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Phonics and Math: Best Apps for Early Elementary School by Eden Godsoe

by Eden Godsoe, posted to Tech & Blogging

This is a roundup of the best iPhone and iPad apps that help children with phonics and math. The target is kindergarten through maybe second grade, though some of these apps are appropriate for younger or older children.

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MATH: PopMath

Get PopMath Maths Plus on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings,...more

Great app that helps kids learn math facts. Game consists of bubbles floating on the screen - half are equations & half are answers to the equations. Kids must match them in a limited amount of time. Includes addition, subtraction, multiplication.

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MATH: Rocket Math

★ Editor's Choice Award! - Children's Technology Review ★ Top 10...more

This one is really fun. You solve math equations to earn money. With your money you can buy parts for a rocket ship, build your ship, then blast your rocket into space.

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MATH: Super 7

Draw lines to combine the numbered discs and try to create 7s. Sure,...more

This one starts easy but gets quite challenging. Its fun and fast-paced so the kids don't even know they are learning math.

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MATH: Splash Math (1st Grade)

Splash Math Worksheets App for Numbers, Counting, Addition,...more

This app has a variety of math problems to solve in all areas (addition, subtraction, geometry, etc.) This is a free version for 1st grade. There are also versions for 2nd and 3rd grade as well as paid versions with more functionality.

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MATH: Interactive Telling Time

Interactive Telling Time is great for kids from ages 3 to 12 and comes...more

Learning to tell the time is part of first and second grade math. And given today's digital world, some children struggle with it including my son. We found this awesome app that had him telling time in no time. It's worth the $3 price tag!

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MATH: MathTappers (Find Sums)

MathTappers: Find Sums is a simple game designed to help learners to...more

This version is focused on addition but there are other MathTapper apps that focus on telling time (Clock Master) and making sense of fraction sums and differences (Fraction Estimation.)

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MATH: Meteor Math

What do you get if you cross math drills with arcade game play? An...more

Meteor Math encourages young minds to crash numbered meteors together to find the correct mathematical solution. As the player progresses the game becomes harder and the pace intensifies, constantly challenging your child.

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MATH: Sudoku Kids

Get SudokuKids+ - A beautiful sudoku app for kids on the App Store....more

Get in on the Sudoku craze for any age. There are apps (SudokuKids) that have been simplified to a 4x4 and 6x6 grid. Players can work through all the puzzles just like a book and see their progress or just use quick play to pull up a random puzzle.

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MATH: Operation Math

Learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, division through...more

Suggested by Matt Hutton

We made the app so I'm biased. But, my 9 year old is addicted to this. Through the building and testing process of this app, he's gone from not finishing his timed test in school to proudly earning 100% scores consistently. He's hooked!

Eden Godsoe: My son is 6 and loves Rocket Math but we've been searching for some new math apps so I'll have to check this one out.

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MATH: Math Superheroes

Get Math Superheroes - Learn math while having fun on the App Store.

This one came as a recommendation and I still need to have my kiddos play with it. I like the premise - learn math while having fun

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MATH: Khan Academy

We cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science...more

Free classes on various subjects. The topics include: K-12 math, science, finance, history, test prep.

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PHONICS: Zaner-Bloser Handwriting

Your child will love learning to print uppercase (capital) and...more

My son's school uses this curriculum in first grade for handwriting.

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PHONICS: Montessori Crosswords

Montessori Crosswords - Teach And Learn Spelling With Phonics-Enabled...more

This one is used at my son's school. The boys love it!

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PHONICS: Word Magic

Word Magic is nominated for Best Educational App by 2009 Best App Ever...more

This one gives you words with missing vowels. You can change the settings for long/short vowels, etc.

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PHONICS: Build A Word Express

Build A Word Express - Practice spelling and learn letter sounds and...more

This one gives you a word to spell and the letters and you have to put them in order.

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PHONICS: Word Wizard

Word Wizard - Talking Movable Alphabet with Spell Check + Fun Spelling...more

This one is not free. It's similar to the one above but has way more features. You can actually build a spelling list and kids can access it and take little "tests" on this.

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PHONICS: Magnetic Alphabet (Lite)

There are things that your kids will never love: a long car trip, a...more

This one is free and basically gives kids those magnetic alphabet letters and a blank screen where they can build words. This would be good for building spelling words, mixing up the letters, building again, etc.

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PHONICS: Scramble

Get Scramble With Friends Free on the App Store. See screenshots and...more

This is a simple word search game where you race against the clock to find as many words as you can. Longer words score more points. The game has a “play and pass” mode, so two or three kids could share a single iPhone and play against one another.

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PHONICS: Writing Buddy

Get WritingBuddy on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and...more

Suggested by jennme

This little program allows kids to play around with phonics in all sorts of creative ways. It also assists emerging spellers in using email and web searches independently within parameters set-up by a parent or teacher.

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PHONICS: Bob Books

Start your child reading with this phonics-based interactive game. The...more

Suggested by Mindy Douglas

This is one of my daughter's very favorites. A good starter app for children just learning to read.

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Natasa Gajic:

 Check out School Tool: Rhyming Words. It is FREE for limited time. esigned by creators of Build A Word Easy Spelling used by schools and loved by students worldwide! We teach students rhyming words to help them develop phonemic awareness which leads to better reading and writing (spelling) success. When a student learns to manipulate words through rhyming and rhyming word games, he has acquired an important skill to break words into smaller parts and to recognize smaller parts in words. Thus, rhyming teach


 Hi, Please check out Math Champ Challenge too. Math Champ Challenge (Common Core Standards) is the latest educational game from award winning INKids Education. It is designed to help strengthen understanding of Common Core mathematical standards for middle school children (Grades 4-7). Math Champ Challenge includes over 2,500 questions across grades 4 to 7 covering ALL Common Core State Standards. During play questions are randomly selected from within


 One of my favorites is The Digits : Fraction Blast. It's a story--a whole episode in the life of a rock band living in space--and through the story they face challenges that the player helps them with using math skills. It teaches kids fractions, and the kids just have a blast playing music and meeting space creatures! Super fun! android: Ios: Kindle: And see the YouTube series here: