Spelling Words Card Matching Game

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Sight Words, Matching, Memory

What we like best:

Children can compete against each other or challenge the computer to a matching game contest.

What you should know:

Despite what the app title may suggest, there really isn’t any actual spelling involved unless you purchase add-ons. In its original form, this app is really a matching game based on common kindergarten sight words.
Full Review:

Got kids who are more interested in learning about the prehistoric world than studying sight words? Encourage them to study with this matching game app, featuring dinosaur matching in between sight word memory games, incentivizing them to keep practicing new words with a fun (and educational) game break.

Sight words can be customized to fit each child’s needs; adjust the settings menu to select short-vowel, long-vowel or sight words, choose the narrator voice, pick between cursive and regular letters, and specify the number of tiles to pair to make the game more challenging. Over 700 words in list form—including Dolch’s Sight Word List—come pre-populated, along with the option to create customizable groups of words. Little T-Rex and Apatosaurus lovers will delight in the game play, but other kids may soon tire from the lack of variety.

Add-ons—including additional spelling lists and features—require an in-app purchase from a childproof settings button, easing the likelihood of little fingers accidentally buying additional features. For honing word recognition skills necessary to turn struggling spellers into speedy readers, this app is a solid, age-appropriate choice.

Teacher Features:
You can turn off the dinosaur game in between word challenges for an exclusively educational experience.
Reviewed 2012-10-14 on iPad iOS6 by Tia Benjamin

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Standards:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3c Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g. the of to you she my is are do does).