@Reks On TCEA List of Free Must-Have iPad Apps for Spelling

@Reks‘ spelling app, Build A Word Express – Practice spelling and learn letter sounds and names, was honored to be on TCEA’s list of Free Must-Have iPad Apps for Spelling. http://www.tcea.org/

TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) is a member-based organization devoted to the use of technology in education.  To check out the full list of Free Must-Have iPad Apps for Spelling follow this link: http://www.tcea.org/freeMustHaveiPadSpellingAPps


Build A Word Express Ranked 4th By Bronwyn Sutton

@Reks‘ lite version of a series of spelling apps, Build A Word Express – Practice spelling and learn letter sounds and names, was thoroughly reviewed by a Speech Language Pathologist and Educator with 25 years experience,

Bronwyn Sutton is a Speech Language Pathologist and Educator with 25 years experience and expertise in working with students with autism and language impairments. Bronwyn Sutton has postgraduate qualifications in Education and has a Masters of Special Education in Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. Bronwyn is enrolled in the Doctor of Education program where she is researching the use of iPad technology to support social interactions with peers.

Bronwyn Sutton, on The Learning App Guide website.


According to Ms. Sutton Build A Word Express spelling app offers satisfactory pronunciation providing repetitive practice. She seems to be overwhelmed with the app’s accessibility options for students with visual impairment and fine motor challenges. Furthermore, she claims that “most students would find this app easy to use”.  (more…)

“We love this app because it is an interactive and engaging blend of great fun and learning”

Caboose – Learn Patterns and Sorting with Letters, Numbers, Shapes and Colors App is a game scenario that provides practice and reinforcement for sorting and patterning skills. It is a fun activity for children as they complete activities to travel across the U.S. or Europe on a train. We love this app because it is an interactive and engaging blend of great fun and learning. (Julene Reed in www.appolearning.com)

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Build A Word Easy Spelling Recommended by Sonoma County Office of Education

Sonoma County Office of Education published online a list of recommended spelling apps. @Reks is proud to announce that Build A Word – Easy Spelling – Learn to Spell Sight Words, Long Vowel and Short Vowel Words Application was one of the offered spelling applications for iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch.  Check out their list of recommended apps: http://www.scoe.org/files/spelling-apps.pdf



5 Stars for Build A Word Easy Spelling with Phonics

“How do you make learning the basic principles of spelling fun and engaging? Invite the user to pop dinosaur-filled bubbles, of course! Build A Word utilizes proven methods to teach your young child how to connect letters into words, and accomplishes this feat in an organized, yet entertaining way.” Kids App Reviews  (more…)

Build A Word Exprss Easy Spelling Enhances Curriculum And Learning Experience

Jenni Swanson VoorheesJenni Swanson Voorhees Academic Technology Coordinator, Sidwell Friends School Washington, DC

“One of the most significant aspects of this app [Build A Word Express - Practice spelling...] that I like is that there is an option to choose the kind of word list you would like the children to work on.  There are lists for all of the following and more: beginning blend sounds, double consonants, short vowels, long vowels, Dolch word lists for grades preprimer to third and 1-3 letter word lists all the way to 6+ letter word lists.  This feature really allows for differentiation within one classroom while it also enables teachers to use this app across the grades as well. ”  iPad Adventures at Lower School blog at http://sfsipads.blogspot.com/2012/08/build-word.html



Jenni Swanson Voorhees is currently the Coordinator of Academic Technology at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. With her teaching team, she is writes the iPad Adventures at Lower School blog, which has had International attention.  Jenni and her team were having a blast testing apps this summer for their first grade students. The blog’s entry from August 16th, 2012 reviews Build A Word Express – Practice spelling and learn letter sounds and names application by @Reks. The spelling app designed for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iPad Mini is praised for its content and its educational value.


“The other feature I think is beneficial about this app is that when you tap the letter, the exact letter sound is given.  This is wonderful repetition at all ages and helps build letter-sound (more…)

Build A Word Easy Spelling Solid Spelling App for Early Readers – TheiPhoneMom

The iPhone Mom posted a review of Build A Word – Easy Spelling - Learn to Spell Sight Words, Long Vowel and Short Vowel Words Application for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.  According to the reviewer this is “a solid spelling app for early readers”.


