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7 Apps That Can Help Teach Kids To Read

7 Apps That Can Help Teach Kids To Read

Reading is an essential skill that should be mandatory for everyone. In our society, you cannot get away with a lack of reading or writing skills. These are just the basic essentials of living a decent and successful life.

You can never go wrong with teaching a child how to read. By doing so, you are actually preparing them for a successful future. And as a parent, it’s a joy to see your child reading fluently, as this also makes your life easier.

In a bid to make parents’ lives easier, Homework-Desk.com did research on some of the best apps that can be used for teaching kids how to read. Since the importance of learning this essential skill is clear, it was decided to share the findings with parents from across the world. These seven apps should do you a whole lot of good and equip your child with basic reading skills.

1. Reading Raven

Reading Raven

    With Reading Raven, reading has never been easier. This app that’s available on both the iPhone and iPad features a step-by-step curriculum which allows your child to learn reading skills at their own pace.

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    The app allows your kid to get comfortable when learning the reading skills, hence increasing their chances. In addition to this, the app also comes with multi-sensory reading games which most kids find fun and engaging.

    The fact that the reading app involves a proven phonics based approach enhances the learning experience. Reading Raven is ideal for kids between the ages of three and seven years old.

    2. Montessori Crosswords

    Montessori Crosswords

      The whole idea about this app is based on the Montessori learning method. Besides just helping your kid learn how to read, Montessori Crosswords is also ideal when it comes to helping one improve both their writing and spelling skills.

      The app is designed to help a kid understand that words are made up of sounds and helps them to memorize these sounds for their own good. For an app that comes with a set of 320 word-image-audio-phonic combinations, your kid can learn a lot from this one place.

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      3. Marbleminds Phonics

      Marbleminds Phonics

        With reading, it’s all about understanding the different sounds that letters make. What you’ll get from this app is that it gives more emphasis on these sounds and the letters. It teaches your kid all the fundamentals of reading.

        And the app is fun to work with, as the exercises are clear and concise for the user. With more than 150 pictures and phonics, it makes reading much easier.

        4. Bob Books Reading Magic Lite

        Bob Books Reading Magic Lite

          The book this app is based on has worked wonders for millions of kids across the world. The phonics-based interactive game version comes with a rather simple drag-and-drop interface that is ideal for kids.

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          The characters in the book, together with the colorful animations, do encourage kids to learn the necessary reading skills. In addition to this, the book also comes with easy first steps, drawn illustrations, wholesome values and many other features that makes learning how to read simple.

          5. Word Magic

          Word Magic

            Back in 2009, this app was nominated for the Best Educational App. That just goes to show you how truly good the app is.

            Word Magic is equipped with attractive and funny pictures displayed on a simple design to enhance the learning experience. The player gets appreciated by a real voice every time they give a correct answer. Once five correct answers are given concurrently, the app automatically changes its color.

            6. Martha Speaks Dog Party

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            Martha Speaks Dog Party

              The Martha Speaks Dog Party app features a very common dog character (Martha) from the popular PBS KIDS TV series Martha Speaks. The character basically helps kids to bolster oral vocabulary through the words we use daily.

              Martha Speaks Dog Party is designed with all the features that will help your kid understand the meaning of words whenever they hear them.

              7. Learn with Homer

              Learn with Homer

                As the winner of the 2015 Teacher’s Choice Gold Award, Learn with Homer was developed based on Harvard and Stanford research, which revealed that Homer increases a child’s reading scores by up to 74%.

                The app comes with more than 100 hours of learning lessons which can help a child so much all on its own. The fact that new content is added week in and week out makes Learn with Homer ideal for kids who are eager to learn how to read.

                Regardless of which app you opt to go for, any of them can do you and your kid a whole lot of good, which is something that every parent clearly wants for their child.

                Featured photo credit: Parents Teaching Kids to Read via i.huffpost.com

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                The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

                The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

                1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

                Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

                 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

                To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

                And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

                 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

                Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

                3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

                Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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                4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

                The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

                5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

                Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

                6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

                Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

                7. Positive people smile a lot!

                When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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                8. People who are positive are great communicators.

                They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

                9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

                One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

                10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

                Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

                How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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                I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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