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abc PocketPhonics Lite – Best App for Early Language Arts

abc PocketPhonics Liteabc PocketPhonics Lite – If you are working on phonics for your kids, this is the best appllication to have. This not helps with phonics but also teaches handwriting and sightwords along the way. The handwriting is forgiving so kids who can’t write perfectly can also use it until they are ready.

Better customization for the kids wth Special needs as they may need to be taught only specific skills. Also ability to add multiple users so parents with more than one kid, teachers and professionals working can use it with multiple kids.

Skills Taught: Phonics, Sight Words, Hand Writing

App Description from the developer


– Letter sounds
– Letter writing
– First words

abc PocketPhonics Lite is the FREE, cut-down version of abc PocketPhonics so you can try before you buy. It’s very quick to download, so why not spend a few minutes trying it out?

Only abc PocketPhonics follows the “synthetic phonics” teaching method – the keystone of the “Reading First” part of the “No Child Left Behind Act”. And makes it fun.

abc PocketPhonics was designed and reviewed by US and UK teachers who use phonics to teach children to read. It is primarily aimed at preschool kids and those aged up to 7. To understand the best educational practice underpinning abc PocketPhonics, order the free guide to teaching kids to read from the app.

Simply put, phonics (letter sounds) is about helping 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”

Why letter sounds (phonics)?
Letter sounds (how we say letters when we use them in words) are not the same as the letter names (what we call the letters). For instance, sound out slowly to yourself “cat”. And you can see that the sounds that make up the word are nothing like what we call the letters.

A child who knows their letter names won’t actually find that this helps them to read even simple words like “yes”. By contrast, a child who knows their letter sounds will learn to read words they’ve never seen before.

PocketPhonics Lite teaches six letter sounds. The rest are covered in the full version including over 30 letters sounds that come from combining letters together (like “sh” and “ch”), because they are key to reading so many frequently-used words.

abc PocketPhonics visually demonstrates how to write each letter. Children enjoy practising their writing by tracing the letter with their finger (similar to a Montessori classroom where children learn first to trace letters with their fingers). PocketPhonics also works with iPhone-compatible styluses.

The Lite version provides a taster of this for the first six letters.

abc PocketPhonics will also (optionally) check the accuracy of your child’s writing.

Using a unique, letter-sounds and word game, the full PocketPhonics teaches how to sound out and spell over 170 frequently-used words. There’s about 20 words in the Lite version.

The Parentzone allows you to:

– customise the app to the needs of your child through its wide range of settings
(e.g lowercase, uppercase or cursive letters; two popular handwriting styles (one is a print style) like those taught in most US schools)
– get help or give feedback
– order our free guide on teaching kids to read

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  1. January 5, 2011 at 2:22 am

    HI, I’m the developer of abc PocketPhonics. Thank you for your kind words. I’m delighted to say that the next version supports multiple users as you suggest. I’m currently testing it and it should be live in a couple of weeks. I’d be interested to hear more about your request for: “Better customization for the kids wth Special needs as they may need to be taught only specific skills.”

    Perhaps you could email me with some specifics. Thanks John Friend

    • January 5, 2011 at 5:54 am

      Thank you for adding support to multiple users. This helps parents with multiple kids or professionals.

      Regarding ‘better customization’, for example we may choose to teach only sounds of ‘a’, ‘b’ and ‘c’ first. As soon they may have mastered we are going to add ‘d’ and teach ‘b’, ‘c’ and ‘d’. Typically we don’t teach more than few sounds at a time. The current settings doesn’t allow this flexibility. There are some apps that we listed that provide this functionality which is very helpful.

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