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Early Education Apps

Suggested iPad apps for Nursery to Kindergarten.

ABC MAGIC PHONICS-Learning Sounds and Letters

This app will help your child learn the sounds of the letters of the alphabet, which are necessary for reading. Learning the sounds of the letters gives your child the tools for reading and helps them become better readers. A matching phonetic photo image is matched with each letter to help your child learn the sound of each letter.

LOWERCASE
Don’t waste your child’s time teaching them capital letters, which represent only 5% of the words in printed text. 95% of the printed word in books and periodicals is in lowercase letters. Give your child the smart start of learning lowercase letters first.

LETTER SOUNDS
The sounds of the letters are what give children the tools for reading.
Just like counting skills are the foundations of addition, knowing the sounds of the letters are the foundations of reading. Contrary to popular belief and the current educational paradigm, teaching your child the names of the letters DOES NOT help your child learn how to read! TEACHING THE SOUNDS OF THE LETTERS DOES HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN HOW TO READ! Give your child the smart start of learning the sounds of the letters!

RHYTHM
The repetition and rhythm of the words will help your child memorize the sounds of the letters.

VISUAL
The photograph images and colored letters will help your child in learning the letter sounds.

AUDITORY
Children speak all the sounds and words.
Each letter will repeat its sound when touched.
Each photo will say its name when touched.
Most young learners child will enjoy repeating the sounds they hear on this app.

FOCUS
All distracting bells and whistles have been removed to allow your child to focus on the essential skill to be learned here-associating a letter with its most commonly occurring sound using photographs.

A team of educators using accelerated learning techniques and Montessori principles developed this app. It has been tested and used with preschool children. The children loved it and it helped them learn the letter sounds. Please give us your feedback and suggestions.

ABC MAGIC PHONICS 2

This app will help your child learn the sounds of the letters of the alphabet, which are necessary for reading. Learning the sounds of the letters gives your child the tools for reading and helps them become better readers. In this version 4 phonetic matching phonetic photo images are matched with each letter to help your child learn the sound of each letter. This builds on the previous app and will help your child prepare for the next app in the series.

LOWERCASE
Don’t waste your child’s time teaching them capital letters, which represent only 5% of the words in printed text. 95% of the printed word in books and periodicals is in lowercase letters. Give your child the smart start of learning lowercase letters first.

LETTER SOUNDS
The sounds of the letters are what give children the tools for reading.
Just like counting skills are the foundations of addition, knowing the sounds of the letters are the foundations of reading. Contrary to popular belief and the current educational paradigm, teaching your child the names of the letters DOES NOT help your child learn how to read! TEACHING THE SOUNDS OF THE LETTERS DOES HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN HOW TO READ! Give your child the smart start of learning the sounds of the letters!

RHYTHM
The repetition and rhythm of the words will help your child memorize the sounds of the letters.

VISUAL
The photograph images and colored letters will help your child in learning the letter sounds.

AUDITORY
Children speak all the sounds and words.
Each letter will repeat its sound when touched.
Each photo will say its name when touched.
Most young learners child will enjoy repeating the sounds they hear on this app.

FOCUS
All distracting bells and whistles have been removed to allow your child to focus on the essential skill to be learned here-associating a letter with its most commonly occurring sound using photographs.

A team of educators using accelerated learning techniques and Montessori principles developed this app. It has been tested and used with preschool children. The children loved it and it helped them learn the letter sounds. Please give us your feedback and suggestions.

Tiggly Safari: Preschool Shapes Learning Game

Lions and dolphins and pigs, oh my! Use your Tiggly shapes to construct friendly animals from the jungle, farm, and sea. Tiggly Safari is an excellent learning experience for your children to learn about shapes and to improve their spatial thinking.

Each level of the game is designed based on what we know about children’s spatial cognition development. In the first level, children match shapes with what they see on the screen and create simple animals out of single shapes. As the levels proceed, children are challenged to create more complex animals with combinations of shapes, recognize and match basic shapes in various orientations, and practice their hand-eye coordination by catching moving objects— all while being amazed by the cute animals they are creating!

