Read with Fonics App Review

I have been looking forward to writing this post for a little while. I was contacted a couple of months ago to see if the girls and I would like to review a new learning App not even out yet! Errrr…. YES! I do understand that many people feel technology is taking over our lives and that we should perhaps limit the amount of it we allow our children to be exposed to it. Sorry but I don’t and I won’t be persuaded otherwise. For me I believe it is an unavoidable aspect of life now whether we like it or not. We should embrace it for the sake of our children. Even waitresses don’t use an old fashioned note book and pen anymore.  In our house there isn’t anything Hubby and I won’t turn to technology for to make life easier. Even our lights are controlled by our phones now.

Why use an App for learning?

So why not encourage the girls to learn through writing? Well I do. Ellie is actually very good at writing her name and she likes to practice all the time. We have wipe clean work books and non permanent markers that can be used and she loves it. But I find, and I know she does too, that it is a very two dimensional method of learning. Perhaps if I had a teaching back ground that wouldn’t be the case. The joys of using an App for me is it incorporates the learning of technology along with the subject matter. In this instance phonics.

Read with Fonics App

So down to this App, Read with Fonics. Initial impressions are really good. It has an eye catching monster (of the nice variety) as it’s button logo. This is Albee the Alien and he helps and encourages the kids throughout the game. The app is very quick to load which is a huge blessing. So many take a while to fire up and toddlers and preschoolers are not famous for their patience.  The basis of this is to learn through levels. A bit like the traditional platform games. In each level there are mini ‘missions’ to complete. Once you have completed one you can move onto the next.  The levels available are Water World, Forest World, Lava Land and Jelly City

Read With Fonics App - Review. An app available on IOS, Android and Google Play to help children learn phonics. Helps with language, hand to eye coordination and speech. Read With Fonics App - Review. An app available on IOS, Android and Google Play to help children learn phonics. Helps with language, hand to eye coordination and speech.

It starts with the letter ‘A’ (very appropriate) in Water World. There are 7/8 sections or games to complete of varying difficulty before you can move onto the next letter. Firstly all the ‘A’s’ must be found. Then it moves onto dragging the letter into a word where it is missing. It is all very basic and age appropriate. The words are things like ‘cat’, ‘bat’ and ‘mat’.

Read With Fonics App - Review. An app available on IOS, Android and Google Play to help children learn phonics. Helps with language, hand to eye coordination and speech. Read With Fonics App - Review. An app available on IOS, Android and Google Play to help children learn phonics. Helps with language, hand to eye coordination and speech.

How did we get on?

All of this Ellie (aged 4) was more than capable of completing by herself. There is one game that she needs help with and that is where you find the right word for the right picture. This is where my limited knowledge of phonics has come in handy. I say each work phonetically ‘B-E-D’ and then I let her tell me if that is the word she is looking for, or if she knows where it should go.

Read With Fonics App - Review. An app available on IOS, Android and Google Play to help children learn phonics. Helps with language, hand to eye coordination and speech. Read With Fonics App - Review. An app available on IOS, Android and Google Play to help children learn phonics. Helps with language, hand to eye coordination and speech.

When you compete all the tasks for each letter the yellow level fills up the letter. The less errors made in that letter the more yellow you get. After about 5 letters Ellie worked this out for herself and now tried her hardest to get everything right so her letter can be all yellow.  I think she has inherited her Daddy’s competitive streak.  She even went back over some of the letters to try and get a better score.

Verdict

This app if brilliant. I am well aware there are plenty of learning apps out there, we even have a few of them. Each have their own merits but here are 5 reasons I recommend getting this phonics App over many of the others.

  1. It is simple. So many apps these days are bold and noisy. Whilst this is great I find the girls get very distracted from any task they need to complete. Plus after a while I get fed up of hearing the same piece of music for the 4657590 time. With not music and no unnecessary graphics Ellie focused on this for a long time.
  2. It’s fun. This might seem contradictory from the point above but it isn’t. There is enough to look at and do to make it fun.
  3. I can help. I am no expert in phonics and like many people I know this is only something i have even heard of since having children. Nothing in here is so complicated I can’t help. There is a sound button to the top left so mid way through a game, if you need a reminder of the letter you are working on or how to say it phonetically you can push this to find out.
  4. It is ‘real’ learning. From what I understand children learn through play. I believe there is food for thought that role play should be available in schools until year 2 at least. Whilst I do 100% agree with this I am very conscious of the fact that Ellie is about to start school which brings with it more structured learning. This is a really good stepping stone to the structured and progressive learning kids encounter at school.
  5. It uses positive scoring. I didn’t really know what this was before. Negative scoring is when things are given a mark, such as out of 100%. This App rewards with stars. You can’t move on without all the starts but only progress can actually be seen and measured.

