What iPad apps are the best to use in the classroom? Is this a question you’ve ever asked? I am constantly asked this question from parents and colleagues. The new BOB Books: Reading Magic Sight Words App is one of my new favorites! Many of you are familiar with the amazing BOB Books box sets. Bob Books, America’s #1 learn to read program, is proud to present Bob Books Reading Magic – Sight Words, the newest addition to their popular series of apps for 3-5 year olds. This is a must have app in any kindergarten or 1st grade classroom!
The app has a very simple, easy-to-use home screen that students are easily able to navigate independently. The background music is also very catchy – I know my students especially like it! Students simply press the “play” button to begin!
From the multiple stories that students can choose from, there are four different levels. The levels are as follows:
Level 1: Students match letter tiles to the correct letters. When the students place the correct letter tiles on each letter, the voiceover spells out the sight word.
Level 2: Students trace each letter with their finger on the iPad or iPhone. This is a great way to practice forming each letter.
Level 3: Students spin the spinner until the correct letter is shown in each position. This level is more difficult, but it is great for challenging our students.
Level 4: Students need to identify the correct sight word from a variety of words shown on the screen.
Since it is the beginning of the school year, my students are currently working on levels 1 and 2. However, as we learn more sight words, I will allow my students to move to levels 3 and 4.
There are a variety of stories that your students can choose from. With 10 stories focusing on 30 common Kindergarten sight words, this app is everything I’ve been looking for. This app provides students with authentic hand-drawn illustrations and full-color animations that make it fun and engaging for all types of learners.
Students press each word to have the voiceover reader read the words to them. When they press the Kindergarten sight word, the students must complete each task depending on the selected level.
As students press each letter tile, the voiceover reader identifies each letter. Students must drag the letter on the correct letter. When the students have completed the sight word, the voiceover reader reads the whole sentence and the picture comes to life!
Spelling each sight word completes the story. This app is sure to keep your child or students engaged and excited about learning!
Level 2 reinforces the printing of each letter. This is perfect for my class right now as we are learning how to print each letter in our ABC Bootcamp!
Bob Books has a variety of apps and box sets that are perfect for any level of reader. Be sure to check out all their Box sets too! Also, don’t forget to check out this Bob Books App Bundle that is perfect for any classroom!
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Chad Boender is a teacher blogger and author of Male Kindergarten Teacher, a blog focused on curriculum-based projects and children’s crafts. He also shares content to bring you helpful hints on important things (ie: classroom organization, teacher hacks, strategic planning, etc.). Chad is a member of a very elite group of male kindergarten teachers. Yes, that’s right, he teaches kindergarten. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Professional Education and is currently pursuing a degree in Educational Leadership, M.Ed.