Sound Letter Correspondence

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Word Wizard
What: This app supports sound-letter correspondence. It can speak letters, letter combinations, and words.

Why: This has great content and functionality – will be motivating to many students. An excellent feature is the ability to put two sounds together and hear them spoken a unit. This is great for:
• Digraphs (sh, ch)
• Blends (gr, pl, st, br, etc)

Who: This app is great for people learning letter-sound correspondence of all ages, as it is very age-respectful.

How: Drag the letters to the typing surface:
• Putting two letters together lets you hear how they are co-articulated
• Use this for voting by letter. Example:
- Who do you want to read to you / record this page / sit by you, etc: E for Emma, J for Josh, or M for Michelle? (note – can also just give the three choices, then move letters around randomly)
- What do you want for snack? Crackers, cheese, or broccoli (cr / ch / br)

Note: REALLY wish there were more backgrounds, allowing for better visual contrast.

Submitted by: Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
Additional Ideas:
GREAT value for money!!

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First Sight Words

First Sight Words Professional includes five levels of core vocabulary to take your childfrom pre-k through 3rd grade, plus a list of nearly 100 common nouns. Each sight word is paired with a MINSPEAK® icon. Designed by linguists, speech pathologists, and information technology experts, MINSPEAK icons provide clear graphics for the full core vocabulary.

I was captivated by the offer of the Minspeak icons and a recommendation from Bruce Baker, so I quickly downloaded and set off to try it with a group of 2 at the middle school, both learning to use Minspeak. One student can read primer and some 1st grade books, so I set her up on the iPhone for spelling words from the 2nd grade list. The other student is just learning letter names/sounds, so he got the iPad with the primer word list. The program does a nice job of showing individual letters and then the whole word once it is completed. The Minspeak correspondence is a little bit of a stretch, since they are enhanced rather than core symbols and only show a single picture rather than an icon sequence.

What I found out right away was that it is important to go into the game options and turn off Auto Advance. Otherwise the students randomly swipe letters into the corresponding tiles and move on to the next word without taking time to process the word. I found that both students benefitted from working on their fine motor skills, but neither took the time to drag the letters in the order that the word was spelled.
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With the Auto Advance turned off, I was able to direct the students to their communication devices and have them copy the letters in order to spell/say the same word. I also used Minspeak to model using the word in a sentence before going to the next word. Without my additional activities, I really don't see how this program provides support for fluency, since it is just single words. The phonics lists are shorter, because they use words where each letter has a single sound. Unfortunately, that means that the 3rd grade word "pick" has single letter sound /k/ for both the "c" and "k" in this word. Fortunately, you can choose to turn off words that don't make sense to you.

Submitted by: Deanna K. Wagner, MS/CCC-SLP
Other comments:
I thought this was a little expensive for what it does/doesn't do.

It would be more valuable if there was an option to show the icon sequences for the words, though I know this is just a case of Minspeak licensing a photo library to another developer.

Interactive Alphabet – ABC Flash Cards
What: This app supports sound-letter correspondence.

Why: This has good content and functionality – will be motivating to young children.

Who: This app is best for children under the age of 8. After that time, it would not feel age-respectful.

How: Click a letter for:
• Image, letter, sentence, sound effect and interaction
• Letter, sound, and sentence (ex: ‘K is for kite’)
• First tap on the letter yields the letter name
• Second tap on the letter results in the sound
• Tapping on ‘is for’ results in repetition of the entire sentence
• Clicking on the ABC music button results in the alphabet song, with each letter enlarged as it is sung
• ‘Baby Mode’ allows for automatic movement through the cards

Note: Can change background music or turn it OFF!

Submitted by: Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
Additional Ideas:
Value: Good value for low cost