Recommended age: 18 months - 4 years old

Tiggly Safari is designed to interact with Tiggly Shapes, a set of 4 basic geometric blocks that offer the most effective learning experience for young kids. Tiggly Shapes are safe for your tablet and your toddler. When you purchase Tiggly Shapes, you unlock all three apps: Tiggly Safari, Tiggly Stamp, and Tiggly Draw.

You can also try lite versions of the apps without Tiggly Shapes.

FEATURES IN THE FULL VERSION:

  • See and match four basic shapes in different orientations to help develop your child’s spatial thinking
  • Hear and see the names repeated for each animal, helping children learn to speak and spell new words
  • Funny and friendly animal sounds that make children laugh
  • Seven exciting levels that adapt to your child’s advancing understanding
  • Constructive feedback and guidance to help children overcome challenges
  • Three environments: a farm, a jungle, and an ocean
  • Can be played with or without Tiggly Shapes
  • Kid-friendly interface
  • Parents section includes many tips to optimize your child’s learning
  • No in-app purchases
  • Includes 7 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Portuguese

About Tiggly
The Tiggly team is made up of PhDs, MBAs, parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts who want to help parents introduce their children to the digital world in an easy yet educational way. Our educator-designed tablet toys interact with our learning apps because we believe there is a powerful learning opportunity in the combination of physical and digital play. Children explore geometric shapes and spatial relations by manipulating physical geometric blocks while interacting with their digital creations. Our team collaborates with Grammy and Emmy-award winning creative talent to craft products that parents and children both love.

Tiggly Cardtoons: Learn to Count with 25 Interactive Kids Stories

Play Advances Language (PAL) Award Winning App (enhanced by Tiggly Math)
Calling all future mathematicians and storytellers! Count, drag, match, and enjoy as the seemingly simple buttons you create come alive becoming part of a wildly imaginative cornucopia of storytelling. Ordinary pieces of cardboard shuffle into a variety of positions, each time becoming something new and unexpected. One bluefish with a fancy bow tie, two peanuts for a hungry elephant, three candles for a cow’s birthday cake, four gumballs for a bubble blowing frog, and five silly bananas on a camel’s back! These are just some of the stories you will help bring to life as the buttons you create set the stage for a journey through counting and the depths of your imagination!

Tiggly Cardtoons will help you learn basic math ideas such as one-to-one matching, counting, and equal sets while stretching your imagination and sense of wonderment. These creative learning math stories are recommended for ages 3 and up.

FEATURES

  • 25 imaginative stories focused on numbers
  • Unique illustrations with textures taken from the real world
  • Guided counting gestures important for developing counting skills
  • Lots of free play surprises. Don’t forget to explore!
  • No third party advertising
  • No in-app purchases

COUNTING

  • Your child will create buttons by tapping and dragging them to targets, and listen to the narrator count as they interact with them
  • The buttons will transform into a variety of unexpected objects including 1 tiny flower, 2 giant peanuts, 3 brave little mice, 4 leaves for a hungry herbivore to eat, or 5 yellow fish playing hide and seek with a submarine.
  • And, that’s only the beginning of the story! Tiggly Cardtoons will help your child concretize abstract math in the context of familiar yet surprising events.

FLEXIBLE THINKING AND CREATIVITY

  • Ever wonder what you could make with two pieces of cardboard? How about if we add a third piece? A forth one? A fifth one? Creativity is about constant experimentation, surprises, and imagining things in many different ways. We invite your child to imagine what a piece of cardboard could transform into -- and in so doing, encourage them to imagine all the possibilities that abound in their everyday lives.

ABOUT TIGGLY MATH (sold separately)

Kids love Tiggly Cardtoons as a standalone learning app, but better yet enhance your child’s learning with Tiggly Math physical toys (sold separately).

  • Tiggly Math are five colorful counting toys, safe for your tablet and your child, that physically interact with three parent- and educator-approved Tiggly learning apps for the iPad – including Tiggly Chef, Tiggly Addventure, and Tiggly Cardtoons.
  • Inspired by the classic Cuisenaire rods used in Montessori classrooms, Tiggly Math is a revolutionary math learning toy for kids in the digital age
  • Tillywig Brain Child 2014 Award Winning Toy
  • Lightweight and easily grasped in small hands, Tiggly Math toys help young learners understand the relationships between numbers both concretely and spatially.

