Early Reading Apps Your PK-1st Grade Kids Will Love

Early reading, pre-reading, call it what you want. Either way, it is an exciting and often challenging time.  Luckily, apps work beautifully to provide simple learning tools to promote letter sense and writing and sight word practice.  We list some of our favorites below.
You may find your child wanting to use and re-use an app that you deem too easy.  Remember, feeling successful is especially important for early readers, so let them continue to review what they already know as it just cements the knowledge, and makes them feel good.  This learning is the foundation for all the rest!

1. iWrite Words
iWriteWords is a great letter forming tool for preschoolers and kindergartners.  Your child will practice recognizing and writing letters, using their finger to trace each letter.  You can choose upper or lower case.  We like that it shows correct directionality for forming each letter.  Also check out iWriteWords in Spanish/En Español.


2. Bob Books #1
We were fans of the hard copy version of these books when our kids were just starting to read.  They are a series of very short books that advance step by step (i.e. the first book enables your pre-reader to read an entire book of words written only with the letters M, A, T and S).  In this app when your child clicks on a moving figure they are taken to an activity that supports them in spelling the name of the figure. It’s a fun, simple and effective app.

3.  Pocket Phonics
Pocket Phonics is very good to practice hearing letter sounds, writing letters and sounding out short words.  This isn't a beautiful app, but it is useful.  You may need to show your child the button that says Play Sound, so that they can hear the letter sound again before they choose the corresponding letter.  The visual and verbal reinforcement is good.

4. Teach Me Kindergarten
Teach Me provides strong practicing opportunity for sight words and spelling, and kids particularly like the rewards (you earn coins and can spend them to “buy” stickers to put on screen backdrops).  This app keeps track of the progress of multiple players, and you have the option to choose which subjects to work on.


5. Word Bingo
Lots of sight word and spelling opportunities here.  This app includes a spelling practice section, sight-word bingo (all Dolch sight words), and two other sight-word games – each with fun incentives to earn a Bingo bug.  There are grade level options (PK-3rd), and progress is tracked.

Early Reading Apps Your PK-1st Grade Kids Will Love, 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings

Rate this app

* By clicking Submit, you agree to the Mind Leap Terms of Use


Community ratings and reviews

  1. I do not usally comment on sites buy this was pretty interesting. It must take some time to write a good informative article like this. Keep up the good work.

  2. What a wonder useful post. It was very well written. Glad that I stopped by


Send me Email Updates!


Mind Leap makes sure that parents and educators know which apps are educational and which aren’t, which keep kids engaged and which bore them to tears. And, we encourage developers to build great stuff that turns kids on to learning.

Learn more about Mind Leap >

Introducing...Community Reviews!

We're excited to invite you to let your voice be heard about the educational apps that are posted on Mind Leap! You -- our rich community of parents, teachers, and developers --, can... Read more >

Reviewing Apps...

At Mind Leap we get an awful lot of requests to review apps.  And we take a look at lots of different apps, but a great number of them never end up on our site. ... Read more >

Mind Leap's List of Educational Apps You Will Find Your Kids Using When They've Stolen Your iPhone

While those of you with pre-school aged children are still enjoying the ability to control the types of apps your kids are using and even asking for - if you have kids in elementary school,... Read more >

Become a Mind Leap Reviewer!

Stay up to date on what's happening in educational apps for kids, get access to the latest educational apps - for free! - and have your name and bio on our website...become a Mind Leap... Read more >

Best Classic Family Games Apps

There are some great versions of classic board (and board-ish) games for your tablet.  Here's a list of some of our favorites.  Yes, they are games, but they have solid educational value and the bonus... Read more >