Build A Word Express Reaches Top 30 Apps at SmartAppsForKids

Build A Word Express – Practice spelling and learn letter sounds and names by @Reks reaches Top 30 Favorite Free Apps on Smart Apps For Kids website. 

Every day Smart Apps For Kids picks what they call the Good Free App of the Day, an app that they have downloaded, tested and certified. This means the application cannot have a ton of ads or just a little content with ton of in-app purchases. Also, the app has to be good. Having analysed myriads of apps, they have created Top 30 Favorite FREE Apps based on the number of  hits the app received on their website.


Memory Game Multiplication “Great Starter App for Multiplication Learners”

Smart Apps For Kids reviewed another one of @Reks‘ memory game applications for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This time it was Memory Game Multiplication. According to the reviewer, the app is:

Memory Game Multiplication AWARDED by SmartAppsForKids


A great starter app for young multiplication learners with an additional “take a look” for special needs parents. … There are A LOT of matching apps in the app store but this one really distinguishes itself because it has a number of great features, including a play-against-the-computer-mode that adds tremendously to the app’s long-term playability.


Memory Game Spelling Words Editor’s Favorite

Appysmart.com posted a review of Memory Game Spelling Words, an educational application for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The review focused on: Interface, Ads, In app purchase, Graphic quality, Length of play, and Educational value.  Memory Game Spelling Words App created by @Reks met the criteria to earn the Editor’s Favorite Badge. Here is what the reviewer likes:

AppySmarts Editor's Favorite

 …the concept, easy operation, good educational value, number and choice of words (short vowel words, long vowel words, sight words), many configuration options (uppercase/lowercase, word lists, 6/12/18 tiles), clear pronunciation of all of the words, the visual prompt option (to take a quick look at the cards).

Appysmart.com is a website that provides a list of “best apps for young brains”. To provide their users with the best recommendations possible they created “a complex rating and ranking criteria and a special algorithm to analyze and match the data”.


Applicable2U & IEAR Review of Caboose Update

Applicable2U and IEAR published a review of one of AtReks applications for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Caboose – Learn Patterns and Sorting with Letters, Numbers, Shapes andApp Reviews Colors.  The author is Andrea Gardner who wrote a very generous and inspirational review. According to her:

Applicable2U gives Caboose two thumbs up! It meets our approval for gaming with a reason.  With a very interactive and engaging design, your child will be learning and having fun at the same time.  More … 

The review praised the Caboose graphics and diverse options in the SETTINGS part of the app.

As our train nears 170 reviews, we are excited to hop on the recently updated educational app,Caboose: Learn Patterns and Sorting with Letters, Numbers, Shapes and Colors by developer AtReks. Your train conductor, a sweet looking dinosaur will offer you two tickets, one that will have you traveling around the United States as you learn about patterns and another that will take you across Europe where your little one will sort items and build their vocabulary.  Go on this amazing journey as it was built to work on all Apple devices running iOS 4.0 or later. (more…)

Memory Game Spelling Words and Build A Word Easy Spelling Advised by Tech&Learning

Vicki Windman, a special education teacher at Clarkstown High School South, created a list of applications for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that best help students with spelling. The list was posted on Tech&Learning Website (http://www.techlearning.com/index). Two of @Reks apps earned a place on this list: Memory Game Spelling Words, and Build A Word Easy Spelling with 600+Words.

Vicki Windman recommends Memory Game Spelling Words because “the app also fosters memory, concentration, reasoning, and perception”. She categorized it in the following spelling group Pre-primer – 3rd Grade. Memory Game would be another way to help children learn to spell:


Build A Word Easy Spelling for Special Needs Students In Ohio

Build A Word Easy Spelling with 600+ Words immerges in Ohio. Instructional Technology Integration Partnership in Ohio posted online Curriculum App Reviews for Special Needs Students which recommends this spelling application created by @Reks.

The review was written by Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools. He recommends Build A Word Easy Spelling saying that ” This app is also great for special education students who need modified lists. This app is highly engaging and wonderful for students.”