ABOUT TIGGLY
The Tiggly team is made up of PhDs, MBAs, parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts who want to help parents introduce their children to the digital world in an easy yet educational way. Our educator-designed tablet toys interact with our learning apps because we believe there is a powerful learning opportunity in the combination of physical and digital play. Children explore mathematic concepts and numerical relations by manipulating physical number blocks while playing in wonderful digital worlds that stretch their imagination, and spark their creativity. Our team collaborates with Grammy and Emmy-award winning creative talent to craft products that parents and children both love. Tiggly products are available in 20+ countries and in more than 300 Apple Store locations across four continents, in addition to specialty retailers worldwide.

Sago Sago - Toolbox

Come build with the Sago Mini friends! Use a wrench, try a saw, or hammer some nails. From sewing hand puppets to building a robot, there are tons of jobs to be done. Grab your toolbox and let’s go!

Pocket Charts! Pro

Do you love classroom Pocket Charts? Pocket Charts! Pro combines 21 pocket chart activities for your child to use on the iPad. Just like the pocket chart games popular in the classroom, this app gives young students a fun way to practice adding and subtracting, sorting blends and digraphs, matching positional words to picture, spelling 3 letter words, combining images to build compound words. The youngest iPad users are not left out, some early learning activities include counting, sorting, matching colors, shapes and uppercase to lowercase letters.

Administrative features allow teachers/parents to manage the functionality of the app and track student progress. Pocket Charts! Pro gives kids a lot of learning fun for a very small price. Here’s what’s included:

• Upper and Lowercase Letter Matching

     • Beginning Letter Sounds

     • Colors and Color Words

     • Counting

     • Shape Matching

     • Long and Short Vowel Sounds

     • Rhyming Words

     • Consonant Blends and Digraphs

     • Ending Letter Sounds

     • Position Words

     • Numbers and Number Words

     • Pre-Number Category Sorting

     • Compound Words

     • Spelling 3-Letter Words

     • Word Families

     • Fractions

     • Single-digit Addition and Subtraction

     • Halloween Match

     • Thanksgiving Match

     • Christmas/Hanukkah Match

     • Egg Match

Teach and reinforce basic skills with Pocket Charts! Pro. Each game requires 3-5 minutes for a young learner to complete, making this iPad app ideal for students with limited attention spans or those requiring highly visual or tactile learning experiences. Additionally, these activities are designed to lock and play only in the portrait mode in order to simplify game play and eliminate an orientation switch if young learners jostle the iPad while playing.

Good Neighbor Press has specialized in the development, illustration, design and production of educational material since 1991. High quality, developmentally-appropriate educational material with clean, charming instructional design is our specialty! For additional information on our activity book series, downloadable worksheet units, or free downloadable worksheets please visit www.goodneighborpress.com.

Look for all our Early Childhood iPad Apps by searching Good Neighbor Press in the App Store.

Starfall FREE

The Starfall Free app requires an internet connection. Become a Starfall member to unlock all of the content. The app's offerings will continue to expand as the Starfall Team transitions the popular website's content for delivery to mobile devices.

Starfall is the brain-child of Stephen Schutz. At age 9, Stephen was still struggling to read. What came easily for his peers required many more hours of his work. As a reader, he was consistently toward the bottom of his class. Now a PhD in physics and a successful publisher and artist, Dr. Schutz, with the help of his dedicated team, created Starfall to ensure today's children have resources that can help.

Epic! - Unlimited Books for Kids

Epic! is the leading all-you-can-read eBook library for kids 12 and under offering unlimited access to over 10,000 high-quality children’s books, now including thousands of read-to-me and Audio books.

There are 2 versions of Epic!, both accessible through the one app:

  1. EPIC! FOR THE HOME

Epic! costs only $4.99/month with the first month FREE and supports up to 4 individual child profiles per account. Each child receives personalized recommendations based on their reading level and interests, helping them discover new books they will love. No commitments or hassles. You can easily cancel at any time.

