Friday, May 30, 2014

App Review & Giveaway *Win a free app!*

I was asked to review the Rhyme to Read app. You'll get a chance to enter to win it at the end of this post!  This app requires an iPad running iOS 7 or later. The app is currently $9.99 in the app store. That means each story is only 50 cents!

The app features 20 short vowel word family stories. The pop-up that you see on the picture (can be disabled in settings) talks about how the app works and give bio information for the creators. It was created by 2 teachers who are reading specialists with advanced degrees and many years of experience. I love that! These ladies know how to teach reading! The music can also be disabled in settings.

At the beginning of each story there is a suggestion page. It gives advice about reading the title to the student (so they are familiar with the word patterns that are emphasized in that book) and that students should read the books in order.

The pages of each book feature those word family words throughout the story. The word families are all color coded for ease of use and to help beginning readers. Each page has a little box in the top corner that has sight words that are used on that page. The reader can tap any word on the page (including the sight words at top) to hear the word. To me, this is one of the best things about technology and early readers. I love that the app doesn't automatically read the words or leave them without help (no audio). I searched high and low for books like this and there are not that many out there with this feature. PLUS, this one is focused on word families!

I'm excited to use this app with my 1st graders at the beginning of the year. It would be awesome for preschool, kindergarten or the beginning of 1st grade. I would LOVE for the authors to create more booklets like this (long vowel word families, blends, etc.). Let's help this one to be super successful so these amazing ladies can create even more apps for us!

One lucky winner will be able to try this app for free. If you are the winner, you will be emailed a promo code. Be sure to read the instructions to activate. You won't download the app. You just enter the code on the app store and it automatically downloads the app for you. Remember, this is for an iPad with iOS 7 or higher. Good luck!
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a free copy of this app to review. All opinions expressed are my own and this review was written by me. :)

17 comments:

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  2. What a great idea. I love learning about new apps.

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    1. Yes! I tend to get in a rut and use just a couple over and over because the kids know them and they're easy to use. This one will be really easy for my kids to use on their own AND they'll be learning!

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  3. I teach second grade- but there are always kids that can benefit from an app like this.
    ~Heather
    The Meek Moose
    The Meek Moose on TpT

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    1. That's great Heather! Yes, I'm sending some on to 2nd that can still use that review. :(

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  4. I am a reading specialist. This year I have Kindergarten and first graders. I think this app would be perfect to use with them!

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    1. It's great to hear from a reading specialist. :) It's so wonderful to have an app like this that can really benefit the students. Good luck!

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  5. I'm hopeful we'll have I-pads to use this on next year!

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    1. I hope so, too!! :) Hopefully they will let us know during the summer so we can plan our schedules and think about apps that we want to use. I don't know how that works with using a set for multiple grades. We probably need to really limit the apps that we have downloaded at a single time so each grade can have a few on there.

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  6. I have a single Ipad in my classroom so I have to figure out how exactly to incorporate this app into the rotation. I think it's a great one though so I will definitely be wrapping my plans around finding a way to use it!

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    1. I have 2 iPad's to use in my class and I rotate them through them during a modified Daily 5 rotation. Each student gets 7 min. and then when the timer goes off they get 1 more minute (to wrap it up and spend any coins they have if they're using the Teach Me 1st grade app). Maybe you could spread rotations over 2 days so they get to use it every other day. Thanks for entering! Good luck!

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  7. I am a reading specialist for grades K-6. This would be great for my kindergarten and 1st graders!

    Andrea
    Reading Toward the Stars

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    1. Thanks for entering, Andrea! Good luck!!

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  8. I was a special education teacher preschool and elementary. Now, I stay home with my kids and tutor kids K-3, some with special needs.
    Laura
    Differentiation Station Creations

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  9. Thanks for sharing. This sounds like a great way to integrate technology in the classroom.

    Regards,

    Martin
    Owner at Resources 4 Teaching Inc. Created by Teachers, Exclusively for Teachers

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