Adults today often lament about how spelling and grammar are going by the wayside thanks to text speak, the internet, etc. Instead of waiting until your child morphs into a teen and looses^1 his or her spelling and grammar skills, or waiting until he or she starts “2 typ lyk d1s”, why not work on their spelling and grammar now?
Practice Spelling and Reading with Word Bingo ($0.99)
One of the best apps for kids to practice their spelling with is Word Bingo. Word Bingo has two modes: bingo and spelling practice. In bingo mode, a word is spoken aloud by an in-app character which then must be selected on screen. In spelling practice mode, you have to drag the letters to boxes and make sure they’re in the correct order.
Use ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard to Practice Spelling
We’ve mentioned ShowMe before as a great tool for teachers. You can also use it to get your child or your students to practice writing out/spelling a word without any aid from other tools.
I play a simple game with my son to get him to practice his spelling. I say a word aloud and then he is to write the word on the iPad. For every correctly spelled word, he earns 10 points. For every incorrectly spelled word, he gets 1 point subtracted from his score.
This should go without saying. There are a lot of choices to pick and choose from when it come to interactive eBooks on the iTunes store (if eBooks are your child’s choice of medium) or go traditional with a good old paper book. You can have them read a variety of texts to get a grasp of proper usage of words and even learn a few new words after reading.
Have other ways to jump start your kids’ iPad learning? Comment below to suggest other iPad apps.