REQUIREMENTS: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Requires iOS 3.0 or later
abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words
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iPhoneMom.com - “PocketPhonics is seriously educational and I think it’s a terrific tool for helping early readers. You can tell that a ton of thought and research was put into it and best of all, they talked and listened to teachers. It shows.”
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Uniquely, abc PocketPhonics combines in one app:
- Letter sounds
- Letter writing practice
- 170 first words
Only abc PocketPhonics follows the “synthetic phonics” teaching method - the keystone of the “Reading First” part of the “No Child Left Behind Act”.
abc PocketPhonics was designed and reviewed by US and UK teachers who use phonics to teach children to read. It is primarily aimed at preschool kids and those aged up to 7. To understand the best educational practice underpinning abc PocketPhonics, order the free guide to teaching kids to read from the app.
Of course, like all apps that best sell themselves, there’s a FREE version (“abc PocketPhonics Lite”), so you can try before you buy.
abc Pocketphonics helps children learn to read by understanding the sounds that letters make.
Why letter sounds (phonics)?
The Congressionally-mandated National Reading Panel concluded that children who have “phonics instruction read better and spell better than other children”.
Letter sounds (how we say letters when we use them in words) are not the same as the letter names (what we call the letters). For instance, sound out slowly to yourself "cat". And you can see that the sounds that make up the word are nothing like what we call the letters.
A child who knows their letter names won't actually find that this helps them to read even simple words like “yes". By contrast, a child who knows their letter sounds will learn to read words they’ve never seen before.
PocketPhonics teaches the letter sounds for the letters in the alphabet. It also teaches over 30 letter sounds that come from combining letters together (like “sh” and “ch”), because they are key to reading so many frequently-used words. Most apps only teach A to Z.
It doesn’t teach letter names at the same time as children are often confused by this.
PocketPhonics visually demonstrates how to write each letter. An obvious thing to do, but quite tricky to program (and you’ll have to look hard to find another iPhone app that does this).
Children enjoy practising their writing by tracing the letter with their finger; with a shake they can erase their old writing and try again.
PocketPhonics checks the accuracy of your child's writing (can be switched off and the tolerance varied - using the Settings option in the app's Parentzone).
170 FIRST WORDS
Using a unique, "blend letter sounds to make words" spelling game, children have fun learning to sound out and spell 170 frequently-used words.
There’s nothing else like it on the App Store.
The Parentzone allows you to:
- customise the app to the needs of your child through its wide range of settings
(e.g lowercase, uppercase or cursive letters; two popular handwriting styles like those taught in most US schools)
- get help or give feedback
- order our free guide on teaching kids to read
Bug fix for handwriting demonstration for some letters on iPad in landscape mode.
Five new word pictures.
When you upgrade, please consider taking a moment to leave a rating or review for PocketPhonics. Enter the app’s Parentzone then touch the “like this app?” button to access the App Store review screen. All feedback is much appreciated.