abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words
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DescriptionIndependent research found kids learnt nine times as fast using PocketPhonics compared to a lesson in a classroom (see appsinmypocket.com/research).
”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
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Letter sounds. Handwriting. First words. PocketPhonics teaches all three. Kids, parents and teachers love it. That’s why it’s a best-seller.
Aimed at kids aged between 3 and 6, and using the best ‘phonics’ teaching techniques, 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 its unique follow-me arrow making it easy to learn how to correctly form letters. There’s nothing else like it in the app store.
★What experts say★
➜ Parents’ Choice Recommended Award Winner
➜ Editor's Choice Award 2011 from Children's Technology Review
➜“If you are working on phonics for your kids, this is the best application to have.” Technology in Education
➜“This app feels much like a private tutoring session for early readers with emphasis on letter sounds and writing.” everythingmom.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
➜“When it comes to learning apps for young learners and early readers, there is no better choice than abc PocketPhonics." ipad-applications.neiia.com
We've also had coverage in the WSJ, theweek.com and more than 20 other media outlets.
★Designed with and tested by teachers★
Only PocketPhonics follows the ‘Synthetic phonics’ teaching method - the keystone of the “Reading First” part of the “No Child Left Behind Act”.
To understand the best educational practice underpinning PocketPhonics, order the FREE GUIDE to teaching kids to read from the app.
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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”.
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). Montessori & other experts recommend not including letter names when teaching letter sounds as it can confuse children by introducing too much at once. PocketPhonics focuses solely on letter sounds so children can learn to read more quickly. (See our DotToDot numbers & letters for letter names and alphabetical order).
PocketPhonics teaches the sounds for all the letters in the alphabet plus over 30 letter sounds 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 following the on-screen arrow tracing the letter with their finger (Montessori kids 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.
★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.
★PocketPhonics puts you in control★
Using the app, you can:
✔ Customise it 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
What's New in Version 2.1This update is:
✔ for iPhone 5 and iPad mini
✔ has various other minor fixes and improvements;
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