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Have fun learning:
- How to spell 200 three-letter words, including 163 CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) and 37 sight words.
- 54 parts that can be used to design 720 house combinations.
- Four game levels that help children progress from basic letter identification to spelling words all on their own.
- The ability to switch between upper- and lower-case letters.
- Selectable word groupings that help players learn at their own pace, whether they're ready for easy, hard or sight words.
- A teaching keypad with the name and sound of every letter.
- High-resolution images that look great on every screen.
Spell a word and start an adventure.
Gappy's First Words™ is the interactive reading game that helps early learners master more than 200 words and their sounds. From dusty deserts to distant planets, players must spell words to bridge the gaps that prevent Gappy from getting home, and with every adventure they complete, they'll earn the parts they need to redesign Gappy's house. Whether it's a cozy cabin, a mushroom house or a castle with a gingerbread roof, they'll enjoy creating more than 700 fun combinations in the primary learning adventure perfect for pint-size readers.
AWARDS AND HIGHLIGHTS
- Featured in Apple's Education Spotlight Newsletter
- Apple New and Noteworthy
This app, from these tried and true developers,
is so engaging, visually pleasing, and inviting
the students simply can't get enough of it!
- Teachers With Apps
Listen for the letter and drag it to the Answer Area. This level is all about recognizing letters and their sounds.
On this level, players must listen to the word and decide which letter is missing, using the skills they acquired in the Beginner level to find the missing consonant.
This stage is a little harder, with two letters missing. To close the gap, players must listen to the word, select the missing letters and drag them to the Answer Area.
On the final stage, players spell words all on their own, using their knowledge of letters and sounds to spell their first words with no visual clues to assist them.
Select Your Words
Adjust the difficulty to match the player's skill level by selecting the words they'll practice. Choose one set of words, or any combination
of the three.
Select Your Case
Use this button to choose either upper- or lowercase letters.
HOW TO PLAY
At the halfway mark, you'll see an object like this, letting you know that you've successfully spelled five different words.
Tap this button to hear the clue again.
This button tracks your progress in the game. Tap it anytime to see how many gaps you have to cross to get Gappy safely home.
Complete words by dragging the missing letters to the appropriate box. Don't worry about wrong answers. With Gappy, you can always try again.
Every time Gappy makes it all the way home, you'll unlock a new part you can use to customize Gappy's House. Click the house button on the main menu to see which parts you've unlocked and use them to design up to 720 fun combinations.
HOW YOU'LL KNOW THEY'RE LEARNING
Gappy's House Parts
Because players have to spell 10 words to unlock a part for Gappy's House, a quick look at their unlocked parts will tell you how they're doing. For example, if they've collected all six parts needed to make the log cabin, you'll know they've successfully spelled at least 60 words.
As players master their letters and sounds, they should progress to harder levels. If they seem to have difficulty, you can adjust their practice words in the setting or tap on the ABC button to help them practice specific letters and their sounds.
REVIEWS AND WRITE-UPS
"This app, from these tried and true developers, is so engaging, visually pleasing, and inviting the students simply can't get enough of it!"
- Teachers With Apps
"Spinlight Studios adds Gappy's First Words to the developer's growing list of go-to kids edu-apps like Geography Drive."
"The cute designs make this inviting app a fun and engaging tool for early learners
to study vocabulary with."
"A well-designed app for learning about letters and sounds while building words."
"Gappy's First Words is one of a few apps that are really good in helping your juniors learn spelling and sight words."
- Geeks With Juniors
"Another surprise for kids is the reward activity … , which is very encouraging, adding a big plus to the app!"
- Real Kids Apps
"Children and adults alike will enjoy this simple and intuitive children's app."
- 148 Apps
"Gappy's First Words is a well constructed and versatile little app. … You will be happy you downloaded for your child."
- App Treasure Hunter
"Gappy's First Words ties in great with our Montessori language lessons. I'm happy to let my son 'play a game' that is actually helping him learn to read and write at age three!"
- Imagine Our Life
"Gappy's First Words does a great job helping kids learn to spell over 200 three-letter words."
"Spinlight Studio has never disappointed me, and they continue to put out great apps that my girls love. Gappy's First Words is no exception."