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Forget “drill and kill” paper flashcards; high-frequency words get the virtual treatment in Elementary Sight Words, an app that aims to teach kids—from kindergarten to fourth grade—an impressive 400 words from the popular Fry sight words list.
Featuring an intuitive interface, this app’s easy enough that children will have no problem studying on their own. Adorable illustrations featuring teacher animals, such as a giraffe, chicken, parrot and duck, will delight younger children, but the lack of interactive elements keep this rote memorization tool from appealing across the target age set. Still, this app certainly has academic value, covering a wide range of sight words in easy-to-access lists. Each list scrolls through grade-appropriate words, and a narrator reads them out loud. Academic drawbacks exist as well—there’s no record option to help kids with pronunciation, no way to customize lists by adding new words or skipping over words kids have already memorized.
Aside from a compact list of words and aesthetically pleasing artwork, this app’s not much different than traditional flashcards. The addition of interactivity and customizable options would go a long way in making this app useful and engaging. Still, the free version (featuring 125 words) is worth checking out for study help.
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