Free Preschool Reading Apps

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Free Preschool Reading Apps – Do you have iPads in your classroom? I have had them in my classroom for the past 3 years! I often get asked what apps I recommend, so I decided to compile my top 10 favorite free literacy apps in this blog post!

** Click on the app name or the corresponding image to view the apps in the app store **

Free Preschool Reading Apps

This is absolutely my favorite printing app. It is simple to navigate. It has options for uppercase, lowercase and words. Each letter begins with the name of the letter, the sound of the letter and a word with that letter as an initial sound.

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Ollie the owl will show the children a motion trail. After the children watch Ollie they can trace the letter with their finger. The star is there to show them where to start. One of the things I love about this app is that it won’t let you go the wrong way or start anywhere but the star. This definitely helps them learn how to form letters correctly and not pick up any bad habits!

The downside is that the free letters are only up to M and only 2 cvc words and sight words are available in the free version. But for only $3.99 for the full version I think the full version is still a good deal!

If you want a free app with all letters and numbers 1-9 this is for you! The interface is simple to navigate, there are no ads for kids to accidentally click on, the app says the letter or number name before it starts showing the motion path and the trains/worms that show on the children a motion path before they start training.

The downside is that there aren’t really any instructions on what to do (although it’s pretty self-explanatory) and the biggest downside is that it won’t correct you when you’re not following the correct movement path. You also don’t get to choose which letter or number to apply, it always starts with the first letter or number and goes through it in sequence. But for a completely free app it has a lot of great features!

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This is a great one for reinforcing letter recognition! It starts with entering a letter and they give you three options. For example they say “Touch the F”. If you click on any other letter, the F will give you a “ba-dum” sound. If you click on F it will say “awesome!” and move you to the next question.

It becomes more difficult with more and more letters on the screen. If you didn’t hear the instructions the first time, you can click the little green button in the top right corner and it will tell you again. The only downside I can think of is that the letters only come in capital letters!

Here’s another great one for letter recognition and starting to read! There are 3 options. “Read to me” will read the words to students as it highlights each word. “Read it to myself” will allow kids to read it on their own, but if they get stuck, they can tap the word and the app will read it to them. “Autoplay” runs through the entire alphabet without having to click the arrow each time.

The app also allows you to tap the colored capital letters on the left and it will tell you the name of the letter. It also allows you to tap on the picture and the app will tell you the word and the word will appear next to the picture!

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The only downsides are that the letters are only lowercase and it’s a little hard to get back into the menu (you have to move down diagonally to make the home button appear at the top). Other than that, this is a great app for beginning readers!

This is another very comprehensive app! This one is great because it uses different skills. For your pre-readers, you can start them off with the “Big Reading Show” option where they practice letter recognition and matching letter sounds.

Each step goes through an order. First they watch letter videos of the letters that make up the word family they will make. Then they begin adding a letter to the word family and learning each word. Then they work on drawing the letter in the word family and putting each word together. The app then reads them a word from the word family and they have to tap the correct word (3 choices are given). After the word work piece is done, the last step is to read a book with family words. They can read it themselves or click on the yellow speech bubble and have the app read it for them as it highlights the words being read.

The downside is that only Phase 1 is free and after playing it you might want to buy it… but the paid app is a year or lifetime subscription and quite expensive at $39.99 / $49.99 USD. The free part of the app though is good enough to warrant downloading it!

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This is another great one for introducing students to different literacy skills. Students choose a word (in the images below the word is “all”), the app sight reads the word and then the app scrambles the letters. When you tap and drag the letter to place it in the word the letter will say the sound it makes and when you place it in the word it will say the name of the letter.

After you form the focus word, you will be asked to put some sight words in the correct place in a sentence. The app will read the sight word when you drag it to the right place and when you place it on the outline. Once you drag all the sight words into the right place, the app will read the sentence to you and give you a short animation to go along with it!

My kids find the animation in this app engaging and usually quite popular! The only problem is that the free version only includes 6 words so they quickly run out of options.

This is a great app for practicing CVC words! Children get a picture of the word CVC above the whale. They have to spell the word on the whale by dragging the correct seal to the correct blow hole.

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The good thing about this app is that they give you clear instructions throughout. You can tap the picture and it will tell you what it is. If you press the letters on the whale it will tell you the sound it makes. If you tap on the seals, it will tell you what the letter on the seal sounds like. It’s also self-correcting so if you drag the seal into the wrong blow hole it won’t let you go and makes a low sound that indicates it’s not the right sound.

Once you’ve entered the correct letters, the app will read the sound of each letter back to you and say the word again. Great modeling for segmenting and mixing sounds!

The other great thing about this app is that although they have a part where you can play with the things they win after every few questions, it’s timed! That way, they won’t spend forever dressing up the alien or bouncing it around the field! When the time is up, it automatically moves to the next question.

Endless word play is another great one for word families and CVC words! Each level contains 3 words from the same word family. The first has a vague outline to support students in putting the correct letter in the correct place. Then the second and third have no plot. However, the app will give you hints if they notice you making mistakes or taking too long!

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After forming the three words, the app takes you to a short animated video where they show you the word used in a sentence with the corresponding video! The downside is that there are only 3 levels included in the free version so students go through this one quickly. However, they can always go back and play the levels they’ve already played!

This is a great app with many options for games! Unfortunately, the free version only includes uppercase letters and the first 6 letters of the alphabet… but it’s a great app nonetheless!

The tracing part involves students practicing printing each letter three times and it becomes difficult (thick outline with dashed lines, dots only, no dot- dotted lines).

This app is good for your students who can copy letters and are working on learning simple sight words. The app has 25 sight words (which is pretty generous for a free app!). The app is

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