What Reading apps can you give your student before she heads back to school? Students with dyslexia need to have books that can really learn and read from.
For beginning or early readers, games and vocabulary in a program like Learn with Homer plus a great selection of ‘Read to me’ books from Epic! can smooth a start to the school year. Does your teacher have silent reading time in class? These apps are a great option. Make sure your student knows how to operate the app before taking it to school. Need to figure out how to turn on parental controls? Click here.
Epic! Free with in-App purchases / $4.99 per month – Free month iPad, iPhone, iPod
Great selection of classic kids books (Where the Wild Things Are, Scholastic, National Geographic, and more), Audiobooks
MeeGenius Free with in-App purchases / $4.99 per month – Free month
Endless Alphabet and Endless Reader (sight words)
$6.99 iPad, Iphone, Windows, Android
Letters, sounds, sight words with visual doodles.
Voice Dream Reader
$9.99 iPhone, iPad (Android coming soon)
Great integration with Bookshare (free books to dyslexic readers in the US – with certification), also reads pdfs, Word, Epub, Dropbox, etc. Lots of great digital voices. One of our favorite reader apps for high school and college students and adults. Younger children may have trouble listening to digital voices- so try some of the voices beforehand before buying.
Other sources for free kids books (using text-to-speech) Amazon Kindle, Bookshare.org (free for US kids with LD). Learning Ally is $119 per year, but includes textbooks. All of Learning Ally’s books are read by real people, but volunteers rather than professional voice talent.
Remember – Listening while reading helps word recognition, rather than hinders. Don’t waste their free reading time! If your student doesn’t have an accommodation to listen while reading in class, then ask for it if he needs it!
Students who listen with reading get more positive feedback recognizing and knowing the correct pronunciation of words and they extend their vocabulary as well as fund of knowledge.