English App Recommendations

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Lingo’s Market

We are so excited to be able to offer our own app, Lingo’s Market, as a tool for working with your child in English, either to foster early reading and spelling skills, or to practice English as a second language. Lingo teaches your child vocabulary and word recognition as he eats his way through the market. Your child has the ability to push Lingo’s shopping cart through the grocery store, choose what foods he eats and pick which of the eight aisles he rolls down. When your child feeds Lingo, the word is pronounced and displayed on the cash register. You can control if your child views the words in uppercase, lowercase or mixed letters. Children delight in watching Lingo munch up the food they have selected, waiting to see if he does something silly (sometimes he burps, sometimes he farts…) All the while, they are learning to recognize over 100 food items. As a bonus, the app also includes French, Spanish and Mandarin! Perfect for ages 2-7.

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The Truly Great Noodle

What a creative interactive book to get your child interacting with content and a storyline about a noodle that travels from a boy’s dinner plate all over town! Watch Nate try to finish up his dinner throughout town. Your child will love interacting with the ebook as there are surprises to be found on every page. Touch the dog and he munches on the noodle! Touch the picture frames and the people inside them interact with one another! This app is an excellent choice for the beginning reader or ESL student as the words are simple, the text rhymes and each word is highlighted as it is spoken. Parents can record the book themselves if they prefer (perhaps in another language!) and so the child can hear the story both in with the English-speaking narrator and another voice. Your child could even sharpen his own reading skills as he narrates and records his own voice! The free version only gets you the first few pages, so if you like the storyline, buy the full version to get the whole story!

 

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Counting Ants

What an adorable way to learn numbers! It comes for free in English and Spanish but you can do an in-app purchase for .99 to get one of 8 additional languages such as French, Chinese, Japanese and German! Cute little ants ride along in cars reinforcing numbers as they drive along. For example, if your child is on the number 23 he will see three cars with ants which is counted off often and he will need to find the number three written on fruit hanging from a tree. While very simple, it is effective as my children find the happy-go-lucky music and the level of interaction enough to keep on playing.

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Little Blue Jackal

We just love this well-designed app that works for all levels of learners! Beginners can hear the exciting story in English and then discover how to spell the names of various objects in the story by tapping on the illustrations within the book. My children thought it was a fun game in itself to discover all of the “hidden” words. More advanced learners can click on two little birds on each page and listen to their conversation as they progress throughout the story. Children are encouraged to learn more about the animals in the story (lion, giraffe, deer etc.) in the Fun Facts section. What a creative app with so much to explore!

 

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Stack the Countries

What an addictive and educational game to teach children and adults about the world! If you want your little world traveler to know about cities, flags, landmarks, capitals, languages spoken and more about the countries in our world, this game is fantastic. You are asked a question and if you get the answer correct, you get to “stack” that country on a little plate. If you get another question right, you get to put that next country on top of the prior one. The object of the game is to “stack” the countries the best way so that you reach a line in as few countries as possible. While my kids were a bit too young to answer the questions correctly (it is really meant for the older learner), they loved figuring out how to best stack the countries to get to the line. If you don’t know much about geography, then there is an interactive learning section that you can go through first before you play.

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Montessori Crosswords

Montessori Crosswords is a very simple, well-done app designed to help preschool (as young as three) and elementary aged kids learn and improve literacy skills. Early learners practice linking phonetic sounds to letters (a hallmark of the Montessori method), by dragging and dropping letters in the correct order to form a word. Older children can practice a more complex version of the game, by completing a crossword grid. Lisa’s kids have been playing this game on and off for over a year, and have continued to enjoy it as they progress to harder levels.

 

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Sight Words Hangman

Sight Words Hangman is a great app to help your child with beginning reading and spelling. Drawing from a list of 300 common sight words, your child hears a word and then chooses the correct one out of a list of four. If they get it wrong, another body part is added to the hangman’s noose! Lisa’s kids get a huge kick from this game- she has been really impressed by how often her 5 year old wants to play it. It comes with two difficulty levels, and has a flashcard option that allows children to familiarize themselves with words they may not know. Great for beginning readers.

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Goodnight Safari

Goodnight Safari is a beautiful storybook app- we love it! The gorgeous pictures, original artwork, are interactive, so children can help put the baby safari animals to sleep as the story progresses. The app can either read the story out loud, as children follow along with the words, or the sound can be turned off so that parents, or the child, can do the reading. Most appropriate for 2-4 year olds.

 

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Bo’s Bedtime

Bo’s Bedtime is an adorable app to teach young children in English about all of the different actions that one needs to do in order to get to bed. A super-cute giraffe name Bo needs help to getting ready for bedtime and asks your child to come along and participate! What a wonderful way to reinforce bedtime routines and learn about colors, foods and sorting along the way. This highly interactive story challenges your young child in the ten scenes to follow directions in English! A Dutch version of the game is also included!

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Feed Me!

We just love this app! Little learners watch a purple monster think up a question and then they need to feed the monster the correct answer. Questions asked are about shapes, numbers, colors, sorting, math, and more. The English version of this game also asks questions about letter sounds, basic reading, opposites and rhyming. We just love this character — he is super cute, makes funny little sounds and interacts with children if they tap him in the belly! Children can just play this game with all of the questions or they can challenge themselves by trying to complete the game by going through the different levels or finishing up a particular subject matter. Parents need to download the free version first and then buy the in-app version in English. If you like this game, it is also available in 12 languages besides English. Also available as a PC version

Check out our review of this app on our blog here

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