Tuesday, October 18, 2011

ABC Pocket Phonics

Price: $2.99 (free Lite version)
Grade Recommendation: PreK - 2nd
Subject: Reading
Specific Skill: Phonics
Levels: N/A
Players: 1
For iPad, iPod, or Both: Both

This app would make a good addition to classrooms where students could benefit from simple phonics practice.

Begin in the settings folder - change the handwriting style (D'Nealian or Zaner-Bloser) and lowercase, uppercase, or cursive. You can also select from United States or United Kingdom letter sounds.

Students have a choice between two games - 'Letter sounds and writing' or a 'Word game'.

Letter sounds and writing - The app reads a letter and gives its sound. It also shows users how to write the letter. It then instructs the student to say the letter's sound and encourages them to use their pointer finger to trace the letter.

Word game - The app says one letter sound at a time. Students have to select the letter(s) that's making that sound. The process continues until a word is spelled. Instant feedback is given. Students have the option of having the sound repeated as many times as necessary.

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