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Harding Academy of Memphis, Tennessee, Recommends Build A Word Easy Spelling

Harding Academy of Memphis, Tennessee, recommended Build A Word Easy Spelling to its students as part of Summer Reading Program.

According to this academy “children who read as few as six books over the summer maintain the level of reading skills they achieved during the preceding school year”. The parents were suggested a reading list for students entering Junior Kindergarten through First Grade. This list contains one of @Reks’s apps on a short list of apps!  Build A Word Easy Spelling that contains more than 600 words (Dolch’s Sight Word List) is considered a beneficial educational tool to help children with both reading and writing. The feature that offers creation of multiple custom made spelling list with personalized recordings is definitely a plus!

Follow this ling to check our Harding Academy Summer Reading List: www.hardingacademymemphis.org!


“@Reks has a lot of really awesome learning apps”

Weclome to Their World Apps reviewed several of @Reks’ apps. According to the reviewer: 

 All their apps can really help our children get into spelling and math in a cute and friendly way. Their apps help by adding a friendly dinosaur to leed our children into a whole new way of learning things that are needed for everyday living such as adding, subtracting, spelling, time, patterns, and more. They offer apps geared toward children from preschool to about 2nd grade… 


Caboose – Learn to Recognize and Complete Colors Takes Sweden!

Pappa Daniel from Sweden found the iPhone and iPad application Caboose Learn to Recognize and Complete Colors educational and beneficial for children. He contacted @Reks and asked to write a review for his Swedish readers on http://www.pappasappar.se.  Here is what the Swedish reviewer had to say about the app:

Se ett mönster och lista ut vilken del som saknas

Har du någonsin gjort ett IQ-test så förstår du hur den här appen fungerar. Man får upp fem olika delar och skall baserat på det lista ut vilken del som saknas i serien. Man får färdiga svarsalternativ. Men ett IQ-test är egentligen en dålig jämförelse, för den här appen innehåller inte någon sådan bedömning. …

Den här appen känns som en lagom utmaning för små barn. Det jag gillar med appen är att den innehåller så många olika delar, utan att det känns krystat. Fokus är på att lista ut den saknade delen, men samtidigt lär man sig färger, former, bokstäver m.m. Kommer dessutom svensk ljudning så blir det pricken på I:et. Applåderna och appens grafiska utseende gör ”Caboose” barnvänlig och rolig. Det känns inte som om serierna av delar upprepar sig så mycket, vilket nog bidrar till en längre hållbarhet. Möjligtvis hade utvecklaren kunnat haft med något ytterligare belöningsmoment. Och grafiken går att göra snyggare – men det tror jag inte att barn lägger så mycket vikt vid.

”Caboose” passar barn mellan 3 och 6 år. 3 åringar kan nog behöva assistans av vuxen.  Read more … 


@Reks is currently working on releasing Caboose Learn to Recognize and Complete Colors in Swedish and German!

Build A Word Easy Spelling App to Assist in Writing Process

Vicky Windman made a list of iPhone, iPad applications that can assist students in the writing process. She finds that writing is a skill that many students struggle with, from grammar, idiom and spelling to punctuation and footnotes. According to her Build A Word Easy Spelling is one of the apps that can aid students in their endeavor to acquire the writing skill. Vicki Windman sees Build A Word Easy Spelling App as an app that is


especially good for special-needs students who need a blank background to reduce distraction, large letter cards, and the option not to time or keep score to reduce pressure.



Memory Game: Multiplication – Dutch Review

A Dutch reviewer became interested in the application Memory Game: Multiplication. According to the reviewer: 

Een leuke app om je keer sommen bij te schaven. Je kan het zelfs met 2 spelers spelen, wat zorgt voor een leuke strijd. Al je scores worden opgeslagen in deze app. Omdat kinderen soms niet gek zijn op leren, is deze app een uitkomst. Spelenderwijs leren! De app is geheel naar wens aan te passen, zodat je makkelijk kan beginnen en het steeds moeilijker kan maken…Dacht je dat je het memorie spel goed kon? Dan moet je dit eens proberen, een echte uitdaging.

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The iPhone Mom on Build A Word – Easy Spelling

The iPhone Mom liked the method used by educational application Build A Word Easy Spelling. She also found it useful to see different levels based on the vowel sound in the word – short and long vowel words. According to her:

You can’t beat the app for content, 600 words is plenty to keep your child spelling for a good long while. 


