abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words
- Category: Education
- Released date: 12/07/2008
- Current Version: 1.9
- Seller: Apps in My Pocket Ltd
- Recommended Age: 4+
- Download Size: 74474749
- Last Update: 07/22/2011
- Requirements: All
”There’s no denying that “abc PocketPhonics” is an amazing app. A universal app—it works with both iPhone and iPad—PocketPhonics teaches the basics of reading and writing to young kids. Most surprising? It seems to work.” 148apps.com
Letter sounds. Handwriting. First words. abc PocketPhonics teaches all three. Kids, parents and teachers love it. That’s why it’s a best-seller.
Using the best ‘phonics’ teaching techniques, abc PocketPhonics introduces kids to each of the key letter sounds. As they learn the sounds, the app guides them how to write each letter through the unique follow-me arrow making it easy for kids to learn to correctly form letters. There’s nothing else like it in the app store.
★What experts say★
➜“If you are working on phonics for your kids, this is the best application to have.” Technology in Education
➜“This app feels like you have a teacher or a tutor working with your child one on one.” pragmaticmom.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.” iPhoneMom.com
We've also had coverage in the Wall Street Journal, theweek.com and more than 20 other media outlets.
★Designed and tested by teachers★
Only abc PocketPhonics follows the ‘Synthetic phonics’ teaching method - the keystone of the “Reading First” part of the “No Child Left Behind Act”. PocketPhonics is designed and tested by teachers who use phonics in the classroom and is primarily aimed at pre-school kids and those aged up to seven.
To understand the best educational practice underpinning abc PocketPhonics, order the FREE GUIDE to teaching kids to read from the app.
Simply put, phonics (letter sounds) help children learn to read by understanding the sounds that letters make. The Congressionally-mandated National Reading Panel concludes that “children who have phonics instruction read better and spell better than other children”.
PocketPhonics teaches the letter sounds for all of the letters in the alphabet. Most apps only teach the names of the letters in the alphabet, not their sound. Letter sounds (how we say the letters when we use them in words) are not the same as the letter names (what we call the letters). Experts recommend not including letter names when teaching synthetic phonics as it can confuse children by introducing too much information at once. For that reason PocketPhonics doesn’t teach letter names at the same time, so children can learn to read more quickly.
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.
PocketPhonics visually demonstrates how to write each letter. Children enjoy practicing their writing by tracing the letter with their finger on the screen (similar to a Montessori classroom where children learn first to trace letters with their fingers). PocketPhonics works with iPhone-compatible styluses.
PocketPhonics will also check the accuracy of your child’s writing (can be switched off and the tolerance varied – using the settings in the Parentzone).
★170 First words★
Using a unique, “letter sounds make words” spelling game, children learn how to sound out and spell over 170 frequently used words.
The Parentzone allows you to:
✔ Customise the app to the needs of your child through its wide range of settings (e.g. lower case, upper case, or cursive letters; two popular handwriting styles like those taught in most American schools)
✔ Get help or feedback
✔ Order our free guide on teaching kids to read
Give your child a head start – buy abc PocketPhonics now