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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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                7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

                What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

                1. Take the scenic route.

                Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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                Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

                2. Distract yourself.

                No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

                3. Listen to music or podcasts.

                There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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                4. Bring a friend.

                Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

                Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

                5. Accessorize.

                There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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                For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

                6. Compete.

                A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

                7. Relax.

                The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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                With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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