Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Bamboozled by PHONICS? Read with Fonics App - Review and Giveaway

Until Mini Reviewer, Izzie, started school in September, I am a little embarrassed to admit that I was bamboozled by these "PHONICS" everyone was talking about. When I learned to read we used sight words - basically repeating the same word over and over again until we could remember it! Of course, I knew what the letter sounds were and had taught these to Izzie but that was pretty much the extent of my phonics knowledge! I now know that learning to read using phonics (sounds) is a much simpler method than using sight words as there are only 44 sounds to learn. Once these sounds are understood then most of the English language can be decoded so it gets children reading more quickly. Sounds easy, doesn't it?

Well fortunately for the most part it has been (phew!) but I am always looking for new ideas to keep learning fun and so when we were asked to review a new phonics app, I jumped at the chance!


Designed by teacher, Sophie Cooper, Read with Fonics is a fun new app to help children learn to read. It is aimed at primary school children aged 4-7 years old (Reception - Year 2). The app consists of a series of games for the different letter sounds that when completed unlock further sounds. There are four stages or worlds to complete: 1. Water World; 2. Forest World; 3. Lava Land; and finally, 4. Jelly City. The sounds in the stages get progressively harder.

Albee!
Over the past few weeks Izzie has enjoyed working her way through the different stages of the app with Albee the Alien. Initially I was concerned that the games were a little repetitive as it is the same format for each sound. However, this has not bothered Izzie in the slightest, in fact, I think it has enabled her to get to grips with the app quicker and allowed her to work through the later stages independently. The games help to improve recognition, comprehension, segmenting and blending. They consist of finding the correct sound; completing words; matching words to the correct pictures; and, in the later stages, identifying nonsense (pseudo) words from real words. The app keeps track of progress and so it has been easy to identify any areas that Izzie has found more difficult.

I have also had a little play with the app and I found it to be extremely user friendly and the games easy to follow. I particularly like that the font is very clear and the voice used has good pronunciation in UK English. My three year old has also been able to complete some of the easier games and there is this fantastic phonics song available online, which is also great for younger children:
video

Overall we have been incredibly impressed with the app and, as we approach the end of Izzie's first school year, I am pleased to say we are all getting to grips with our phonics!

Sophie wanted to create "the ultimate learn to read resource for the classroom", however she has created an app that is perfect for home use too. So if you have a child starting school this year or are a bit bamboozled by phonics, I really recommend that you take a look at the Read with Fonics website. As well as the great song, there is also a free phonics guide and resources for parents and you can of course purchase the brilliant app for £7.99. 

Now for the best bit... I have three codes for full access to the app (Google or Apple) to giveaway to three lucky readers! See below for entry details:

Read with Fonics App Giveaway

*Disclaimer: We received free access to the Read With Fonics App for the purpose of this review. All opinions are as always our own.
SuperLucky Blog Giveaway Linky

30 comments:

  1. fantastic for my daughter who's learning to read x

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  2. Such a great idea for kids
    Kay Sherman

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  3. I learned phonics in Uni and I can see this app being very useful to my kids. Oliver is starting school in September.

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  4. great prize for my grandbairns

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  5. Lindsey Martin13 June 2017 at 00:38

    I feel a little like you did about phonics. My daughter is 3 and think we'd both benefit from this app.

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  6. Oh nice! I should check it out for my son who's in Reception! Thank you for sharing! #KCACOLS

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  7. Only 44 sounds, but a lot of ways of spelling them... Izzie will have fun learning all of them in Year 1!

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  8. We attend The Story Frog phonics classes which have been really enlightening. Although my little one is still only 2.5 years, I'm interested to check out this app and develop our phonics learning further.

    #KCACOLS

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  9. Sounds really useful - and being made by teacher is always a good thing. #kcacols

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  10. We are just starting out on the journey into phonics, it's lovely when you see how quickly they can pick things up. This looks like a great app to help with their learning #readwithme

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  11. Love the idea of this and the fact it is designed by a teacher gives it more credibility. #KLTR

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  12. My eldest is learning phonics too. This app sounds great.

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  13. I've been looking for something like this for my grandson. Thanks for reviewing
    #KLTR

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  14. phonics apps are great and we've been using the free version of this :)Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time!

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  15. Would be great for my Grandson

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  16. this app sounds really good would be fab for my son

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  17. My daughter absolutely loves phonics and we were looking just yesterday for an app like this! Count me in!

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  18. This App looks very good, I am sure we would have fun reading with this!

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  19. Sounds like a great idea, would like to win for my daughter Grace. Good luck all :)

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  20. This would be perfect for my son, he is just starting to learn to read

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  21. Thanks for the competition and great prize!

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  22. My daughter starts Reception in September. This would be great for her.

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