Since then the application has been considerably improved. Build A Word Easy Spelling continued to dominate the spelling-app market with these incredible new features:

  • a list of spelling words in addition to 600 existing words(type in the new word and record your voice)!
  • multiple custom word lists
  • three existing word lists: short vowel words, long vowel words, sight words (Dolch’s Sight Words List and more)
  • audio and/or visual prompt
  • two modes: Practice and Quiz
  • upper and lower case letters
  • immediate sound feedback heard upon tapping the correct/incorrect letter
  • option to choose either a BEEP tone or NARRATION for the incorrect letter

Caboose – Learn to Recognize and Complete Patterns – Fun App

Caboose – Learn to Recognize and Complete Patterns was reviewed on iHeartThisApp by Amanda (– A SAHM to 2 children ages 6 and 4. My 4 year old has autism. I also have a teaching degree.) Caboose - Learn to Recognize and Complete Patterns

Kids will definitely have fun with Caboose, and parents and teachers will appreciate the fact that they can customize it, avoiding the frustrations many children experience when they are unable to complete a task or activity.

… Caboose – Learn to Recognize and Complete Patterns – Shapes, Shapes, Colors, Letters and numbers is a fun app that covers everything from shapes to phonics while keeping kids engaged. I really liked the customizable features because it allows for use by all learning and developmental levels.


Caboose – Pedagogically Designed App!

Smart Apps For Kids featured Caboose – Learn to Recognize and Complete Patterns. Here is what they said:

The top-ranked @Reks’s app is Caboose – Learn to Recognize and Complete Patterns – Shapes, Colors, Letters and Numbers, a pedagogically-designed app in which a child compares concepts and recognizes patterns, an important developmental skill for preschool children. Caboose reached the top 10 in the U.S. and in many other countries worldwide. More … 


Smart Apps for Kids Recommended Memory Game Spelling Words


Memory Game Spelling Words Wins 4 Stars

Smart Apps for Kids reviewed Memory Game Spelling Words, educational application for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. According to the reviewer

“ it’s a really well-done app at a great price”.  The reviewer praised the atmosphere created by the app saying the app would work very well with special needs children. This application is considered a much better learning tool for spelling words than flash cards.

“What’s a great way to teach your kids sight/spelling words? Dinosaurs jumping off a bridge, of course!” Read more… 


Memory Game Letters and Numbers “Cleverly Helps…Children Learn Numbers, Letters and Phonics”

BestAppsForKids reviewed Memory Game Letters and Numbers. According to this reviewer:


Memory Game Letters and Numbers


“On the surface this app seems basic, however it cleverly helps preschool and kindergarten aged children learn numbers, letters and

phonics through a card matching game. It’s simple, but effective. Between matching games, there is cute mini-
game, which you can also turn off.

There are 3 levels of matching games – 6 cards, 12 cards and 18 cards, and 4 variations of game; upper case letters, lower case letters, mixed case letters, numbers 1-20. Read more … 






Caboose Recommended by Texas Computer Education Association

The Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) created a list of recommended iPad apps for teachers. The Texas Computer Education Association works to innovate K-12 teaching and learning with technology through quality professional development and conferences.Caboose Learn to Recognize and Complete Patterns is one of the chosen educational apps on the list.

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Caboose in 10 Best Introductory Math Games for the iPad by Learn Things Web

Caboose Learn to Recognize and Complete Patterns, version 1.0,  was listed in 10 Best Introductory Math Games for the iPad by Learn Things Web. The writer has tested several iPad math games with children 3 and 6 years old and made a choice of 10 best introductory math games for that age. According to the writer:

“This is a cute and colorful app that is perfect for preschool and kindergarten age children. It only has simple ABAB type patterns, which are perfect for beginners. My only complaint is that there is no audio that reads out the patterns.”

Read more… 

Caboose Learn to Recognize and Complete Patterns has been updated to version 2.0 with some amazing features. It would be interesting to hear what this author would have to say about it. The latest version was shaped according to ideas shared with us by reviewers and educators worldwide.


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