App of the Week: AbiTalk Sight Words 2

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Emmy of AbiTalk has created a really fantastic educational app with Sight Words 2.  I can’t wait to use this with my six-year old as this is the perfect age to start working on word recognition, spelling and praticing writing her own sentences.  The app allows us to save several users and you just type in your name and add your child to the system.  This allows you to have several children in the household to use this tool who might be at various levels of sight words recognition.  We could have used this while Kate was in preschool as it can never be too early to start making learning fun and interesting. 

One of the features I like about Sight Words 2 is that you can add your own pictures and sight words if you want to.  This could be really interesting and educational.  I plan to walk around our neighborhood and look for age-appropriate sight words for her and have her help me type in the word and upload a photo.  You can pick an existing photo from your library of photo’s, take a photograph of the sight word (for example: pool) or even have your child draw the picture.  This is a simple feature that is part of the app – but boy, could you have fun with this one!  Part of learning should be fun and I like that my daughter can be involved in choosing sight words that will be saved and part of the app. 

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Once you have your user list ready to go you can choose to do a Flash Card or Make a Sentence.  The Flash Card exercise presents and pronounces each sight word. The student can then swipe the card sideways to flip it, or swipe upwards to go to the next card. The Make Sentences exercise presents the sight word along with a decoy word, and a sentence with a blank space for the sight word. The student can then slide the correct word into the sentence. When the student completes the sentence correctly, the sentence will be pronounced, and the screen will advance to the next word. (Source: AbiTalk website).

The sight words used are ones we find in kindergarten on up. This app contains the 55 most basic sight words: 
after, again, ay, are, as, at, ate, black, brown, by, came, could, do, eat, every, four, from, get, give, going, had, have, her, him, how, into, let, must, new, now, of, our, out, please, pretty, ride, round, saw, say, she, some, soon, thank, there, they, this, too, under, want, well, went, white, who, will, with. 

This app uses the Montessori Method for children to learn sight word recognition, spelling and pronunciation. It develops your child’s listening skills and pronunciation. It is ideal for self-paced learning or home schooling. This allows your child to work at his or her own pace, and make learning fun! 

You can go alphabetically down the word list – or you have the option to shuffle the cards.  When you shuffle the cards you can actually hear the sound of cards shuffling – this is a fun addition!  With the Flash Card option, you not only see the sight word, hear it said out loud, but it is also used in a sentence to make this a great tool for parents and educators alike!

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We think you will find this to be a fun and unique Sight Words app that allows you to be quite creative with the feature where you can create your own sight words with photo’s or hand drawn pictures. 

 

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