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abc PocketPhonics

abc PocketPhonics

Fall 2011 Mobile Apps
Ages: 4 - 7 yrs.
Developer: John Friend
Download Price: $2.99
Platform: iPhone/iPod Touch

A handy app for parents of children learning to write and sound out words, ABC Pocketphonics explains over sixty letter and letter combination sounds. Each letter or phoneme is pronounced by a clear voice. Children then reinforce what they’ve learned by tracing the letter or letters pronounced. The letter must be written correctly--if it is not, children will be asked to try again. Parents can choose whether their child writes in uppercase or lower letters. For older children, there is a cursive option.

The app includes a spelling activity as well. The same narrator pronounces a sound. If players do not hear the sound, they can press a button on the screen to have it pronounced again. Children must find the letter pronounced on the bottom half of the screen. The sounds form a word, which is pronounced once spelled while an image of the word appears. Parents teaching young ones to read and write will find this app very useful./p>

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