Spelling City

All in one vocabulary, spelling and data tracking.

All in one vocabulary, spelling and data tracking.

Are you looking to customize your students spelling, writing, and assignments for all of your students?  Please check out the app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spellingcity/id538407602?mt=8.  The app is free with the ability to use pre-loaded sample lists.  If you are looking to report to parent and monitor student work based upon individual IEP goals the premium membership will allow you to do this.  Log onto http://www.spellingcity.com and create a premium account for $49.95 for 25 students.

I have now created my own lists and lists that align to the Common Core Standards by grade. My students are on four different levels. I have created group lists for each student with assignments that match their goals.  Each student can log on either to the website or use the app to work on designated assignments.  Students can work in class or at home.  Teachers can follow student’s assignments and send data results to parents and colleagues.

Now you can create lists based on books students are reading or social studies and science Common Core words as well as the new Skills and Credential vocabulary for students receiving the Alternate Assessment Portfolio.  Finally an all in one app that can be customized and collects data to share with parents!

Teach Me First Grade

As we move onto the fourth year of the iPad it amazes me that everyday more apps are developed and developers continue to come up with new ways and ideas to communicate educational information.  Since I have been reviewing since the inception I have some of my favorites that have remained my favorites because they have been updated and changed because of  consumer requests.  One of these apps is from a series by 24×7 digital LLC known as the TeachMe series. They start in preK and it go until third grade. TeachMe 1st Grade and TeachMe Kindergarten each $1.99 have been staples in my classroom.  Many of my students are working on a K-1st grade level making these perfect for teaching addition, subtraction spelling and Dolch Sight words.  Both kindergarten and first grade teach similar topics but are geared specifically for the individual grade.

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As always you want to set your settings before staring the app. In this app it is done a bit differently.  After you input your students you go to your players.  As you can see you can have your entire class use the app if you are a center based classroom. Next touch the student’s name to set up your student’s profile.  There are rewards and the number of questions needed to be answered for mastery.  If you are just teaching math or spelling you can shut off the other features.  In first grade handwriting is incorporated as part of the lesson.  If the student can not write  or have dysgraphia you can check off the virtual keyboard.

If you want to check the student’s data you have the option to check the TeachMe Topic. It will give you the current level, total number of questions- how many the student has learned and how many they have not learned.  It also allows you to view the questions the student had difficulty with. If you feel the current level is too easy there is the option to advance to the next level allowing those students who need more of a challenge an opportunity to move on.

The students love the math problems because they are interactive. When there is a subtraction problem there is a horizontal math sentence and pictures above for the students to manipulate.   If the problem is 9-2= the student taps the minus sign two items fall in the garbage can.  The student needs to count the remaining items with the help of a voice that count with the child.  In first grade the child taps a pencil when they complete the math problem and writes the number 7.  If the child needs help they can tap the question mark and learn how to draw the answer by tracing the number.  The same is true with spelling, the child is given a picture and then needs to spell the word.  If the child does not know how to spell the word the question mark will help the student spell the word.

If you are looking for a way to help your child who may be struggling with basic addition, subtraction, spelling and sight words TeachMe gives you 4 apps in one with the ability to see how your student is progressing.  This is one of the iPad education classics and a top favorite for my students.  The price is right and it meets Kindergarten and First Grade Common Core Standards.

K- Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
K -Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., theofto,youshemyisaredodoes).

IEP Goals: The student will rote learn addition facts up to :number.
The student will rote learn subtraction facts up to :number
The student will identify and use :number sight words

Word Wizard

word-wizard-iphone-ipadWord Wizard $2.99  meets the needs of many children with a variety of disabilities and meets the Common Core Standards for all students. Before you start customize your settings.  Do you want ABC keyboard or a QWERTY keyboard? Do you want upper or lower case? Do you want to hear phonics? If you want more setting such as font size, highlighting the word,, animation between words and more these are all available to you.  If you have a child in who is in Pre k-Kindergarten this app identifies the letters of the alphabet each time you touch a letter.One of the key attributes are students touch the letter hear the phonic sound and it’s letter sound giving the child command of the board and letting them create sounds. As students get older the app is has built in spelling lists from Dolch Words to 1000 most Frequently used words.  This meets Grade one‘s  Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words. The app also allows students to create their own lists given to them by their teacher meeting second grade Common Core, Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g.,cage → badge; boy → boil).  The teacher can follow the spelling Common Core using this app as each grade requires students to learn another level of spelling.  I think this app is appealing pre K- grade 5 because of the colors and presentation.  Special needs students who are older may enjoy because it has large tiles and makes letter sounds.  In my class I use it with my girls who are 14 and 15.  They love the rainbow background and making words.  They like the ability of making 5 word tests and the sense of accomplishment.  As we go on in the blogs there will be other spelling apps for older students.  All around though this is a great app with clean features, clear phonics, large alphabet keys for students who may have fine motor issues.

The Abc’s and Letter Sounds


Before we can write letters, we doodle, next we begin to learn letter form and words that begin with the letter .  Those children who struggle physically with holding the pen or crossing the midline may struggle when writing more than a single word.  The iPad offers children a variety of writing tools to help children follow patterns  and then move to paper.  Schools that are planning to go green can use more extensive writing apps to write short stories and book reports that are all mandated by the Common Core Standards. The best part of these apps are its creative capabilities from making the mundane writing  process not only fun, but accomplishes the task with an way to add photos from Google Images or your own photo album..  Write My Name ,by Injini, $3.99 is is the one app that really practices writing your name and any simple CVC words while recording the child’s or teacher’s voice- it is an ALL time favorite. How great is an app when it allows  the child to introduce themselves on the first day if school. It includes the ability for you to a picture of the the students and make a seating chart.  Does you child or student need the physical help when writing their name! .  For those students who need the physical help learning how to hold the pencil and which way the pencil goes when making a curves in the letter S then try  iWriteWords  by gdiplus it has a free and a full version at $2.99.It gives step by step step direction where the “stylus:” ( a pen/pencil for the iPad) should go until you complete the letter. Finally, there is the app Letter Quiz  that reinforces letters using flashcards, using handwriting, matching upper and lower case letters.  There is a free or a paid version.  The paid version is $1.99.

Each version moves the child up a level. Depending on the needs of your your child they may need a combination of Write My Name and IWriteWords to combine the shapes the shapes of the letters.  Encourage your child that this is fun and not to punish.  Some names are more difficult than others.  You may wan to use a nick-name in the beginning to reduce frustration. I promise you in the word of one of my students after using these apps and had disliked writing she said ” I like writing and writing likes me!”