I was asked in a tweet the other day about the Apps I have. And I realized that I couldn’t reply in a tweet, as I have far too many! So I’ve decided to dedicate a few blog posts to the topic. The question related specifically to apps that help with speech development, so I have categorized this first list into ‘word recognition’ and ‘encouraging speech through interaction’. Hope it might be helpful!
Word / Sound recognition (simplest to most complex)
1. I Hear Ewe – three pages of common sounds with very clear, short explanations
2. My Preschool Word – my kids love unlocking jewels by listening to the song of the word they just met – and then putting the image onto crazy photos!
3. Dot to Dot Numbers & Letters – simple dot to dot, with clear number pronunciation
4. Baby Cloud Apps First Words Free – clear pictures with spoken object names
5. Melvin’s Marvellous Words – a memory game using words
6. Little Speller… Three letter words – learn to spell with large pictures and clear word / letter pronunication
7. My First Words; Flashcards – categories with large pictures and clearly spoken words
8. A1 Spelling App – eight categories, with the words spoken by a child instead of an adult.
9. Phonics Genius – clearly spoken words in word families. No pictures, though.
10. Articulation Station – divided into sounds, and the sound placement within the word. Examples are given in words, sentences, and stories. A very thorough app!
Encouraging speech through interaction
- VidRhythm (pictured) – this app really encouraged my youngest to copy the sounds and words, to make the music video. Of this entire list today, this App would be my favourite.
- Puppet Pals HD – make your own puppet show using up to 8 characters and 3 backgrounds
- Play School Art Maker – theme-based, choose which characters and objects you want to play, and record videos of your play.
- Talking Gina the Giraffe / Talking Tom Cat and similar ‘Talking” apps.