App Title: My Word Wall
Grade Level: Pre-K - 1
Purpose: A The app allows children to practice alphabet and basic words.
Program Functionality: A I love the way this app is designed. The main home screen has an uncomplicated layout with ABC and word writing right in the center. The 4 games are on the bottom and have cheerful graphics to entice you to explore. The home screen is easily referenced by the house icon at any time during game play.
Overall Educational Value: A This game allows children to see, hear, say, and write alphabet and basic words. The four games offer a variety of activities for a variety of skills. See & Find is a picture to word matching game. It has two levels: 6 cards or 8 cards. When you make a match, the word is read. Hide a Word sports a darkened screen, with a spotlight to swipe around to look for a word. This is fun for my first graders - they don’t get tired of finally spying that word! Bubble Words is perhaps my favorite. It is a spelling game that features a mix of words: cvc, cvce, and words with other vowel and consonant combinations such as ou, oy, or, ar, and st. It would have been great to have a way to set this to practice developmentally... cvc words only, cvce words, then other vowel patterns, etc. The last game is Jigsaw Words - simple puzzles to put together to build words.
Cost: $ .99 for iPhone, iPod app. iPad HD version call Word Wall for $. 99.
Recommendation: Pre-school through 7 years will enjoy and benefit from this game.
Classroom Use Examples / Ideas: We use this 2-3 times a week in word study time in first grade. The students return to this app for the fun and I keep it on their iPods for the learning impact.
Developer Website: Punflay, Emantras
iTunes Link: My Word Wall
Reviewer Name: Carolyn Wojtera
Reviewer Blog: Teach with Tech