  1. EPIC! FOR EDUCATORS

Epic! is absolutely free to elementary school teachers and school librarians in the US and Canada. A favorite with teachers and students around the country, Epic! brings access to unlimited children's literature into every classroom. Epic! encourages young readers with badges and rewards, while letting teachers assign books and track individual reading progress.

THE EPIC! LIBRARY

Epic!’s award-winning service includes a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books from leading publishers such as Scholastic, National Geographic, HarperCollins, Macmillan and many more. With over 10,000 books available now and many more titles added each week, Epic! has been called the “Netflix of kids' books” – it's an unlimited library your kids can take anywhere!

Well-known books and series include Fancy Nancy, Flat Stanley, Warriors, Rainbow Magic Fairies, The Chronicles of Narnia, Disney’s Frozen, Ramona, Batman, Goosebumps, Clifford, A Series of Unfortunate Events, National Geographic Kids, Goodnight Moon, The Berenstain Bears, Big Nate, and many more.

The Epic! library contains everything from picture books to chapter books, early readers, audiobooks, “read to me” audio books, comic books, graphic novels, non-fiction titles, educational books, and junior novels.

PRESS AND EXPERT REVIEWS

Epic! has been featured in USA Today, Parenting.com, Parents, CNET, Forbes, Publisher’s Weekly and more. Here's what the press and the experts are saying about Epic!:

“We’re proud to offer our titles on Epic! which provides an innovative mobile reading experience for kids and fosters a love of reading in a whole new way.” - Chantal Restivo-Alessi (Chief Digital Officer, HarperCollins Publishers)

“Epic strikes the perfect balance between educational and fun, and should allow parents to feel more confident about introducing the iPad into their children’s daily lives as a tool” - TechCrunch

"get access to thousands of books on all subject matters" - Parenting.com

“one handy app that that offers all-you-can-read selections for a low monthly fee” - Cool Mom Tech

KEY FEATURES

• Over 10,000 great titles with many more added weekly
• Audiobooks and “read-to-me” books
• Individual customized child profiles at no additional cost
• Personalized book recommendations for each child
• Online and offline reading (take Epic! in the car, on a plane, or camping)
• A detailed reading log to track reading progress available in the app, and emailed weekly to parents
• Access your Epic! account and Epic!’s full library on any device

  • Includes a 30 day free trial and just $4.99/ month after that
  • Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
  • Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
  • Account will be charged $4.99 for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period
  • The user may manage subscriptions & may turn off auto-renewal by going to Account Settings after purchase
  • No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period
  • Any unused portion of a free trial period will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to Epic!
Endless Alphabet

** 2013 App of the Year Runner-Up **
** App Store's Editor's Choice **

From the team at Originator - the creators of Sesame Street's Monster at the End of This Book, and Another Monster at the End of This Book. Originator is a team of passionate artists and engineers dedicated to the best education+entertainment apps for kids. We hope you enjoy playing with Endless Alphabet as much as we enjoy making it.

Set the stage for reading success with this delightfully interactive educational app. Kids will have a blast learning their ABC's and building vocabulary with the adorable monsters in Endless Alphabet. Each word features an interactive puzzle game with talking letters and a short animation illustrating the definition. Before you know it, your child will be using words like gargantuan and cooperate!

** NOTE: You must be online and have ample disk space while running the app to see words beyond G! **

Features:

  • Over 50 words to learn and play with.
  • Delightful animations teach children the definitions of the words in a fun and engaging way.
  • Word game teaches children letters.
  • 3D Touch on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus makes letters and words react in an extra special way!
  • Endless Alphabet was designed with your children in mind - there are no high scores, failures, limits or stress. Your children can interact with the app at their own pace.
TinyHands Sorting 2, Educational puzzle games for Babies, Toddlers & Preschool kids, Learning apps for boys & girls, ...

About the game:

"TinyHands Sorting 2" is an educational game for children of age 2.5 and up.
The game consists of 15 beautiful environments each focused on a set of basic concepts from the child's world such as shapes, colors, seasons, animals and vehicles.

The game is designed to enhance the following skills:

  • Sorting and classifying
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Concentration
  • Visual perception
  • Vocabulary

Tiny Hands offers a bundle package which I would highly recommend! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app-bundle/tinyhands-super-bundle/id921541033?mt=8