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Our Top Tips for Using the Letter Tiles App

Are you using the Letter Tiles app and need a few tips for using it more effectively? We’ve got you covered! Watch as Shanna demonstrates our top 11 tips in the video or continue reading below!

Tips for Using the Letter Tiles App

  1. Add tiles to the word-building area.

    There are three ways to place letter tiles in the word-building area, so take your pick! You can drag the tile from the tile storage area and drop it in the word-building area, you can swipe the tile, or you can simply tap the tile.

  2. Move the letter tiles around.

    There are two ways to move the tiles around the word-building area. Use one finger to move an individual tile or use two fingers to move an entire word.

  3. Remove tiles from the word-building area.

    To remove one tile at a time, drag or swipe the tile down toward the tile storage area. To remove all the tiles at once, simply drag one tile up to the top of the screen.


  4. Search for tiles in the tile storage area.

    The first way to find a tile in the tile storage area is to swipe left until you find your tile. To avoid grabbing a single tile, use two fingers on the screen as you scroll. You can also narrow your search by using the category tabs at the top of the Tile Storage Area to find specific tile types. For example, if you’re looking for a Vowel Team tile, just touch the Vowel Team tab to find your tile.

  5. Use optional tile functions.

    When you touch and hold a letter tile, you are given two options. You can capitalize the first letter on the tile (ear becomes Ear) or you can hear the different sounds the phonogram on the tile makes.

  6. Use the All Tiles option.

    Are you using an older edition of All About Reading and the lessons don’t quite match up? Or maybe you prefer to use the reading version of the syllable tags instead of the spelling version. Choosing All Tiles from the subject drop-down menu gives you the option of using all the tiles from all levels of both programs.

  7. Lock the screen.

    To eliminate the possibility of adding unwanted placeholder boxes or moving tiles around during blending exercises, click the lock icon in the navigation bar above the word-building area.

  8. Give your child fewer tiles to work with.

    If your child is having a hard time spelling a word, narrow his options by placing a limited number of letter tiles in the word-building area for him to choose from.

  9. Use placeholder boxes to help your child segment words.

    When you tap the screen in the word-building area, a light gray box will appear. Each box is a placeholder for a single phonogram and can be moved around just like a regular tile. These Elkonin boxes (or sound boxes) can help children segment words into their individual sounds, a critical skill for spelling. The gray placeholder tiles can be helpful in many situations, such as the lesson in which your child must choose whether to use C or K at the beginning of a word.

    On the other hand, if you or your child finds it frustrating to have these placeholder tiles appear when touching the screen, you can turn them off in the settings menu.

  10. Divide words into syllables.

    When it’s time to divide a word into syllables, you can easily pull the word apart by touching your fingers on the two tiles where you want to split the word and dragging outwards.

  11. Watch the features videos on your tablet.

    Afraid you’ll forget some of these helpful tips? Don’t worry—there are videos right on your app to remind you of all these helpful features! Simply go to the Settings menu and click on either Overview or Advanced Features to watch the videos. To exit the video, touch your screen and find the X button in the upper right corner.

download Tips for Using the Letter Tiles App quick guide

Have you discovered a tip for using the Letter Tiles app? Please share in the comments below!

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Srishti Arya

says:

I tutor a girl who is in pre-school. She used to be a shy kid, but now she has considerably improved. The resources, like tactile cards, playdough, building blocks, among many others, have made the teaching process easier. My kid (I tend to think of all of the students as my kids because I don’t just tutor them and focus on their course but also want them to engage willingly, develop and be the best version of themselves. I just want them to put their best foot forward in everything) does not only love engaging in the process but also finds learning so much more fun. She loves to color, paint, paste, cut and draw. She is learning to draw and I couldn’t have found better activities to engage her into. Thank you for existing and making the learning process extremely fun!

Lauren McCray

says:

Didn’t know this app was around. So cool!

Colleen

says:

I’m excited to try this out. Thank you.

Elizabeth M

says:

Does this work on any IPad?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Elizabeth,
The app supports all iPads from the iPad 2, released in 2011, to current models that are updated to iOS 9.3 or later. You can find more information in the FAQ on the Letter Tiles app page.

Amanda

says:

Wow. We already have tiles and a white board (and the habit of using them), but that app looks really well designed! That’s so great for school-on-the-go or smaller spaces!

Vikki

says:

This app looks great. I think I will have a play with it and see how I can make use of it for small group learning.

Nancy Barton

says:

Thank you for sharing this fantastic information!! Wish they had this when my kiddos were little!

Melissa B

says:

I had no idea you had a letter tile app!

Amy Gomez

says:

I can’t recommend this curriculum enough! It truly has made all the difference with my girls. Such a blessing!

Michelle Newton

says:

My child is in 7th grade and I realized she wasn’t spelling as well as our 5th grader. AAS has helped her to hear and see the different letters and sounds.

Chee Kong Kan

says:

We are using AAR with our dyslexic child with success. In fact we’ve given our level 1 to a friend with an autistic child. AAR is easy to use and saves us from a lot of work which allows us to concentrate on teaching the child.

