What's NewThis update improves support for:
â for iPhone 5 and iPad mini
â has various other minor fixes and improvements;
After youâve you downloaded the new version, please consider taking a moment to leave a rating or review for abc PocketPhonics. Enter the appâs Parentzone then touch the âif you like this appâ button to access the App Store review screen. All feedback is much appreciated.
App Descriptionâ148apps.com: âthereâs no denying that âabc PocketPhonicsâ is an amazing app. A universal appâit works with both iPhone and iPadâPocketPhonics teaches the basics of reading and writing to young kids. Most surprising? It seems to work.â
âTechnology in Education: âIf you are working on phonics for your kids, this is the best application to have.â
âWall Street Journal: âboy won't put down his mom's iPhone, where she's downloaded "abc PocketPhonics."â
âpragmaticmom.com: âThis app feels like you have a teacher or a tutor working with your child one on one.â
âiPhoneMom.com: âPocketPhonics is seriously educational and I think itâs 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.â
â Editor's Choice Award 2011 from Children's Technology Review
abc PocketPhonics Lite is the FREE, cut-down version of abc PocketPhonics so you can try before you buy.
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Uniquely, the full version of abc PocketPhonics combines in one app:
â Letter sounds
â Letter writing
â 170 first words
Only abc PocketPhonics follows the âsynthetic phonicsâ teaching method - the keystone of the âReading Firstâ part of the âNo Child Left Behind Actâ. And makes it fun.
Designed and reviewed by US and UK teachers who use phonics to teach children to read. It is primarily aimed at preschool kids and those aged up to 7. To understand the best educational practice underpinning abc PocketPhonics, order the free guide to teaching kids to read from the app.
â LETTER SOUNDSâ
Helps children learn to read by understanding the sounds that letters make. The Congressionally-mandated National Reading Panel concluded that children who have âphonics instruction read better and spell better than other childrenâ.
Letter sounds (how we say letters when we use them in words) are not the same as the letter names (what we call the letters). For instance, sound out slowly to yourself "cat". And you can see that the sounds that make up the word are nothing like what we call the letters.
A child who knows their letter names won't actually find that this helps them to read even simple words like âyes". By contrast, a child who knows their letter sounds will learn to read words theyâve never seen before.
PocketPhonics Lite teaches six letter sounds. The rest are covered in the full version including over 30 letters sounds that come from combining letters together (like âshâ and âchâ), because they are key to reading so many frequently-used words.
â LETTER WRITINGâ
abc PocketPhonics visually demonstrates how to write each letter. Children enjoy practising their writing by tracing the letter with their finger (similar to a Montessori classroom where children learn first to trace letters with their fingers). PocketPhonics also works with iPhone-compatible styluses.
The Lite version provides a taster of this for the first six letters.
PocketPhonics checks the accuracy of your child's writing (can be switched off and the tolerance varied - using the Settings option in the app's Parentzone).
â FIRST WORDSâ
Using a unique, letter-sounds and word game, the full PocketPhonics teaches how to sound out and spell over 170 frequently-used words. Thereâs about 20 words in the Lite version.
Thereâs nothing else like it on the App Store.
â PocketPhonics puts you in controlâ
Using the app, you can:
â Customise it to the needs of your child through its wide range of settings (e.g. lowercase, uppercase, or cursive letters)
â Get help or give feedback
â Order our free guide on teaching kids to read
December 29, 2012 New version v2.1
October 07, 2012 New version 2.02
March 22, 2012 New version 2.01
December 19, 2011 New version 2.0
June 30, 2011 New version 1.9
January 19, 2009 Initial Release