Educational Apps and Web Sites

  • There are a million apps out there, and many of them are very good. It’s important to know you don’t need a fancy app to support your child’s reading and writing at home. Reading and writing together are the best way to support your child’s learning. Read books before bedtime, write grocery lists and thank you cards together, read a recipe while you make dinner together.

    However, I’m a parent too, and I totally recognize the value in having educational content on our devices! Each time I search through the app store, I am both amazed and overwhelmed by how much is out there and how to know if it’s good or not. With that in mind, here are some apps that I have on devices in my home because I feel their quality is high and my own kids enjoy them. There are no doubt many more options, but here’s a few good ones.


    Letterschool - Great for learning our letters and how to form them.

    LetterReflex - Trouble with those trick b's and d's, p's and q's? This can help! 

    Intro to Letters - More great ABC practice.



    Intro to Words - Great practice at building letters sound by sound!


    This Reading Mama Apps - This mom and educator has created some very good apps for beginning reading skills.

    Maily - Too young for email? This great app lets kids draw pictures and write stories to email addresses you provide. A great way to email family members far away!


    Best Riddles and Brain Teasers - This is my family's favorite app when we are waiting - tricky riddles that get us all talking and thinking together!