Day 5 of #Blogtober is all about education on #worldteachersday So I thought I would share my review of the Read with Phonics App. We were gifted a subscription to the Read with Phonics app in return for trialing the product and writing an honest review. We have been using the app for a couple of weeks now and I can honestly say that we love it!
Read with Phonics was created by a teacher who spotted a gap in the market for an app that teaches phonics to children in a fun and progressive way, but one that works alongside school teaching rather than doing things in a different way. The Read with Phonics app is available on iOS, Google Play and Amazon App Stores and you can unlock all stages for £7.99. There are over 1200 words and pictures in the app and it develops reading skills using all 44 phonetic sounds.
I have found it great both for me complete beginner preschoolers and my year one child who has been finding reading challenging. The app takes the child through the 44 sounds of the English language by progressing through 4 colourful worlds. The way that the app teaches the child is really similar to the way that they are taught in school. You can really see that this was created by a teacher. I have found that fact that it is works alongside school teaching to be really useful with my son who is finding reading hard. It has really been helping to build his confidence as it progresses steadily so he is always achieving. I will say that he probably finds it less fun than his younger sisters, but he is very happy to do anything which means more screen time! This is great for getting him to do his reading practice. It can be a struggle to get him to sit down and practice, but if I show him the iPhone then he is all in. Anything that stops learning being a battle gets my vote.
My preschoolers who are three have also been using this app. They are just at the point of starting to recognise some sounds and letters and have loved using this app to develop this. It has been amazing for me to see them being able to identify the sounds as they are read out. What I like about it is that it starts off very simply, but then moves into more complex ideas such as blending and segmenting. The girls love the idea of the Alien and they want to make him happy.
How it works
The app goes through each sound one by one and starts with the child identifying the same sound several times amongst a group of random sounds. So for example they hear the sound of ‘a’ and then they have to click on that letter several times. Each time the child gets something correct the alien gives a little cheer and they can also see that they are filling up the bar on the right hand side of the screen. Once it is full they have completed that sound and the next one unlocks. It is totally intuitive and my 3 year olds were able to use it without help on the first attempt so they were delighted with themselves
Everything in read with phonics everything is bright and colourful. The characters and the four worlds are really appealing to children. My girls are a little bit in love with the alien character I think. It looks fun from the start so they are inclined to have a go and my kids certainly were not disappointed.
One of the things I really like about the app is that although it is a ‘game’ and the kids are having fun whilst they learn it has been kept pretty simple. There isn’t lots of music and animation flying everywhere. I don’t think this detracts from their enjoyment of the experience, but I think it definitely helps them to be able to concentrate.
All in all I really liked this app and really feel like it is going to benefit my children and help the younger ones to get a head start on reading as well as supporting my younger son with getting these phonic sounds locked in so that he can really start to fly with this reading. Learning to read at school is all built around phonics so I think that this can only help. We will certainly be carrying on using this app. My kids are always pestering me to use electronic devices and now that we have this app I am happier to say yes.