#Blogtober18 Day 5 – Read with Phonics App Review

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.

Age Groups

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.

read with phonics

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.





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43 thoughts on “#Blogtober18 Day 5 – Read with Phonics App Review

  1. Sounds like a great app. It’s very reasonbly priced too.
    1. Totally. It really helps little ones learn. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  2. Loojs a fantastic app very educational thanks for hosting #dreamteam
    1. Totally. It really helps. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  3. Love the graphics! #DreamTeam
    1. It is a great app. Thanks for joining the #DreamTeam
  4. That app looks really good! I remember when we were comPlete beginners at phonics.... it can be so tricky and something like this would pUt so many parents minds at ease. Thanks for being a fab #dreamteam host xx
    1. It is really great. Definitely has helped my little boy. #DreamTeam
  5. I will have to give this a try with my grandson.
    1. Yes do. My mum always does it with my girls and it really helps her with getting the phonics sounds right when she is trying to help them. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  6. So many ways for children to learn these days and when it comes to apPS I know so little so always good to learn more myself and this looks fun #DreamTeam
    1. It really is fun and they love it. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  7. Wow looks really lovely and anything to help little ones learn is great, i will have alook out for this one #dreamteam
    1. It really is very good. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  8. This looks like a great app for little children. Thanks for the review. #dreamteam
    1. Totally. It really helps. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  9. Phonics was a game change when our kids were young. this app would have been great for them then! #dreamteam
    1. Totally. It really helps. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  10. This app looks really good, my little one is only 1 and a half but will DEFINITELY be on the look out for apps like this in the future! will keep it in mind. #dreamteam
    1. My girls are 3 and they have just started using it so you definitely have some time, but I know I wish I had started younger with my son who is now 5 and finding it all quite hard. My girls literally just think of it as fun. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  11. Thank you for sharing this, It looks Great! I'm. Going to look into this for Stanley, he's got a grasp of basic phonics but actually getting him to sit down and work on them is another thing, he has the attention span of a goldfish. I think an app 'GAME' would appeal to him. #DreamTeam
    1. Honestly it is really good. My girls ask to play it and at least I can get my son to look at it which is more than can be said for his reading books from school ;) Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  12. My kids are a bit old for this now and we used phonics books which i love. i wish we had apps like this then x #dreamteam
    1. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam this week
  13. This looks great and fun - my daughter is in year 1 so this looks perfect for her reading #dreamteam
    1. My son is year one and it is definitely helping him. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  14. Worth knowing now I'm a Grandma. Things have changed so much. Will have to get this ap. #dreamteam
    1. My mum has added it to her phone too so that my girls can use it at her house too! Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  15. This sounds really interesting and worth taking note of as my daughter has just started school this year so learning to read is just around the corner for us. Thank you for the endorsement! #dreamteam
    1. It is a really good app! Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  16. They really resond well to learning on apps. i wish we had this when we were younger!
    1. I know it is a great way for them to learn. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  17. Hey Kirsty, This is the kind of app i like my kinder to play with! My little might even start to like reading more. I will look it up! xoxo Thank you! #dreamteam
    1. I think it is really great. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  18. I'd love this app to secure my daughter's knowledge of phonics and to begin to introduce it to my youngest #dreamteam
    1. It is really good! Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  19. Looks pretty handy, ill look into! #dReamteam
    1. It really helps. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  20. This is great for kids who are just starting out and want to learn about sight words #dreamteam.
    1. Totally. It really helps. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  21. This app looks so fantastic! #DreamTeam
  22. My 7 year old would LOve this! Such a clever & engaging idea #DreamTeam
    1. It is a great app

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