Kindergarten is a much more aggressive schooling experience than years back when I myself went over thirty plus years ago. Now, there are even Kindergarten apps to help with learning.
My oldest entered kindergarten this Fall being equipped with knowledge of her alphabet, as well as numbers through at least 20 counting wise.
She even knew how to say and write her name, as well (as you all know from this experience). When I was her age I barely knew how to write my first name let alone my last name, too.
Yet my girl, as well as all kids, need to be able to do this and so much more.
So, to help her, as a teacher and mother alike, I have taken to one of my favorite ways in reinforcing these basic concepts. How? By using hands-on, engaging methods with the use of my very own iPad to do this for her.
The iPad truly has a great many kindergarten apps to help both letters (including phonics) and numbers (counting and simple math) alike.
And yet, they indeed have so many kindergarten apps that I had to take to doing a bit of research and legwork to find out, which would be the best at helping her.
Still as promised to a few of my blogger friends recently, I am sharing which kindergarten apps I found the most helpful for us.
So without further ado, here are the four kindergarten apps (2 for letters and 2 for math) that we used…
1. Splash Math – Grade K Math:
Truly allows kids to get started with Math practice in a fun way, because it is a visual app that helps visual learners with pictures and problem solving, too (and also aligned with the Common Core Standards). It is fun, because it is set up as a game that as the child advances to each new level they get prizes of animals and trees/bushes to add their virtual jungle.
The app teaches not teaches and practices counting numbers, but also adds in kindergarten addition, subtraction and other basic math concepts such as simple geometry with shapes – 2D/3D figures, as well. Parents can even tailor their kids math lessons, like I set Emma’s to practice 11-20, since she is very comfortable with 1-10, I wanted to give her as much exposure to the numbers 11-20 as much as I could.
Get it here.
2. Counting Caterpillar (Math):
This one is purely for counting (number skills) and actually goes up to 100. The concept is that the caterpillar is hungry. Your child has to feed the caterpillar the correct numbers in sequence. You can count by 1’s (1-10, the 11-20 and so on), 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.
We have only really used the 1’s so far, but for Emma who has only gone up to 20 before this, she has already learned so many of the numbers after counting and has been having so much fun being rewarded with different pretty colored butterflies that counting has become fun and definitely not a chore to her.
It might not have as much detail as Splash Math with other math concepts, but still for counting skills this one is not only a great resource, but fun for kids, too.
Get it here.
3. MyABC (7 in 1): Write & Learn Alphabets & Letter Sounds:
Not only can kids learn how to write and pronounce each of the 26 letters in the alphabet with animals or foods using visual images, but this app also includes fun games with 12 matching games, 4 square face games, alphabet sorting game and 3 recognizing pattern games, too. Plus, parents can create ABCs words sets, images and sounds, too for up to 20 word lists.
Bottom line this app not only helps your child letter how to write and be comfortable with the letter sounds, but have fun once again while doing this.
Get it here.
4. ABC Pocket Phonics:
Teaches the basics of reading and writing to young kids by helping kids with their letter sounds, first words and even handwriting. It happens to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards (which love it or hate it is what most school country wide are indeed using).
The thing I love about this app is that not only does it help in learning how to pronounce one letter at a time like the letter, “C”, “A”, “T” but also builds upon the letters to how how to blend theme easily together, so that they can say the letters together to pronounce the word, “CAT”.
All together kids, can learn over 160 words this way. For the writing portion, kids can write in either upper or lowercase and even script for older kids, as well. On top of all this, there is parent portal where you can keep track of your child’s progress. And as the child learns one word, it then begins to recognize that the child can be challenged to indeed learn another, new word, too.
Get it here.
So, there you have it 4 note worthy iPad apps that we use and are happy to share to help your little ones with their letter sounds and numbers, too!
*A side note this is not a sponsored post in any way, shape or form. Just did the legwork and research on my own for learning apps and wanted to Pay It Forward and share with my readers who may be looking for some learning resources and help for their little ones.*