Kids Learning - Little Speller 3 Letter Words




Customization options give simple flashcard-like app boost.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is very easy to use. The extensive settings menu is meant for parents use.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kids Learning – Little Speller 3 Letter Words is an easy-to-use set of digitized flashcards that lets kids practice spelling and recognizing basic words. It's fully customizable from the level of hints to even recording your own labeling for each word. Don't like a specific word? Delete it. Want to include other words? Take a picture and add it. Teachers will appreciate that there's even a setting to select the type of words, like consonant-vowel-consonant words. The amount of options may be a little much at first, but parents may come to appreciate the flexibility as kids improve and seek more difficulty.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • spelling


Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Engagement, Approach, Support


Compared to many preschool and early elementary literacy apps, there's not much to get kids excited here, though the design and images used are high quality.

Learning Approach

Thanks to the customization, many learning goals are covered. The lack of phonetic sounds is unfortunate, but adults can record their own sounds with the customization options.


Text help screens walk adults through the process of customization. And the customization options make the challenge limitless since you can add your own words and lists.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • spelling


Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Kids can learn to recognize and spell basic words. Little Speller pairs each word with a picture so kids can associate the word with an image. Kids also have to arrange the letters to spell out the word. They can get tons of practice with both upper- and lowercase letters and improve their skills as parents can gradually take away the visual and audio hints. Parents can also select or add on specific words kids need to practice more. Little Speller is a straightforward app that can target kids with a range of skills with its many customization options.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

In Little Speller, kids can see a picture with some letters jumbled up. They have to rearrange the letters to spell the word the picture depicts. Parents can set it so kids have to spell the word in order or not or see upper- or lowercase letters; the options are seemingly limitless. If parents turn off the visual cue (the picture), the app only shows the letters, which makes it challenging to figure out what word can be spelled. Parents and kids can also create flashcards to add their own touch.

Is it any good?


Kids Learning – Little Speller 3 Letter Words is a simple app. Kids scroll through word after word and spell them. Each word is paired with a clear picture (which can be turned off, of course!). There's also clear pronunciation of each letter and word. However, the app does not include any letter sounds to help phonics skills.

For kids who like to look at pictures and spell, this app is great. But it may not be as engaging to kids looking for something that has more game qualities. Again, the strength of Little Speller is in its customizability. Being able to add and edit words increases its range and also lets parents and kids have some fun with it. 

Families can talk about...

  • Label and spell words in everyday life. For example, tape a "chair" label to a chair, and a "door" label on a door.

  • Make your home a print-rich environment with books, magazines, and other print publications in your kid's reach.

  • Check in and reset the settings accordingly.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:January 31, 2012
Category:Educational Games
Size:16.40 MB
Publisher:Grasshopper Apps
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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