What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Word Wall HD teaches early reading skills through four colorful, creative games that are easy enough for very young pre-readers to play, yet increasingly challenging enough for new readers further along the path to practice their skills in fun, engaging ways. Kids practice building and recognizing words through the use of word families (building many words containing the "am," "at," or "ug" combinations, for example) and sight words. There are also cute stickers and a "word wall" for kids to collect favorites.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Charming, colorful graphics should engage young players. Plus, the app should appeal to kids who have different ways of processing language; it uses a nice combination of learning approaches.
The multisensory approach is based on the idea that kids should see, hear, play, and write to learn pre-reading skills. By mixing it up here, kids of all learning types should find success.
Kids are awarded stars for each round of a game they complete, so they can track their own progress. Teachers or parents can sign up for SmarTots to track kids' progress.
What's it about?
Word Wall HD has four basic games as well as two options to practice matching (via drag-and-drop) letters and words. The multisensory approach is based on the idea that kids should "see," "hear," "play," and "write" to learn pre-reading skills. The games "See and Find," "Hide a Word," "Bubble Words," and "Jigsaw Words" are all similar to other game concepts kids may have already encountered online or off. Kids get cute in-app stickers as rewards and a "word wall" on which to post the stickers and their favorite words.
Is it any good?
WORD WALL HD provides young kids a great place to practice word recognition and word building through simple, minimal-stress games. Kids who have different ways of processing language will probably find something on this app that appeals to them since it uses a combination of learning styles. The "Bubble Words" game, in which players have to choose from letters floating in bubbles to form the word that matches the picture on the screen, is probably the most challenging game. Other games on the app either allow you to set an "easy" or "hard" level or are simple enough for young learners to enjoy even if they cannot read the words presented in the game.
Families can talk about...
Sign up for the free SmarTots service connected to this app to get learning reports and more ideas for further targeted activities.
Take some of these games -- such as the memory matching game or the puzzles -- offline and create your own versions with your kid's weekly school spelling list.