How I Use It
I started using Lalilo for my kindergarten students in March 2020 when learning went virtual. At the kindergarten level, phonics and phonemic awareness are absolutely essential components of effective literacy instruction, and I couldn't find any apps that effectively scaffolded learning activities for each individual student's level of mastery- thankfully I found Lalilo. Lalilo is an app that makes students excited to complete phonics and phonemic awareness activities at home or in a traditional classroom. The students love it, and the parents love it too- since it is so low-maintenance for parents! As a teacher, I'm able to view the specific activities each child has completed, and get a better idea for which concepts need to be re-taught. I've also noticed an increase in reading fluency since my students started using Lalilo.
The only challenge I encountered while using this app was that some students with softer voices had a hard time speaking loudly enough for the verbal input activities.
Overall, Lalilo is an excellent teaching tool for early elementary educators. I love that it can be used during literacy centers, at home, and during remote learning. I also heard amazing feedback from the parents of my students! I have very few suggestions for improvement on this app.