iSort Words


Developed by:Dactyl Applications


Ages 5-8

This app is a power pack of four interactive spelling activities, each with three levels of play that your child can utilize at his/her own skill level.  We love how this app engages your child as they learn important spelling concepts, such as word families and rhyming.  Track your child’s progress as they advance through each skill level with the progress chart, which includes information about total score and accuracy.

Get Ready

Prepare to use this app with the following activities:

  1. Get Rhyming:Introduce or reinforce the concept of rhyming (words that sound alike) with your child by asking them to identify a rhyming word.  Early readers should start with simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words such as cat, sit, tag, and run.  Older children can play this game with longer phonograms (letter sequences), such as _ent and _ill.  
  2. Sing it Out!Nursery rhymes are a perfect way to introduce (or reintroduce) rhyming to a child. Sing a popular version of Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I’m a Little Tea Pot, or Mary Had a Little Lamb or create a jazzy version of your own to emphasize the rhyming patterns.  Don’t stop there. Clap or stomp out the rhyming words or even act them out!

Dive In

Help your child get the most out of this app by trying any of the following activities

  1. Push Sort:Even at level one, this game requires children to read independently.  Adults can provide scaffolding by reading words aloud for early readers. The time clock cannot be turned off, however, a player can take as much time as needed to complete a task.
  2. Swipe Sort:Readers must swipe through words that correspond to the word family identified. Level one requires players to read independently and to scan words at a quick pace. Parents can provide scaffolding for early readers by reading words aloud or swiping when the child reads the word to the adult.
  3. Speed Sort:Players must place the main word in the quadrant of the corresponding word family.  At level one, there is a seven second time clock, which may be fast for early readers. Parents can scaffold play by pushing the pause button, where you are still able to see the four quadrant choices in the background of the paused screen.

Branch Out

Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:

  1. Create a Rhyming Book:Have your child draw pictures of objects that rhyme or cut out pictures found in magazines. Use construction paper to create each page or a blank journal where your child can continuously add information to their very own “rhyming encyclopedia!”
  2. Play Rhyme Charades:Start by saying “I am thinking of a word that rhymes with ____ (e.g. cat).”  Then ask your child to act out what they think the word you are thinking of might be. To stick with the example of cat, a child might pretend to be a bat.  If playing with more than one child, have the group sit in a circle and invite anyone who has an idea of what the word might be to act out their answer.