Learn-to-Read Apps

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2008
Learn-to-Read Apps
Wed, 09-25-2013 - 1:44pm

It's hard to imagine how kids  (and parents!) ever survived an hour-long wait at the pediatrician's office or traffic on the freeway without an app for instant pacification. If you've ever wondered whether you could help boost your kid's reading skills at the same time, check out these great learn-to-read apps reviewed by Common Sense Media.


Anyone use these apps with their 4-5 yr old?  Any other apps or programs you've introduced to them for reading?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 09-25-2013 - 3:07pm

I've heard starfall is a good one.  We are cheap at our house and don't like to pay for apps. Laughing  We do have DDM Reading which the 4 year old likes, and last year when the current 1st grader was struggling a bit, we downloaded WordFamily, which is an app her teacher uses at school and she really liked.  We started with the free version and then upgraded to the paid one once we knew she would actually use it. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-05-2014
Wed, 02-05-2014 - 2:44pm

I've heard good things about Star Fall, and you're right - you can try out many of these online 'learn to read' programs in trial mode until you decide which one is best for your child or children.

There is also a program called Reading Eggs that seems to work pretty well. It has a two week trial period. Check it out here and then tell me about your experience: