PocketPhonics is used in hundreds of schools and pre-schools and tens of thousands of homes worldwide to teach kids letter sounds, handwriting and first words. Kids, parents and teachers love it.
It's been in the App Store for nearly five years and we've spent that time continuously improving the app to accelerate kids’ learning based on teachers’ and parents’ feedback.
- "One of my children’s favorite early reading apps" NY Times
- ”There’s no denying that “abc PocketPhonics” is an amazing app. A universal app—it works with both iPhone and iPad—PocketPhonics teaches the basics of reading and writing to young kids. Most surprising? It seems to work.” 148apps.com
-“Best app for learning phonics” - iPad for Kids 2013
-Parents’ Choice Recommended Award Winner
-Editor's Choice Award 2011 from Children's Technology Review
-“If you are working on phonics for your kids, this is the best application to have.” Technology in Education
-“This app feels much like a private tutoring session for early readers with emphasis on letter sounds and writing.” everythingmom.com
-“PocketPhonics is seriously educational and I think it’s 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.” iPhoneMom.com
-“When it comes to learning apps for young learners and early readers, there is no better choice than abc PocketPhonics." ipad-applications.neiia.com
Independent research found kids learnt nine times as fast using PocketPhonics compared to a lesson in a classroom (see appsinmypocket.com/research).
** If you ever need help, please contact us from within the app or at appsinmypocket.com as we are unable to respond to reviews.**
Aimed at kids aged between 3 and 6, and using the best ‘phonics’ teaching techniques, PocketPhonics introduces kids to each of the key letter sounds. As they learn the sounds, the app shows kids how to write letters using an arrow they can follow with their finger, or stylus.
Phonics (letter sounds) help children learn to read by understanding the sounds that letters make. The Congressionally-mandated National Reading Panel concluded that “children who have phonics instruction read better and spell better than other children”. PocketPhonics aligns with the Common Core State Standards.
Letter sounds (how we say the letters when we use them in words) are not the same as the letter names (what we call the letters). Montessori & other experts recommend not including letter names when teaching letter sounds as it can confuse children by introducing too much at once. PocketPhonics focuses solely on letter sounds so children can learn to read more quickly.
PocketPhonics teaches the sounds for all the letters in the alphabet plus over 30 letter sounds like ‘sh’ and ‘ch’, because they are key to reading so many frequently-used words.
*170 First words*
Using a unique, “letter sounds make words” spelling game, children learn how to sound out and spell over 170 frequently used words.
*Designed with and tested by teachers*
PocketPhonics follows the ‘Synthetic phonics’ teaching method - the keystone of the “Reading First” part of the “No Child Left Behind Act”.
To understand the best educational practice underpinning PocketPhonics, order the FREE GUIDE to teaching kids to read from the app.
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Buying PocketPhonics for school? See appsinmypocket.com/school
*PocketPhonics puts you in control*
From within the app, you can:
- Customise it to the needs of each child through its wide range of settings (e.g. lowercase, uppercase, or cursive letters; two popular handwriting styles like those taught in most US schools)
- Get help