Learning to Read Is Easy as B O B
Type of technology: iPad app
SAMR Model Rating: Substitution and Augmentation
Grade level: TK-2
Subject area: Literacy/Language Arts
Cost: $3.99 or $10 bundle (lite version available)
“If you can read this …thank a Kindergarten teacher!”
I am a Kindergarten teacher, and one of the most important parts of my job is teaching my kids to be readers. It is also a part of my job that I truly love. I am a writer, an avid reader and truly passionate about teaching kids to not only read, but love reading.
With the implementation of the Common Core Standards, Kindergarten had become more rigorous than in the past. The recent expectation is that students are beginning readers going into first grade…many of you are going WOW, but without the ability to read student are lost when they begin to read as a means of learning vs. just learning to read.
BUT my students are 5 and 6, this cannot just be phonics drills, sight word flash cards and decodable readers. Again my goal is for them to love reading and although these resources are necessary and helpful, I continue to look for ways to make the process more developmentally appropriate and fun. The BOB Book Reading Magic App helps me to accomplish this goal.
I am a big fan of the BOB book leveled reading sets. In my opinion they are a great resource for beginning readers. The books follow phonics patterns and get progressively more difficult. Assigning students different levels in the variety of boxes is one way I differentiate for students’ guided and independent reading. The BOB Book Reading Magic App is an interactive version of the BOB books.
The BOB Book Reading Magic app gives students the opportunity to read the text, has interactive phonics games to help them decode words, and the story animates as it reads the book to the students. I have used it as an intervention and extension resource. With so many students, it gives me the opportunity to help the students that need extra practice and challenge the students that are already independently reading. It is an engaging way to practice reading. My students love using it.
This is a paid app, but I encourage you to download the lite version and try it with your students. This is a great app for TK-2 and for intervention.
It is said that teachers of reading should listen to every student read at least once daily. Even the best teachers fall short of this expectation. This app is one resource that can aide in this endeavor and makes learning to read a fun and interactive experience.