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This was one of the first apps we bought for our son to use on the iPad. This simple little app is mainly used to practice letter recognition and handwriting. The design is really fun and the sounds always get a laugh. The only criticism I have is that the letter names are used rather than the sound and the letters are not written in one flowing stroke but broken up i.e the letter ‘h’ is written in two strokes.

PocketPhonics This app is similar to iWriteWords in that it combines handwriting and letter recognition yet Pocket Phonics takes it all one step further. Letters are grouped together to create phonograms, students are prompted to say the sounds and the handwriting style can be either manuscript or cursive, Zaner-Bloser or D’Nealian (both written in one fluid stroke).

Teach Me 1st Grade This fantastic game, available also for Toddler and Kindergarten, gives children the opportunity to practice reading, writing, mathematical and memory skills. Players are rewarded with gold coins. These coins can be exchanged for animated fish, food, ornaments and more that can be seen in their own aquarium.

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A short list of essential apps for elementary age children

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