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6 Language skill apps your child will beg you to play

I'm the Parenting Editor at Common Sense Media, and I started blogging to help families navigate the complex world of media and technology in kids' lives. I'm a family-technology expert who specializes in approaching media literacy is...

Kids will love these apps — and you'll love seeing their language skills grow

There are many apps to help kids boost their language skills, and they often offer different levels for different abilities. Lessons can range from early phonics to letter recognition to story comprehension. Parents can track a child's progress on many of the apps.

Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Endless Alphabet (iOS, Android). Engaging animations demonstrate the meanings of words in an unforgettable way.
  • Elmo Loves ABCs for iPad (iOS). Teaches the alphabet with tracing, puzzles, videos and songs. Offers several modes of play for different learning styles.
  • Starfall ABCs (iOS, Android). An in-depth alphabet-teaching app that presents each letter in a wide variety of ways: visually, audibly and within words and sentences.
  • Speech with Milo: Interactive Storybook (iOS). Created by a speech therapist, this app encourages kids to interact with the story and be creative in developing stories of their own.
  • Monkey Preschool Lunchbox (iOS, Android). Kids can learn basic preschool concepts such as colors, shapes, fruits, counting, bigger/smaller and solving simple puzzles.
  • Kids ABC Phonics (Android). Helps early readers practice letter recognition by matching the letter they identify to the proper phonetic sound in a fun bubble-popping game.
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