Write to Read by Writereader Aps – Review

Write to Read by Writereader Aps – Review



What we love…

An easy to use and kid-friendly writing tool that really motivates children to write and read better.

What we’d love to see…

Optional edit lock, text highlighting.

Summary

Learning to read by writing is a brilliant idea that is both fun and effective. WriteReader is the perfect app to accomplish this.

Our Rating

If you are looking for an engaging way to accelerate your child’s reading abilities, then you should check out this app that has been developed to help children learn to read by writing photo stories, an approach that is backed by scientific research and field testing.

The WriteReader App looks like any other story making app in the App Store but it is designed to help children learn to write and read at the same time.  It does the usual – allow the user to create a storybook, insert his own photos/screenshots/text/audio in it, edit it at will and later read or share it with others – but it puts the child in control of the content of the story, specifically the writing.  It does that by including in the app, kid-friendly features that are easy for children (3-10 years old) to learn to use.

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After the title page, you will see 2 separate text boxes on each page that you add – 1 for the child’s experimental writing and another for the adult writing. The child attempts to write a word or sentence to go with each picture/photo in the child writing box and then lets the adult (or an older sibling/friend) translate his writing to proper sentences with the correct spelling. Once done, the child can record himself reading the adult writing. He may even ask if he could correct his own writing. Whatever his reactions, he would be very keen to compare the 2 versions and  in the process, learn to read and spell the words that he had attempted to write .

WriteReader further supports the young writer with a kid-friendly qwerty keyboard that gives him the option to see the letters in lower case just as he would see them in his writing. There is also an option to hear the name of the letters being typed. On this keyboard, the vowels are red while the consonants blue, making the search for them easy. My son quickly learnt to use both the consonants and vowels together as he listened to the sounds in each syllable/word.

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This app does not have many fanciful extras. There are no stickers, font library, borders nor drawing tools (though you can use screenshots of your child’s drawings done in other apps) that may distract your child from the task of writing which is a good thing. What you get instead is more opportunities for your child to write when he adds interesting captions, speech and thought bubbles to the photos. You can choose the colors of these bubbles as well as the text within. In edit mode, you can delete and rearrange the individual pages, a feature that is sometimes missing in other apps. You can print (via AirPrint), email your story or share via Facebook in pdf. You also have the option to share only the child or adult writing or have both.

 

photoWriteReader is suitable for children of different abilities with the appropriate level of adult assistance. A younger child who has yet to learn the letter sounds can first record his thoughts using the app’s recording feature and then have the adult type out the adult text for the child to copy into the child box. Another child may prefer to have suggested key words or writing prompts given in the adult text box to help him get started while a more competent writer can type up to 4 lines of text on each page and leave out the adult writing.

The app now has an iPhone version, which is great since we take our photos with the handy iPhone most of the time. I hope to see further updates to include an optional edit lock and text highlighting which would be so helpful for younger children.

My 6 year old son has been very eager to make his own stories since he was shown how to use the app. He loves it that he could express his thoughts through writing (typing) without the stress of getting everything right.  He still needs a lot of help with spelling and forming proper sentences but he is very motivated because the books are personal to him and he loves to read his stories over and over again.  For me, it was great working with him on this app. He was attentive when I emphasized the speech sounds to help him form his words.  This reinforces the phonic rules and sight words that he has learnt in a meaningful activity.  The recording feature also helped him in his reading fluency and clarity.  I really like this app and I foresee that we will be using WriteReader very often.

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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.
 Preposition Builder from Mobile Education – Review & Giveaway

Preposition Builder from Mobile Education – Review & Giveaway


Review by Mary

Preposition Builder is the newest offering from Mobile Education, who are known for high quality Speech and Language apps. Kyle Thomson is the father of a special needs child and he founded the company to provide affordable, fun educational tools for elementary school age children.

The app opens on a settings page where you enter the child’s name (it will track data on multiple users), and choose from various options including which prepositions to work on.

In play mode the child will see a fun cartoon-like picture and an incomplete sentence. They have to choose between three options (e.g. in/on/under) to complete the sentence. If they get it right, the completed sentence is spoken and the child gets the chance to record themselves saying it and listen to the playback. My daughter loves this feature and lights up every time she gets to do s0. If they pick the wrong answer the fun really starts – the card flips over to show a picture of that preposition being used correctly. My son thought this was hilarious and loved to see the wrong answers. They then get the chance to try again.

This app has a lot of content, there are 9 groups of 3 prepositions, and 21 cards for each group. The prepositions covered range from simple (e.g. on), to more complex (e.g. around or through). Kyle says he aims to produce apps that are fun and engaging, he has certainly done so with this app. When I was using it with my 4 ½ year old daughter she was having so much fun her twin brother insisted on being allowed to play too.

  

The only thing I feel is missing from this app is the ability to have a “read to me” option for the incomplete sentence, this would be useful when using it with children who are not yet readers. The developer is very open to feedback and has said he is considering adding this in a future update.

Overall, I would highly recommend this for elementary school age children with speech or language delays, and I also feel this app would also work well with younger children looking to expand their vocabulary. It is more engaging than other preposition apps I have tried and has a lot of content for the price.

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PrepositionBuilder™
PrepositionBuilder™
by Mobile Education Store LLC

Category: Education, Games, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 135.77 MB

$7.99USD

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
 Apraxia Ville by Smarty Ears – Review

Apraxia Ville by Smarty Ears – Review



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What we love…

The flexibility in choices for targets, homework sheet, data collection, compatible with therapy report center

What we’d love to see…

Note taking section, real faces for sound production examples, reinforcement activity

Summary

Wonderful app that fills a void and saves a lot of preparation time.

