Are you wondering about when to start working on foundational reading skills with preschoolers? It\u2019s never too early to start addressing the Big Ideas in beginning reading. Although students at this young age may not be ready for fluency practice or comprehension exercises, preschool is the perfect time to begin working on phonemic awareness (learning to hear and manipulate sounds in spoken words), the alphabetic principle (words are composed of letters that represent sounds), and oral language and vocabulary development. Preschool is a critical time at which students need to reach certain milestones in language and literacy acquisition. Students in this age group have a wide range of abilities, which should be stimulated and developed to lay a good foundation for the next developmental step.\nHere are some iOS apps you can use as you teach these skills:\nPhonemic Awareness\nBeginning Sound Interactive Game: Perfect for independent practice during center time, this app helps students learn to identify beginning sounds.\nHearBuilder \u2013 Phonological Awareness: This app gets to the heart of phonological awareness as students add and delete phonemes, segment and blend them, and identify rhyming words.\nPocket Charts Rhyming: With this cute app, which looks like one of the pocket charts you\u2019d hang in the front of your classroom, students sort words by identifying those that rhyme.\nAlphabetic Principle\nGappy Learns Reading: Students build words to help Gappy hop home. As Gappy hops, students hear the sound for each letter and then hear the whole word sounded out.\nSky Fish Phonics: As they propel Skyfish through a maze, students learn to identify pictures that represent the words presented.\nDuck Duck Moose Reading: Students match letters with sounds to create words.\nOral Language and Vocabulary Development\nLearn with Homer: This app introduces vocabulary in songs, poems, and books.\nABCMouse.com books (available as individual iOS apps): These eBooks, which include a child-friendly glossary with entries for each vocabulary word, are really wonderful for shared reading experiences. \nVocabulary and Grammar! Language Development Games: Students learn new words while helping an octopus find items to juggle.\nThese apps will go a long way toward preparing your students for formalized reading instruction. Also, for more ideas, check out the Top Picks lists Fun Foundations for PreK and Elementary and Resources for Beginning Readers.\n"Sculpture" by wsilver. Used under a CC BY 2.0 license.