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Best Apps for Letter Names and Sound Recognition

I’m always on the lookout for apps that are both fun for my students and also sneakily teach them important concepts! Today I’ll share with you my favorite apps and websites that give students practice with letter names and sound recognition.

During guided reading, I like to have my other groups working on a variety of activities including time on the iPad and desktop computers. If you choose the right apps and games, your students will be engaged, and you will have fewer interruptions during your small group time!

Free Letter Names and Sound Recognition Apps

Paid Apps

Subscription Websites

These subscription-based websites can be pricey, but the number of educational games they provide is outstanding. These websites offer both language arts and math games. I used them during my guided reading and small group math time and the kids loved them!

Before I started a new unit I would show the students how to play the game I had chosen both on the iPad and on the computer. I would change the games/apps every 2-3 weeks to keep the students interested. Some days they would get free time to go back and do one of the games we had previously learned which was a big motivator.

AbcYa offers a free and a paid version. The free version comes with ads on the site. I worked at a private school so I didn’t have the strict rules that some other schools might have about using websites with ads.

I had to train my students to enable Adobe Flash if necessary (sometimes it would pop up) and to click the X to close an ad if it was interfering with the screen. I never saw an inappropriate ad and my students never reported one to me, the ads are just more of a nuisance.

If your desktop computers run off of Chrome you can enable the AdBlock ad on and it takes care of all of your problems! If you want some more information about it you read here:

Safely Using Videos in the Classroom

The paid version doesn’t have any ads and can be purchased for 5 devices, 30 devices, or a school-wide license. Here is the pricing info. for the site:

ABCYA Pricing

AbcYa is also available in-app form, but you have to have the paid version to access the games. is another site where you have access to online games for both language arts and math. You can pay $15 a month for access, and there is additionally a school-wide license available. also has an area where you can print up worksheets as well!

If you are lucky enough to have funding for these websites they are well worth it! They provide a one-stop shop for engaging games that cover all of the standards you are expected to teach!

Letter Names and Sound Recognition Resources for Parents

When a student is behind with letter names and sound recognition an academic pattern can begin that is difficult to recover from. To help catch students up to speed it is imperative that parents work with their children at home in addition to the extra assistance they get at school.

To help you communicate resources that parents can use, I’ve created this apps list that you can send home! It’s perfect to hand over during conference time after discussing future goals for their student.

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Letter Names and Sound Recognition Apps List

Check out my other posts on technology to learn more about the programs and resources I use.

You can also find additional letter recognition activities below:

Letter Names and Sound Recognition Resources
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