Dot is nearly 2 and a half, and it might seem like it's way too early for her to be learning her phonics and spellings. I am definitely not a parent that hot houses and hate the idea of pushing a child before they are ready.
However, Dot's shown that she wants to learn! With almost anything, she copies both her brother and her cousin, who are both at school. Especially her cousin! If my niece has a plait in her hair, Dot has to have the same. If she is drawing, Dot has to do the same.
This is the same with letters! My niece started school in September and has been learning her phonics and learning to read with gusto and, like many other things, Dot wants to do the same!
I decided to get out some alphabet puzzles and help her learn her letters. I never thought that she would take to it, but boy was I wrong!
She is now fluent in 20 plus phonics sounds and can point them out to you without prompting, so when I was asked if we would review a new phonics app, I had to say yes!
Read with Fonics was designed by Sophie Cooper, a primary school teacher in England. As a former LSA, who worked in both primary and secondary schools, I really liked that this app focused on positive scoring. Traditionally, students are measured out of 100% and are always shown how far from the perfect score they are.
Read with Fonics is different. Each child starts on 0 and gains points for each correct answer. Success leads to more success and as the points add up, students improve their level.
Within the app, there are 4 worlds for children to explore. Water World, Forest World, Lava Land and Jelly City.
As each sound is mastered, a new sound is unlocked to learn, encouraging children to continue learning.
What I really like is that children can learn at their own pace. There is no timer and each sound can be revisited as many times as you like, which is brilliant.
We have only looked at the first three sounds so far and revisit each one.
For each sound there are 7 different games to play, such as picking out the sound and completing a word.
As well as the app, Sophie has also created lots of free resources that can be used alongside the app. All pictures used in the app are the same used in the resources.
As I mentioned before, I used to be an LSA and so get very excited at the prospect of resources, especially if I can use my laminator. (Yes, I have my very own laminator!!)
The free resources can be found here.
I have to say that I honestly love this app. It is perfect for helping your child before they start school and for a long time after as well!
We are taking it very slowly, but I can already see that it is helping Dot learn. She has also really responded to the positive scoring and loves seeing the score bar increase each time she finishes a level :)
This is definitely an app we will be using for years to come!
The Read With Fonics app is free (there are some in app purchases) and can be downloaded from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. They can also be found on their website and also on Twitter and Facebook.
Sophie has very kindly given me three codes to giveaway for Read with Fonics for the Apple App Store.
For your chance to win, all you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
There will be three winners and the giveaway ends on the 3rd April 2017!
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Disclosure: We were given full access to the app in return for our honest opinion. All opinions are, as always, our own.