App Description

Enjoy the app that combines proven educational methods with heaps of fun and interactions just for your toddler!

Learn ABC Phonics is an easy to use app that will teach your kid (2-4) US phonics by tracing the letters. The ability to recognize letter sounds plays a key role in the process of learning to read.

Our tests showed that 2-year-olds prefer connecting dots to drawing lines. This is why our letter-tracing is in fact the dot-to-dot system. Children that young may still have trouble with deciding, where to start touching the screen - in our app, they only have to swipe through the points to connect them, regardless of where the movement began. The dots will connect as soon as your child drags the line near them, he or she does not have to be exact.

Please, bear in mind though that the letter shapes are less significant that the letter sounds. The ability to recognize letter sounds plays a key role in the process of learning to read.

This app is a part of the educational series Pen Nochio designed to help you teach your toddler to read. A Pen Nochio app signed “Extra” is an additional app, which is not strictly a part of the learning program, but will help you get the most of it. Read more about the Pen Nochio series at: http://pennochio.com/

STILL WONDERING WHY US?
- this is a fun, simple and easy to use educational app
- we spent hours on tests to ensure that our apps is fun to use for both children and their parents
- the app is specifically designed so as to suit the needs of its target users: 2- to 4-year-olds.
- our app is safe: NO ADS, NO IN-APP PURCHASES, all external links are safely locked away in the “For Parents” section protected with random swipe gestures.

PARENTS ARE IMPORTANT
We did our best to ensure that children can play the app on their own. However, we encourage you to play together with your toddler to facilitate the learning process. With your active assistance, your child will learn faster. E.g. you can monitor your toddler’s progress and choose those letters which at the time form the biggest challenge for your toddler. We are sure you will be equally excited once you green all the letters together!

HOW TO PLAY
Tap the letter you want to learn - you may begin with your child’s initials or with the most characteristic letters like x, w, s or i, the choice is up to you. Our talented voice actor will read the letter name and the sound the letter makes. A white hand will show you where to go and a system of hints will assist you along the way. The sound which the letter makes will be repeated during the tracing process to help you associate the sound with the shape. The division of letters into parts mimics the way you move your pen to write the letter.
You will notice that the letters you visited are no longer white on the menu screen. As you practise, the letters will be changing to green. The more repeats, the greener the letter!

THE SCIENCE BEHIND PEN NOCHIO
Our series of apps is rooted in scientifically proved methods of teaching kids to read - Phonemic Awareness (PA) based systems. The Report of the National Reading Panel conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) that carefully analyzed 1,962 citations on relevant studies states that:

‘Teaching children to manipulate phonemes in words was highly effective under a variety of teaching conditions with a variety of learners across a range of grade and age levels and that teaching phonemic awareness to children significantly improves their reading more than instruction that lacks any attention to Phonemic Awareness.’

Vast majority of brain functions develop during first 6 years of life. Although the chances to develop most of the cognitive abilities are not lost after that time, the ‘earlier is better than later’ principle definitely applies here.

App Screen Shots

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App Changes

January 29, 2014 New version 1.2
November 22, 2013 Price Decrease: $0.99 -> FREE!
November 13, 2013 New version 1.1
October 25, 2013 Initial Release

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