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Kids Learning - Little Speller 3 Letter Words

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Customization options give simple flashcard-like app boost.

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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.

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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?

QUALITY

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
Subjects:Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, spelling
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
Price:$.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:January 31, 2012
Category:Educational Games
Size:16.40 MB
Publisher:Grasshopper Apps
Version:3.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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