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Bob Books #1 – Reading Magic HD

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Interactive Stories, Spelling, Phonics

What we like best:

Once kids complete the words in the sentence, the black and white picture comes to life with color and animation, telling the story of what’s written on the page.

What you should know:

While the content’s great for emergent readers, the initial menu displays can be tricky for children to navigate on their own. Some of the other features—such as the fill-in-the-blank words—can also be a bit confusing.
Full Review:

Are you looking for an app to engage a reluctant reader or encourage a budding bookworm to reach the next level? The classic BOB Books system has been given a modern makeover. This app truly grows with kids by automatically increasing the difficulty each time they play.

As each page is read, children are prompted to spell the critical words in the story and color in the characters when they’re successful. If they struggle, the words and pictures jiggle to nudge little learners towards the next step or right answer—a feature you can turn off when you want more of a challenge. The game has many more customizable features to give parents and teachers the ability to tailor the program. Choose the phonics feature to have the phonic letter sound played as you move or tap each letter, or select the letter names option if kindergartners are still struggling with that concept.

Kids who are expecting more game play may be disappointed because this game is all business—it’s strictly an electronic version of the books—but the included interactive elements will entertain them as they progress through the story. The HD version is a tad pricier, but well worth it if your device is optimized for high-definition.

Teacher Features:
You can set and reset the levels, so each student has an individual experience.
Reviewed 2012-10-12 on iPad iOS6 by Tia Benjamin

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Price:$1.99 – $3.99
Grade:Kindergarten
Topic:Reading
Platform:Apple
Publisher:Learning Touch
Standards:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1 Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.