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.
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.