SpellNow is a fun, interactive app for helping preschool-early elementary children build basic spelling skills. Using six different games, the app helps students learn to spell words starting with simple consonant-vowel-consonant words (like hat) and later moving into more advanced patterns. In the Word Jumble game, students “unjumble” words to spell them correctly. In the Word Match game, a rabbit presents the player with a word (such as net) and the student must then select the matching word from a series of similar words spelled slightly differently. Word Catch, Word Build, Word Hide, and Word Spell are similar games that offer a fun and interactive approach to practicing spelling.
Tricky Spelling is a great app for reinforcing the spelling of words that do not follow predictable patterns. The app contains three levels – words with long sounds, homophones, and word endings – word types that can be challenging for students to master. Each category contains organized lists and players choose a particular list of words they’d like to practice. To play the games, the student is given a series of sentences with missing words and they must complete the missing word using its correct spelling. If the player drags incorrect letters, the letters turn red and move back to the bottom of the screen.
The Montessori Crosswords app helps children develop their spelling skills by teaching them to build words with different phonics patterns. Players start by building basic CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, then move into words with blends, digraphs, silent e, vowel teams, and other combinations. Students are initially given a picture (like “bag” or “kid”) and are asked to drag letters from the alphabet at the bottom of the screen to spell the word displayed. Later, students spell words following specific phonics patterns in the form of crosswords. They can also choose themes for the activities, like animals, food, clothes, etc.