What's New

- changed the keyboard layout to QWERTY
- changed the icon of the application
- minor bug fixes

App Description

Designed for Educators and Speech Language Pathologists who are working with students learning english, this app can be used in the classroom and home. The app includes a wide variety of words appropriate for first grade - see below for a full list.

A variety of scaffolding support has been built in including the following:

- 3 hint modes: letter, vowel or consonant, and vowel or consonant and letter
- normal and slow pronunciation for each word (tap on the sound button to hear the slow pronunciation)
- uppercase and lowercase options

This app uses a QWERTY keyboard layout. As a result of the built-in scaffolding, this app can be used for different levels of spellers. The variety of scaffolding support make this spelling app stand out. This is great for tutoring and independent play in the classroom.

The reward at the end of each level is a short optional balloon popping game. Pop as many balloons as you can in 30 seconds to see who has the fastest fingers.

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Below is a full list of the words for each level:

Level 1-3 - Short Vowel Sound of A
am, an, as, at, rat, sat, cat, pad, mad, pad,
sad, sap, gap, bag, gag, hag, lag, tag, ban, can, fan, pan, ran, tan, van, cap, map, nap, rap, jam, ham

Level 4-6 - Short Vowel Sound of E
bed, led, red, wed, beg, leg, hen, den, men, jet,
let, met, net, pet, set, yet, fell, bell, sell, nest, zest, test, pest, rest, jest, tent, rent, sent, went, felt, pelt, melt

Level 7-9 - Short Vowel Sound of I
if, it, is, bit, hit, sit, rid, lid, sip, tip,
nip, lip, him, rim, fix, six, din, pin, sin, tin, dig, fig, big, pig, jig, rig, bib, rib, fib

Level 10-12 - Short Vowel Sound of O
on, ox, got, cot, jot, lot, cob, job, rob, sob,
cod, god, nod, pod, rod, log, hog, dog, box, hop, mop, pop, top, dot, jot, lot, pot, rot, not

Level 13-14 - Short Vowel Sound of U
up, us, cub, hub, rub, bud, mud, dug, mug, pug, tug, jug, sum,
bun, run, sun, rut, hung, lung, sung, gush, dust, must, rust, gust, drum

Level 15-18 - Review of Short Vowel Sounds
man, fin, fit, hot, rug, lap, get, dim, rot, hum, pat, ten, mix, fun, tap, wet, hid, dot, hut, had, peg, his, cut, had, den, did, sod, fun, fog, tub, bet, hug, dip, fog, gun, did, gum, nag, bet, pen, cog, flog, help, lift, rush

Level 19 - Long Vowel Sound of A
date, late, mate, jade, fade, rate, came, same, cage, page, lace, wake

Level 20 - Long Vowel Sound of E
me, fee, feel, seek, we, she, feed, meek, beef, heed, deed, keep, reel, weed, deep, peep, weep

Level 21 - Long Vowel Sound of I
pile, file, mile, dike, like, fire, tire, life, rife, wife, hide, ride

Level 22 - Long Vowel Sound of O
code, node, rove, jolt, molt, bolt, bone, cone, hone, tone, hope, rope, cope, note, vote, hold

Level 23 - Long Vowel Sound of U
lure, cure, pure, cube, tube, mute, dune, use, huge, cue

Level 24-28 - Short Vowel Sounds
crab, grab, drab, slab, stab, brag, cram, clan, clad, dash, bled, fled, sled, sped, then, bent, best, vest, west, chip, ship, whip, slip, drip, spit, crib, gift, king, grit, shot, blot, spot, plot, trot, clog, frog, plod, stop, clod, bump, lump, pump, jump, hump, bulk, just, drug, shut, hush

Level 29-30 - Various Vowel Sounds
card, hard, bark, dark, hint, lint, mint, tint, deal, meal, neat, heat, bang, fang, gang, hang, rang, tank, rank, sank, hank, dank, dime

iPad Screenshots

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First Grade Spelling with Scaffolding Pro screenshot 1 First Grade Spelling with Scaffolding Pro screenshot 2 First Grade Spelling with Scaffolding Pro screenshot 3 First Grade Spelling with Scaffolding Pro screenshot 4 First Grade Spelling with Scaffolding Pro screenshot 5

App Changes

  • June 14, 2013 Initial release
  • June 19, 2013 New version 1.1
  • July 31, 2013 Price decrease: $2.99 -> FREE!
  • August 05, 2013 Price increase: FREE! -> $2.99
  • August 28, 2013 Price decrease: $2.99 -> $1.99
  • September 09, 2013 Price increase: $1.99 -> $3.99
  • December 04, 2013 New version 2.1
  • December 19, 2013 Price decrease: $3.99 -> $0.99
  • December 21, 2013 Price increase: $0.99 -> $1.99
  • January 03, 2014 Price increase: $1.99 -> $2.99
  • July 24, 2014 Price decrease: $2.99 -> $1.99
  • August 16, 2014 Price increase: $1.99 -> $2.99