Buhle

says:

It looks like it will be a useful tool especially once we start learning how to spell with my child. Thanks.

Mardi Bailie

says:

This will most definitely appeal to my three boys. We are on an incredible homeschooling journey and I would love to get them all onto this program, as we have now researched many and this is definitely the one we have picked.

Abby

says:

I haven’t bought the app yet, but it looks like a great resource!

Celina Lyles

says:

My kids love playing with the letter tiles!

Najat

says:

A great resource!

Jen

says:

Thank you for the helpful tips!

Gabrielle M.

says:

This is a great resource to have!

Kristin

says:

I love the idea of this app and have been able to use it well sometimes. At times it seems quite sluggish and unresponsive though. It especially seems difficult when we are trying to form new words or add letters to the existing ones. I would love to know if this is unique to our experience or more common. Currently we have been going back to using the tiles on the whiteboard.

Kimberly Gore

says:

Loving the app!

Michelle

says:

This will be wonderful for my 6th grade homeschooler!

Whitney

says:

This is great! Thanks for putting together such a great resource! Looking forward to testing it out.

Erika

says:

This looks amazing we would love it!

Brianna Goode

says:

This will be a great tool for all of my kiddos!!

Vicki Mims

says:

This is amazing. I would love to get this app when I start using All About Reading and All About Spelling. It seems like it would be way easier than keeping up with all the individual magnetic letters.

Ashley

says:

Great tips thanks

Nicole BalacDavies

says:

Hi I just love your website! So very helpful thank you

Robyn

says:

This app has so many great features! My daughter started homeschool kindergarten this year and I’m always looking for fun and engaging apps that seem like games to her but really are teaching!

Andrea

says:

We have really enjoyed the flexibility the app allows us.

Sara Pimentel

says:

This is a great blogpost for a newbie such as myself. I really think this program and this app is going to finally be the trick to getting my dyslexic daughter the tools and confidence to being the great reader I know she is destined to be.

Sally Chancellor

says:

I think I may have to get the app.

Amanda

says:

Oh this is so wonderful! Thank you for the tips and tricks! I am looking forward to using them.

Denise

says:

Very helpful. Thank you! I noticed your tiles looked larger than mine on the screen. Is there an option to make them larger?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Denise,
I’m pleased to hear you found this helpful.

The size of the tiles is fixed and related to the size of the tablet. When I first saw the video, the tiles looked big to me too, but I opened the app on my iPad mini and looked at it side-by-side with the video on my computer and they were actually the same size in relation to the tablets. I *think* maybe they look bigger in the video, at least to me, because it’s a child’s hand moving the tiles compared to my large hand.

However, do go into your tablet’s app store and find the app there. See if it has a button that says “update” or one that says “open”. If it says “update”, go ahead and click it to ensure that you have the latest update for the app. That may also be a cause of a size difference in the tiles. If it just says open, then your app is up to date.

I hope this helps but let me know if you have more questions or need more help.

Anne Jones

says:

Love this app it’s handy

Jennifer

says:

So helpful to have all tile resources in one place! Thanks

TIffany

says:

I am not finding where the cost of the app is…

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Tiffany,
You will find all the details about the app on this page, Letter Tiles app.

Lynette

says:

This app looks like a valuable learning tool.

Jessica Cummins

says:

What a fun way to learn!

Jessica Cummins

says:

I love that your child can hear the letter sound by holding down on the letter!

Megan

says:

We keep losing letter tiles and I forgot this existed! Going to give it a try with our lesson today!

Anette

says:

This app looks amazing for learning!

Alicia

says:

Now my kids are asking to do the app!

Robyn

says:

I’m going to have to get this app once we hit Level One! Looks great and convenient!

Jamie Miller

says:

Sounds like a great app! Easy to understand instructions!

Tara Marsh

says:

I love this app! It totally changed this curriculum for me making it more user friendly. Thanks for the extra tips!

Keren

says:

I’m super excited to try this app. Thanks for the helpful tips!

Ashley

says:

This looks like a wonderful design. I’ll be keeping it in mind when we get a tablet!

Ashley

says:

This app looks wonderful! Great job in designing! I’ll be keeping it in mind when we get a tablet.

Kandy Newman

says:

This is so helpful! Thank you for providing us with these tips!!

Maria

says:

I never thought we can do this to the app. Ill try it post another review.

Rebecca

says:

I am going to try this app. I think that it will be so beneficial to my third grader as we go through all about reading.

C. Bischoff

says:

Just installed this app on my iPad to use with my students. Can’t wait to see how it goes!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the app after you have used it for a few lessons!

Emma G

says:

This app looks awesome! We are using the magnetic tiles for AAR and often find the 4 yr old and 2 yr old playing with them. Speaking of the 2 yr old……he also dumped out our word cards one time. Any chance there is a word card app in the works?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Emma,
Keeping little ones from messing up the tiles is definitely a benefit of the app! I’m not aware of a word card app in the works, but I will pass along the idea.

Kristin

says:

Thanks for the reminder about the app. I need to go put it on one of our tablets.

