When my 6-year-old son was in Kindergarten, we spent a significant amount of time reading and spelling CVC words and sight words. As I searched for apps to recreate magnet letters, I found Bogga Alphabet, a simple and fun iPad and iPhone app that encourages early literacy skills using magnetic letters. Upon entering the app, students will be prompted to tap on an animated hand to get to a screen of alphabet magnets. They can choose from uppercase or lower case letters and from letter names or letter sounds. Once they make these selections, they can choose one letter at a time to color, selecting any one of six available colors. Once the letter is colored, it automatically moves to the letter magnet collection, indicated by a refrigerator icon on the upper right-hand side of the screen. Students can make as many magnets as they want but will only be able to see nine at a time. If more than nine magnets have been made, those magnets will appear as the first nine are used. I recommend starting with at least seven consonant letter magnets and two vowel letter magnets to focus on specific vowel sounds. After the desired magnets have been created, students can tap on the refrigerator icon to start making words.
What I like most about this app is the ability to use duplicate letters of the same color to show word families and rhyming words. For this I recommend choosing one color for the initial consonant sounds, another color for the vowel in the word family and lastly, a third color for the final consonant sound. Doing so makes it much easier to differentiate the letter sounds and show repeating patterns in rhyming words. Here are screenshots to demonstrate this:
As the magnets are placed on the refrigerator, either the letter name or sound is presented, depending on the option selected earlier. This app certainly reinforces letter sounds and allows students to create words as well as practice their spelling independently or in small groups. Teachers can also use this app to help students with blending sounds in CVC words by presenting one word at a time. This app is $3.99 and can be downloaded using this link: