Reading, writing and the world of tablets – the apps that can help

As a writer I am more than passionate about the importance of reading and writing in all aspects of life, especially for young children. As much as I promote, encourage and practice reading and writing in my home (and every day at work), I hate to admit that I have a child who cannot read or write.

Every day he falls further and further behind his peers in these two critical subjects.

And it breaks my heart.

The underlying reason why he is falling behind in reading and writing is yet to be determined. It could be due to a learning difficulty or it could be because I am not doing enough with him at home. It could be because he simply hasn’t developed this part of his brain yet or it could be because he really doesn’t want to learn.

Or it could be because he is so obsessed with his iPad that he prefers to play games than to actually pick up a book and attempt to read.

The Rise of the iPad

School curriculum has changed a lot since we were growing up. In addition to reading, writing and maths, children are also learning how to navigate through the often complex and fascinating world of technology. Every classroom has an iPad (or several) and students are encouraged to learn how to use these devices.

For many mums and dads, encouraging their children to use a tablet is the easy bit. Encouraging them to put the tablet down, however, can pose quite the challenge.

While there is no denying the benefit of learning how to read books and how to write using a pen and paper, iPads can actually help develop these skills (if you can convince your kids to close the Minecraft app).

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most educational and engaging apps for kids of all ages and abilities to help develop these essential reading and writing skills.

For Writing and Comprehension  

Book Creator

  • Grade level: 3rd, 4th, 5th and above

MiniMod Reading for Details Lite

  • Grade level: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and above

Write About This

  • Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Writing Wizard

  • Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st

For Vocabulary and Spelling


  • Grade level: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

Scene Speak

  • Grade level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

The Sight Word Adventure

  • Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Rocket Speller

  • Grade level: K, 1st, 2nd

For Phonics and Print Awareness

abc PocketPhonics

  • Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st

Alpha Writer

  • Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st

Elkonin Boxes

  • Grade level: K, 1st, 2nd

PocketPhonics Stories

  • Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd

For Children with Dyslexia and other Learning Disabilities

Articulation Station

  • Grade level: K, 1st, 2nd

Dyslexia Toolbox

  • Grade level: 4th, 5th and above

Speak it! Text to Speech

  • Grade level: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and above

Word Wizard: Talking Movable Alphabet and Spelling Test for Kids

  • Grade level: Pre-kindy, kindy, 1st, 2nd and 3rd



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