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Resources for Beginning Readers

Learning how to read is different for each child, which is why we highlight a range of techniques within these apps and websites. Whether you're looking to help build students' phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, or comprehension, you'll find tools here that support every step of the process. Some of these apps and websites even offer diagnostic tools to help you identify and target specific areas of need as your students work to improve their reading.

Alpha Writer, by Montessorium Publisher: Montessorium, LLC
Well-crafted app lets emerging readers and writers develop reading skills through word building
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Classroom Edition Publisher: Hooked on Phonics
Research-based curriculum adapts beautifully to fun, easy-to-use app
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $49.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: LeapSchool Reading Publisher: LeapFrog
Kids play fun reading and hobby games to complete a classroom yearbook
Grades Pre-K-1
Type Game
Price $24.99
Platforms LeapFrog games
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Homer -- #1 Learn to Read Program: Educational Games, Stories and Songs Publisher: Homer
A captivating, comprehensive beginning reading resource
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Monkey Word School Adventure Publisher: THUP Games
Delightful monkey means business on this challenging early reading app
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
More.Starfall Visit Website: http://more.starfall.com/
A range of clever activities for early literacy and math exploration
Grades Pre-K-1
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Smartyants.com Visit Website: http://www.smartyants.com
Follow ants through inviting tunnels of literacy and adaptive learning
Grades Pre-K-3
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Montessori Crosswords Publisher: L'Escapadou
Gently ease kids into phonics with superb Montessori-inspired puzzles
Grades Pre-K-3
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Ready to Learn Reading Visit Website: http://pbskids.org/read/
Vast assortment of activities encourage reading and storytelling
Grades Pre-K-3
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Starfall Learn to Read Publisher: Starfall Education
Delight emergent readers with lively phonics lessons
Grades K-2
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Reading Rainbow Publisher: Reading Rainbow
Kids can "go anywhere, be anything" with vast book and video library
Grades K-4
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Lexia Reading Core5 Visit Website: http://www.lexialearning.com/
Dynamic, game-based reading promotes targeted, individualized growth
Grades K-5
Type Website
Price Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Phonics Genius Publisher: Innovative Mobile Apps
Quality flashcard-style phonics app missing some basics
Grades K-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
News-O-Matic for School, 2015-16, Nonfiction Reading Publisher: Press4Kids
Flexible, interactive daily stories for elementary school students
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
LightSail Publisher: LightSail Inc.
Robust, responsive reading tool measures meaningful literacy outcomes
Grades 1-12
Type App
Price By subscription
Platforms Android, iPad, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4