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Alphabet Skills

Platforms: iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

Reviews: As one parent writes, “[t]his is not your usual boring alphabet games for kids.” The sounds and animations keep children engaged and entertained.

Alphabytes

Ideal for: Pre-reading

What is it? An app to teach the alphabet and beginning spelling skills. Children trace both uppercase and lowercase letters and play memory games to reinforce letters and words with visuals.

How much is it? $1.99

Platforms: iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

Reviews: Reviews for the app are very good; parents agree that it helps kids learn to write the alphabet. One parent particularly likes how the app teaches both upper- and lowercase letters. Some of the games are perhaps too difficult for toddlers, but they can grow into them. One complaint is that the music cannot be turned off.

Read & Write: Letters, Sounds and Combinations 

Ideal for: Pre-reading

What is it? Read & Write teaches children to recognize letters, so that they canwrite them and pronounce them. There are two modes, Teaching Mode (for educators to show students how to form the letters) and Student Mode (for students to practice).

How much is it? $1.99

Platforms: iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

Reviews: No reviews are available at this time.

Alphabet Fun

Ideal for: Pre-reading

What is it? This app introduces children to the alphabet, colors and numbers. Users scroll through the alphabet, hear the letters’ pronunciations and trace over the letters (alone or in word form) to familiarize themselves with the alphabet. There are over 70 color images in this app.

How much is it? $2.99

Platforms: iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

Reviews: One parent writes that this app is more convenient than flashcards.Other parents say that it is easy to use and a helpful teaching tool. Another reviewer says that the app could be improved if the audio played entire words, not just letters.

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