Reading Raven is a fantastic iPad app for early readers. It takes children through five different lessons that teach a variety of skills. The app builds a foundation of letter recognition, phonics, vocabulary and more. It is self-paced and can be adjusted depending on your child’s age. The options section breaks down the activities by age and parents can select which of these appear. If a particular activity ends up being too difficult for your child they can always skip ahead and if they like one more than others they can play that over and over again. There’s a nice amount of flexibility here.

Activities are progressive and suggested for three age groups. The include the following:

  • Ages 3 and up 
    • Letter matching
    • Letter tracing
    • Letter recognition
    • Word matching
  • Ages 4 and up 
    • Vocabulary
    • Word beginnings
    • Word building (spelling)
    • Word spotting
  • Ages 5 and up 
    • Reading aloud using voice recording
    • Word tracing
    • Word groups (rhyming and beginning sounds)

Reading Raven has wonderful graphics and the activities are engaging. There is plenty of interaction within the app and loads of educational value. My 2 1/2 year old has been using the app and even though she’s younger than the target age it’s held her interest. Reading Raven has found a winning combination with the activities, skills, graphics, sound effects and more. The app has impressed me and if you have a child in the 3-5 age range it’s definitely worth a look.

Price when Reviewed: $3.99

See the app in iTunes

Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

Seller: Early Ascent, LLC

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.

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