I had a rummage around last weekend for an iPad app for high frequency words. There are lots of great apps available but I was looking for one that was free 😉
I was delighted to find this one by “Teacher Created Materials Publishing”.
As you can see it covers 25 high frequency words (HFW) that children need to learn to read “by sight”. This means that they are not phonologically regular and cannot be sounded out.
I love the fact that the words are broken up into bite sized chunks. Your child can then learn or revise just a small number, experience success and move on to the next level. It can be frustrating to be staring at a very long list of words!
The app is very user friendly for children. It is brightly coloured and nice and large for little hands to use and to read.
How to use this app:
- To hear the word- click on the “star” on the left of the screen
- To record yourself saying the word- click the microphone button and keep it depressed while you say the word.
- Write the word- use your pointer finger to write it on the screen
- To erase the word- click the eraser icon
At the end of your 5 words you make a jigsaw, play hangman, concentration or Tic Tac Toe. Kids are all about the games…!
It’s nice to find an app that you can use as a test. You could use it to test your child’s level of recall by not pressing on the “star”. In fact, if you go to their website by following this link you will get a printable checklist for sight words 1-25.
You can also download these free printable flashcards from teachercreatedmaterials.com. You could print a double set and play “snap” or “go fish”. I just love how well thought out these teachercreatedmaterials.com games are.
I can hardly believe that this app is free! I was pleasantly surprised to see the cost of purchasing the full app. Please click here to be taken to teachercreatedmaterials.com app store.
I hope that you find this post useful. Are any of you already using this app? Have you others that you can recommend?
Miss Mernagh 🙂