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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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                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                1. Work on the small tasks.

                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                3. Upgrade yourself

                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                4. Talk to a friend.

                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                7. Read a book (or blog).

                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                8. Have a quick nap.

                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                10. Find some competition.

                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                11. Go exercise.

                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                12. Take a good break.

                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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