Ana

says:

Letter Tiles App is a wonderful tool. I like switching from AAR to AAS and my daughter enjoys using the application instead of the tiles.

Lyndsey

says:

This is a great video.

Renate

says:

I love this video. It explains just what a terrific app this is. So quick and efficient compared to using the actual tiles, yet still hands on.

Nancy

says:

I love the idea of this app, especially for my older daughter who is using AAS and the actual letter tiles seem too childish for her. I know she would use the app and this would benefit her learning of the AAS program. Unfortunately we do not have any of the devices that it is accessible with. I just wanted to suggest that if it is possible, it would be great to have this as a computer download as well for those of us without the other devices.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I will pass along this suggestion. Thank you, Nancy.

Olymtmom

says:

We use the letter tiles, which I love, but haven’t used the app yet. I’ve been resisting the app because I try to limit my son’s time on electronic devices and it would be a battle I don’t enjoy going through on a daily basis. However, The app would be so useful for lessons on the go. There are many great features shown in the tips video, like the letter sounds and splitting compound words in half, that are an added bonus and provide extra teaching tools compared to using the physical tiles.

Elizabeth

says:

This is my hesitation too, but the app could be great. I’m on the fence!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Elizabeth and Olymtmom,
I have found it works very well to put the app on a tablet the kids are never allowed to play on. The only things they do with our school tablet are reading or spelling with the app, watching math videos on the streaming option our curriculum offers, and looking things up for school work such as labeling maps or encyclopedia articles. This tablet doesn’t even have games on it and it hasn’t been a problem for us at all.

Also, since AAR and AAS are designed to be done with a teacher, your child would never be left unattended with the tablet during school time. The teacher and parent use the app together. If your child would beg for games just because the tablet is brought out, I could see that being a problem, but most kids would learn quickly using this app doesn’t mean free playtime on the device.

However, the choice to use the app or physical tiles or both is up to each teacher. They are equally effective for teaching AAR and AAS.

Nicole

says:

Cute video! My children enjoy the tile app too much. :D They are always asking to play with it after our lesson is finished.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

This makes me happy, Nicole! Who would have thought kids would like to “play” by making words with tiles? But I’ve heard of lots of students that do enjoy doing it.

Maureen

says:

I use these tiles daily! Love them 💜

wenona

says:

Love the tile ap

Brittany M Nguyen

says:

Didn’t know of the app until now, but definitely looking forward to getting it now. We are loving our AAS program.

Dana M.

says:

Thank you for this blog! It’s so helpful to be able to have curriculum that is able to travel with us when we need to do school outside of home. This app makes such a difference when we are not able to use our whiteboard. Thank you for the tips and the printout.

Lisa McGarrah

says:

I’m excited to try out the app!

Sherry

says:

This would be so handy when we travel! I like that you can easily go to any lesson in either AAS or AAR.

Candace

says:

Have y’all considered a monthly giveaway for this app? I love the concept of the app but haven’t had the chance to use it.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I will pass along this idea, Candace. Thank you.

Robin Butler

says:

I’m new to this approach and these resources. I’m so excited to begin implementing this in my classroom!

Stephanie Fenton

says:

Love the convenience of the app!

Kathleen

says:

Wow! This is a great idea! I didn’t know this was available.

Nicole Jedlenski

says:

New to the program but I’m excited to try this in the near future! Sounds like a great option that is convenient and will ease my stress over kids playing with the tiles and them missing!

Nicolle

says:

Great tips! Thank you!!

Ann Jenkins

says:

How and where do you download the letter tile app? I would love to use it with my kids I
tutor..

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Ann,
Our Letter Tiles for Learning app page includes links to the Apple, Android, and Kindle app stores. It is available for purchase for most tablets.

Let me know if you need anything else.

Nicole

says:

I definitely think this will speed up the lessons!

Candie

says:

I am excited to start using this app! We have always used the physics tiles! We love AAS! I use it with my dyslexic 8 year old and I will continue it with my other kids as well.

Shontay

says:

I have never heard of this app! This would be an excellent center activity for my students. I will have to look into it!

Stacy Whitaker

says:

We love the app. It is so much easier to use with multiple kids (and the toddler can’t steal the titles!).

Megan Phillips

says:

I am just learning about the letter tiles app! We love our All About Reading: Pre Reading. Cant wait to try the AAS as well!

RaShell

says:

That was helpful. And your little assistant is so cute!

Tyne Plauche

says:

I can’t wait to try this ap with my students!

Samantha Stith

says:

I love the idea of using the app so that we can keep on with AAS even on vacation!

Annistyn Jade Corbell

says:

Would love to win! LOVE AAS!

Mary Colloms

says:

I have not used this yet, but I am going to go try to download it now. My kids would love to have a different tool to add to spelling practice!

HEATHER RICHARDSON

says:

Love the app but learned a few helpful tips I didn’t know about! Thanks for sharing!

CANDICE MORSE

says:

I am so excited to use this app. No more worry of missing manipulatives.

Elyse

says:

This app looks amazing and would be such a fantastic tool for my students!

Ashley Schmechel

says:

Such great tips! Thanks!

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