Lakeshore Learning has recently come out with a few educational iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch apps that teach and reinforce phonics skills for early elementary aged children. These apps are being offered for free through December 30, 2011. Each app is described below.
Beginning Sounds Interactive Game
Letter of the Day Interactive Activities
Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe Interactive Game
This app features a tic-tac-toe game that can be played by 2 people. To win an "X" or an "O" each player must answer a phonics question correctly. Students will answer questions like "Which word has a long i sound?" and "Which of these words has a different ending sound than the others?" Perfect for ages 6 - 8.
Classroom Integration Ideas:
These apps would be ideal in a learning center with small groups of students. Students could work individually or together to complete the activities within each app. If you have an iPad dongle for your classroom, the Letter of the Day app would be a good one to use as a whole class activity when introducing or reinforcing a particular letter of the alphabet.