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Kids Learning - Little Speller 3 Letter Words
Pros: The customization options are quite impressive, allowing teachers to create their own feedback, lists, and rules.
Cons: No phonetic sounds for letters, and no user accounts to customize features for individual students.
Bottom Line: Little Speller 3 Letter Words is a straightforward title that gives teachers flexibility with customization options.
With so many customization options, you will find lots of ways to use Kids Learning - Little Speller 3 Letter Words. Target a specific word arrangement of consonant-vowel-consonant with each vowel in the preprogrammed library to work with emergent readers on phonics. For older students, build a custom list of spelling words (up to six-letter words) or have kids create their own lists from words they encounter in their reading. For a fun beginning of year activity, create a custom list of class members' names along with their pictures to help students learn to spell one another's names. (Bonus: You'll learn all their names quickly in the process!) Since any word can be added and your pronunciation recorded, foreign language teachers can make use of it as well.
In Kids Learning - Little Speller 3 Letter Words, kids see a picture with some letters jumbled up. They have to rearrange the letters to spell the word the picture depicts. Teachers can customize it so kids have to spell the word in order or not, or with capital or lowercase letters, or to have the tiles pop into place when dragged near the correct square -- the options are seemingly limitless. If teachers turn off the visual cue (the picture), the app only shows the letters, which makes it challenging to figure out what word can be spelled since it looks like a word jumble. Teachers and kids can also create their own flashcards and word lists.
Kids scroll through word after word and spell them in this simple app. Each word is paired with a clear picture (which can be turned off). There's also clear pronunciation of each letter and word. However, the app does not include any letter sounds to help phonics skills.
For kids who like to look at pictures and spell, this app is great. But it may not be as engaging to kids looking for something that has more game qualities. The strength of Little Speller 3 Letter Words is in its customizability. Changing the options for hints allows teachers to increase the challenge. Being able to add and edit words increases its range and also lets teachers and kids have some fun with it.