this one and you can build it in a number of different ways however you please. There are so many cool online instructions, videos and recipes to make it simple if this is your first time making them.

One simple recipe is marshmallow rice crispy treats. For this recipe you can use the brand name or store brand crisp rice cereal and store brand marshmallows if you want to make it on a budget or in bulk. This is a pretty simple recipe that is easy to customize! You can now go to sites like Pinterest and find new ways to put a twist on this classic. Find something you haven’t done before to create a new experience. Kids really enjoy being involved in the planning process and this helps stimulate creativity. Cleanup for this one is also easy and quick.

Another idea is pretzel magic wands! They are ideal for festive kid’s parties and birthdays too. They are fun treats that taste good and look amazing too! To make these treats, you will need pretzel sticks, chocolate, honey, sugar (or your favorite natural sweetener) candy sprinkles and edible glitter. The edible glitter and candy sprinkles are optional, there are some great ideas online if you prefer to make your own. Green and red are very popular if you are making holiday treats. 

Sugar Cookies and Peanut butter blossoms are one that you can always find at kids holiday parties! They are quick, easy and delicious treats that kids love. You can find a variety of tasty variations & healthy alternatives for this one. Sugar cookies are great because they are not only fun during the holidays but any time of year. A fun activity for kids is having a cookie decorating activity. This is something that everyone can take part in.

The best part is that you can find holiday baking treats and healthy variations easier than ever before. There are so many ideas online that can spark an idea for your family or class. The great thing is no matter what you make, when you involve your kids, you can create a fun, unique and tasty learning experience.

If you have a favorite recipe, healthy substitution, or idea, please share in the comments. Happy Holidays from KidsDesk.net!

Learn To Read with Speakaboos

Speakaboos Reading Platform

If you are interested in a fun, unique and exciting way to help children learn to read, consider the award-winning mobile education platform called Speakaboos. It is designed by educators and they have assembled one of the biggest collections of children’s interactive picture books available today. Speakaboos offers a growing library of 150+ stories & songs featuring animation, interactivity, music, and read-along text. They have a partnership with authors, publishers, illustrators and content owners that include Scholastic,  Penguin  and Jim Henson including the hit series Sid the Science Kid along with HIT! Entertainment, Angelina Ballerina.

Children can always discover a new adventure with the wide selection this platform has to offer. Speakaboos can help children grow into confident and independent readers and create an opportunity to ignite love of reading in children. I have a little one who loves new books and this has been an exciting and unique addition to the mix.  Speakaboos is currently utilized by educators in thousands of classrooms and can help turn every moment into an opportunity to read and learn.

You can access Speakaboos with an array of devices in a number of different ways that include:

Note: iOS Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

If you are already a user of Speakaboos, we would love to hear about your experience in the comments section below.

About Speakaboos:
Speakaboos helps children read, explore, and discover books they love based on their interests. Developed by the expert team that brought you Blue’s Clues, SuperWHY!, and NickJr.com, and based on the decades of research and testing of Dr. Alice Wilder, the Speakaboos mobile education platform cultivates literacy and language learning skills for children from preschool to second grade. Our storybooks feature rich illustrations, animated characters, story-driven games, and touch-screen interactions that bring favorite stories to life and keep children engaged while learning. Speakaboos can be enjoyed on computers, tablets, or mobile devices at home and in schools and libraries. Recognized by the National Parenting Council, Education World, American Library Association, and the Aspen Institute, Speakaboos is distributed to thousands of children around the world in strategic partnership with the world’s largest education, media, and technology companies.

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Fun & Education with SpaceRacers™

Space Racers

SpaceRacers™ is a new animated preschool television program that follows young spaceship cadets as they soar through the Solar System learning about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration and the importance of working as a team. The show’s stunning CGI animation combined with actual images from NASA mission, factual science, and space technology, make each action-packed episode entertaining, educational and inspiring for everyone watching. Space Racers also has NASA onboard as technical consultants, reviewing all scripts for accuracy. Our family loves it and we know a two year old who already asks for it by name. Check your local listings for times and channel in your area or visit here to find additional details.

As an added bonus, there is a FREE Space Racers iOS app that launched in September with an android version launching the first week of December. It is internationally available and you can select from three languages English, Spanish and French. This is a very cool app that has a cosmic twist on traditional flying games, where kids can tag-team between four Space Racers characters– Eagle, Robyn, Hawk and Starling.   Players can fly through space & explore 8 engaging worlds through 32 rounds of play while collecting stars, surprise power-ups and hidden rewards, but must avoid obstacles and an empty fuel tank!

Space Racers preschool show

Through self-directed play, children will explore the concept of cause and effect as they pilot spaceships through a progressively challenging and engaging obstacle course. In order to advance, players need to consider scientific variables like the effects of wind, the weight of the spaceship, and the magnetic pull on metal objects. The game is designed to increase perseverance, mastery, and curiosity for preschoolers, as they learn and succeed through exploration. We really think you will love this app, our family did and the kids love the excitement of playing after watching an episode. You can download it currently on iTunes here:
Space Racers!
Space Racers App

You can also visit their website which can be found at www.SpaceRacers.org, they have put together animated episodes, games and printable activities.
We also love the section on the site that we think you will too, it’s the “Parents and Educators” section that features 13 lesson plans and 4 family activities that you can do together.  The lesson plans and activities, which were created in conjunction with WNET Education, go hand in hand with the episodes.

Please give it a try, check out and episode, try the app, visit their site and let us know what you think. We would love to hear your feedback and experience in the comments section below. As a family and educational oriented site, we think you will love this combination of fun and education that Space Racers™ has to offer.

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