Reading Raven

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:The Alphabet, Phonics, Writing, Sight Words, Spelling

What we like best:

This app has an extensive parent/teacher guide with explanations of lessons and a usage guide.

What you should know:

Some parts of the touch-and-drag interface are tricky and sticky—it might be hard for little ones to get the letters lined up properly.
Full Review:

Meet the reading raven, a nerd of a bird with glasses and a book bag, who guides kids through the basics of reading in this charming app. He’s pretty laid-back: there's no pressure in this cute, quiet tool for phonics and foundational reading.

The app has five separate sections that cover a comprehensive range of beginning reading skills like letter recognition, word matching, letter tracing, sight words—and more! Each exercise takes place in an adorable cartoon setting with Mr. Raven dressed for the sea, the circus, the snow, or whatever the occasion demands. Correct answers earn little learners virtual stickers that they can use to decorate their birdhouse. Not only an engaging game, it’s got serious teaching cred: Reading Raven was developed using a progressive phonics-based reading system that introduces letters and sounds and then works up to sight words. Each activity builds on the previous one at a comfortable pace.

Lessons can be customized for individual kids, while the settings and lesson plans are alterable only by adults—they must solve a math problem to gain access. This app may be a little light on the fun factor, but it's still a fantastic addition to your beginning reader's toolbox.

Teacher Features:
Reading Raven brings a lot to the classroom for lessons on early reading instruction.
Reviewed 2012-12-14 on iPad mini iOS6 by Roberta Munoz

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Grade:Preschool, Kindergarten
Publisher:Early Ascent
Standards:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3