Our Rating

Apraxia VilleSmarty Ears was founded in December of 2009 by  Barbara Fernandes, a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association.The company develops apps that allow speech language pathologists (SLPs) and families to practice communication skills with children. Their apps are known for their detailed data collection (especially  for SLPs), that can be imported to Smarty Ears’ therapy report center allowing all data collected in any of their assessment or therapy apps to be in one place that can then be printed or shared with family through email. (I have very involved families who love the emails when I have time to send them, and love that so much data is stored in one place for progress reports) Their programs also allow for customization for the personal touch. The video tutorials are also  very helpful. Apraxia Ville is an iPad only app, and the first app from Smarty Ears designed to specifically treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech. The app has a farmyard theme with cute cartoon animals.

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Apraxia is an area of speech therapy that many speech therapists make their own materials for, as the pre packaged materials are usually costly enough that SLPs don’t want to spend their budget on one program. Their are only a few apps that systematically treat apraxia. Even though more apps state they are for the treatment of apraxia most do not have the capability of separating words into the syllable types needed for apraxia therapy, the therapist would need to separate the words manually. Apraxia Ville allows sorting of words by syllable type, sound type, and specific vowels without having to sort through the words and manually sort. Up to four children can work on their own targets on their turn without having to keep cards separated for each child’s targets. Talk about portability and ease of use! An SLPs dream for group treatment of apraxic students with different sound difficulties. This allows for less time planning, choosing pictures and keeping targets separated for students and more time actually working on the correct targets for each child!

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The  Sound Windows activity is perfect for students needing sound and syllable practice. Each window contains animations for vowels and consonants which  provide an animated visual aid for phoneme production. The Farm House is where players can practice single-syllable word production at the CV ( Consonant-vowel), VC ( vowel-consonant) or CVC level. The Words Farm is where players can learn and practice multi-syllabic word production by combining single-syllable words from the Farm House. There is a built-in voice recorder so students can record and playback their utterances. Things I would like to see added in a future update are:  a note taking section, real faces in the sound production and some reinforcement to keep young kids attention.

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Overall, a wonderful app that fills a void and saves a lot of preparation time.

 
Apraxia Ville – Smarty Ears

Apraxia Ville
Apraxia Ville
by Smarty Ears

Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 298.82 MB

$29.99USD

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Suzanne is married with one fantastic 12 year old daughter. Suzanne is a school speech language pathologist in the public schools and enjoys her job tremendously. She and her family have recently moved from North Dakota to Texas and are enjoying the wonderful climate change this move has provided. Suzanne has always been the power user of new electronics in her schools and loves to teach others what she has learned. She shares her knowledge of appropriate apps with coworkers and families.
 Beck and Bo – Review & Giveaway

Beck and Bo – Review & Giveaway



What we love…

A unique fun, educational app. Children can explore, build, have fun and learn at the same time. The graphics are fun and engaging.

What we’d love to see…

Option to have the words displayed in uppercase  or lowercase.

Summary

This is a wonderful app for toddlers and pre-schoolers, and unlike any other I have seen. Younger elementary school age children will enjoy it too – my five-year-old daughter has had many hours of fun playing with it. It is both fun and educational. Highly recommended.

Our Rating

Beck and Bo is a unique fun, educational app for children aged 2-6 years old.  It is available as a universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and is also available for Android. It is part puzzle, part free play. Children play with objects in the scenes, listen to their names and sounds, and see how these words are spelled in the interactive albums. It contains twelve different scenes to explore. There are no adverts, social media links or in-app purchases. It can be enjoyed in English or Swedish. The app is accompanied by lively background music and realistic sound effects. In the sound settings you can choose from sounds only, sounds and names or mute settings.


The app is designed to look like a collage, the background looks like cardboard and the different elements look like they were drawn or cut out from a variety of materials. Each scene starts with a simple background, then objects appear one by one, for the child to place in the scene. If the child doesn’t place the object a circle appears over it to remind them. Once the object is in its correct position it comes to life e.g. the sun shines, the clouds move across the sky and the radio plays music. If names are switched on the name of the object is also spoken – this is great for young children learning the names of objects, and I like the ability to switch it off for older children. Once the scene is complete the child earns a star and access to that scene’s interactive album. In the album they can see all the objects from that scene, with the name written beside it (in lowercase letters), touching the name  or object causes the name to be spoken. It would be nice to also have an uppercase option for children just learning their letters. This feature is good not only for young children learning object names, but also for word recognition in kindergarten students learning to read.

There are a nice variety of scenes for the child to play with and learn from, including a beach scene, a grocery store, an African safari, a snowy day, and a park. Beck and Bo are a boy and girl, and they appear in every scene, the child can interact with them e.g. by sending them on a sled ride, helping them swim in the ocean or swinging them on a swing. There are also other elements they can interact with e.g. using the watering can to water the flowers, picking apples from the tree or throwing a ball to knock down stacks of rubber ducks at the carnival. The grocery store scene also works on visual perception as Beck and Bo think of objects, and the child has to find them and put them in their shopping trolley.  When creating the scenes the objects do have to be placed in a logical place e.g. clouds in the sky or a window on a house, but the child can still use their imagination and creativity in playing with the non-fixed objects such as Beck and Bo and various animals and toys.


This is a wonderful app for toddlers and pre-schoolers and unlike any other I have seen. Younger elementary school age children will enjoy it too – my five-year-old daughter has had many hours of fun with it. Highly recommended. A free lite version is also available which allows you to explore three of the scenes.

Beck & Bo: Toddler First Words, Pretend Play Games
Beck & Bo: Toddler First Words, Pretend Play Games
by AVOKIDDO

Category: Education, Games, Educational, Word
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 85.84 MB

$2.99USD

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If you would like to win a promo code for this app for the iOS version, please enter via the widget below. Winners will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide, and an iTunes account is required to claim the prize. Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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