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Phonics Fun & Games

Phonics Fun & Games

Spring 2012 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Contributions From: Amy Schwary
Contributions From: Troy Vasquez
Contributions From: Alan Pierrot
Developer: Pre K Scholars
Download Price: $3.99
Platform: iPad

Phonics Fun & Games is a set of four activities focused on learning the shapes and sounds of the letters of the alphabet. "Phonics Cards" show an upper- or lower-case letter, identify the letter and its sound, and give an alliterative phrase or sentence for the letter. "Trace & Learn" presents the cards in the same way, but also guides the child through the process of tracing the shape of the letter. "Matching & Memory" is a concentration-style matching game that uses the phonics cards. "Guessing Game" has five cards for each letter; each card has three clues to a word that starts with the letter. While the first three games are appropriate for young children who are just learning the alphabet, the fourth often provides an interesting challenge for a wider range of ages, even for an already literate first grader.

This application is not as flashy as some others. The art looks retro, and the narrator sounds like a librarian or a school teacher, not an actor or a storyteller. But the content is useful, and this reviewer was surprised to find that the application appealed to a six-year-old who is used to more whiz-bang worlds. For someone looking for a good set of flash cards for a child just venturing into the world of letters, Phonics Fund and Games could fit the bill.

Emily Crawford   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Pre K Scholars
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