Read With Fonics App - Review. An app available on IOS, Android and Google Play to help children learn phonics. Helps with language, hand to eye coordination and speech. Read With Fonics App - Review. An app available on IOS, Android and Google Play to help children learn phonics. Helps with language, hand to eye coordination and speech.

If I were to pick one thing as a negative it was the fact that you had to complete all of the games in one go to unlock the next level. This is a very minor issue and was just something that took some getting used to. Ellie is very used to navigating back to the main menu of games but once you do your progress for that letter is lost and you need to start again from the beginning. See, not a major issue. As soon as we realised this Ellie was able to make the decision to finish the task before stopping or knowing she would have to do it all again next time.  It is only 7 or 8 tasks so it isn’t too bad.

Where can you get it?

Read with Fonics was founded by Sophie, a primary school teacher so you can be sure it is based on the educational requirements of children.

It is available on Google Play, Apple IOS and Amazon.

*I was provided with the app in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own.

Kirsty

Read With Fonics App - Review. An app available on IOS, Android and Google Play to help children learn phonics. Helps with language, hand to eye coordination and speech.

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13 Comments

  1. March 23, 2017 / 10:54 am

    This looks great! There are so many annoying, loud “educational” apps about that I don’t think are all that educational, but this genuinely looks like it would really help kids learn to read. Very thorough review too. #SharingTheBlogLove

    • Winnettes
      March 24, 2017 / 9:36 am

      Honestly it is great and much of that is because it concentrates on the education not the noises and colours. Hugely recommend this, I genuinely do x

  2. March 23, 2017 / 11:22 am

    Children definitely learn through play, so apps like this are great. I totally agree that tech is unavoidable in modern society and children need far more than the basic grasp of it than has gotten us by! As they grow, tech is going to be more and more important and become more of a vital part of every day life. If there’s one thing I wish I’d spent more time learning about, it’s tech! I’ll be looking out for this app! #stayclassymama

    • Winnettes
      March 24, 2017 / 9:35 am

      I 100% agree. We really need to get on top of it all for their sake.

  3. March 23, 2017 / 11:36 am

    This looks fab! My girls are just getting to grips with the iPad, they love it! #coolmumclub

  4. March 23, 2017 / 11:56 am

    I will also be reviewing this app – been away on vacay so I haven’t downloaded it yet. I’m glad to hear your kids enjoyed it. We are looking forward to getting into it ourselves!
    ~Jess
    #StayClassyMama

  5. March 23, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    Oh this looks fantastic…Tigs is learning phonics at the moment in year R so she’d love this.
    Thanks so much for linking to #coolmumclub

  6. March 24, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    This sounds great – you won me over with the ‘no music’ aspect! Max loves his tablet and is just starting to get into games now, so something educational like this will be brilliant. It’s a bit beyond him at the moment, but he’s about to move up to pre-school (how did that happen?!) and they start on phonics, so I think it’ll be no time before it’s something he could get to grips with. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  7. March 24, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    As you say, technology is the way of the world now, and our children don’t know a world without it, so educational apps like this are great. My kids are a bit older so we have to have strict rules on the ipads otherwise they really would be on them the whole time, but apps like this to help them learn are never a bad thing. #KCACOLS

  8. March 27, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    This looks really good actually. I don’t give my kids much screen time and until very recently they never played with this kind of app but now that they are starting to read it seems appropriate to let them try it. Thank you for sharing with #StayClassyMama

  9. March 28, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    Alice is just starting to have some time with a tablet and I’ve been downloading a couple of educational apps for her. This one looks like it would be a good one for her too. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  10. March 30, 2017 / 7:50 am

    This looks like a great app. My youngest is 4 and I think I need to start doing a bit of work with him on phonics to prepare him for school so will look into this.

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday x

  11. April 7, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    This looks like such a great app. I love how you can fill in the missing letter to create/finish simple words. It looks quite easy to use too, which is always super important. Thank you for sharing with the #DreamTeam

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