This is arguably the most comprehensive reading app available on the app store. It is probably the best way to improve English spelling and reading skills without the use of a teacher, or perhaps only necessitating slight help from a tutor.
The application walks the student, step by step, through the world of phonics and syllables. The lessons are dictated and followed by spelling challenges. There are hints available and, if needed, every consonant and vowel sound of every word it asks you to spell can be activated to help the student choose the proper letters to spell each word.
The application walks through various stages of reading and the English language, using phonics alone. There are many lessons and even I picked up new rules of English that I had never known before.
For example: did you know that a noun or a verb that is a key word in a sentence must have a minimum of three letters? I didn't. That makes the difference between your students saying, "I stayed at the in", and "I stayed at the inn".
This application teaches over a year's worth of curriculum. There are over 650 words, which are divided into 54 lists. Each list is organized by spelling patterns and difficulty levels. The list also come with a full lesson that teaches the basic building blocks of spelling in the English language.
If you have children, or are yourself a student, and you want to improve your spelling, reading and vocabulary, then this is the app for you.
Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.