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Sight Words & Spelling with Pixopop HD

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Skills:Sight Words, Phonics, Typing, Spelling

What we like best:

Record your own lists of words for a fully customizable spelling and sight words game.

What you should know:

The intro music is much—much—louder than the game itself, without the option to mute it. If you’ve recorded your own cards, the encouraging voice is louder than each word. The sound levels vary so drastically, that children can’t avoid being noisy while playing.
Full Review:

Weekly spelling tests are as much an elementary school staple as Heads Up Seven-Up and story time; give little learners a jumpstart on sight words with this app.

Sight Words & Spelling with Pixopop does a good job of creating engaging challenges with kids’ word lists—particularly useful for new readers who are increasing sight word vocabulary. While there’s a lot of setup required to customize the features, it’s worth it; kids learn without realizing it as they punch in and record each word, reinforcing the letters with both audio and visuals. Word lists are totally customizable, so long as you’re working with the English alphabet—foreign letters aren’t supported. When a little speller struggles, a word can be added to the Tricky Words list for additional practice. Sight Words has three different features—spelling, featuring word lists; flashcards for self-testing and word challenge, in which budding writers must select the correct word from a group of four words that all start with the same letter.

Anime-style graphics—featuring the adorable Stitch Bunny and friends—will appeal to a wide range of youngsters, encouraging them to continue honing word association, spelling, phonics and typing skills using a built-in qwerty keyboard.

Teacher Features:
Create and record as many custom lists as you want from the 240 pre-populated sight words. You can even include the weekly word lists for kids to be tested on.
Reviewed 2012-10-13 on iPad iOS6 by Tia Benjamin

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