Sight Words by Photo Touch

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Vocabulary, Sight Words, Reading Readiness

What we like best:

Intuitive and easy to use, this app gets right to the gameplay.

What you should know:

While this is a great way for kindergarteners to practice their sight words, it's not for every situation. It's impossible to play in silent mode because you have to hear the voice-over to know the target word.
Full Review:

Sometimes, simplicity is the best option—and the Sight Words app affirms that, with only a single push of a button between your kindergarten kids and the game.

You won't need to intervene and there's no complicated setup to start, so children are good to go as soon as the free app is downloaded. The game is based on a simple premise—the sight word is spoken aloud, then children must choose the correct response from a selection of sight words on-screen. You'll be able to hear when they get an incorrect answer, and words of encouragement—which you can customize—are given for each correct choice. As kids play, the number of words to choose from increases to make the game more challenging.

Unfortunately, the app's simplicity is a double-edged sword, and the lack of variety means it won't hold kids' attention for long. Other occasional issues can also cause frustration for the user. One of the second grade selections is a choice between “right” and “write”—only one is correct, but it's impossible to know which without trial and error since they both sound the same when spoken.

Teacher Features:
Teachers can select sight words at grade-appropriate levels from preschool through third grade.
Reviewed 2012-10-09 on iPad iOS6 by Tia Benjamin

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Publisher:Photo Touch
Standards:Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g. the of to you she my is are do does).