GrasshopperApps.com has developed yet another very simple, yet very effective app to teach young children how to read.
This app focuses on about 300 vocabulary words which are only four letters in length. The object of the app is to match up a picture of the word from the left hand side of the screen, to the written word on the right hand side of the screen. By touching the written word, or the picture, the student hears a narrator say how the word is read. Children can then easily match the words and objects; associating the written image and the picture with the sound of the word. In this way, students learn to read these words and understand what the items are.
In addition to the basic game-like experience, there is the option to record your, or your child's own voice. In addition, on can add their own word list. The app is constructed in a way that is very simple to use, allowing a child to easily get the hang of it and participate.
A parental controls section allows parents to select difficulty levels (multiple choice ranging from 2 to 4 words at a time) or allow students to go through the vocabulary words one by one. Parents can turn off the audio hints, which in turn adds another level of difficulty.
While this is obviously not the totality of reading ability a young child should learn, it certainly is a great place to start. The app is designed for ages 0-6.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.