Product Review of Kids ABC Phonics
Kids ABC Phonics is an introductory phonics and letter recognition app that helps pre-readers take baby steps toward reading first words. This app’s simple user interface and familiar images empower pre-K and kindergarten learners — even those new to using apps — to practice phonics skills and play with letters. Initially, educators may need to assist kids with navigating the app to demonstrate how to move in and out of each game back to the main screen. After that, learners will most likely be able to use ABC Phonics independently, simply by following the clear and friendly verbal directions provided by the app’s narrators.
There are four main games here: Learn letter sounds; build letter blocks by matching the first letter sound of words to the correct letter block; pop letter bubbles by matching the phonetic sound to the right letter in the bubble; and build three-letter words. As they play, kids can learn basic phonics and apply the appropriate letter sounds to build simple words. Kids ABC Phonics also helps early readers practice letter recognition by matching the letter they identify to the proper phonetic sound in a fun bubble-popping game. Kids practice blending three letters into words in a puzzle game that helps learners make the whole-part relationship connection that words are formed from beginning, middle, and end.
Kids ABC Phonics can provide solo practice for learners who are ready to take the next steps into reading. If you have letter blocks or three-letter word puzzles similar to the ones included on this app, include them in a lesson prior to using the digital ones to help kids conceptualize the on-screen activity in concrete ways. If you have pre-K or kindergarten learners who are not familiar with educational mobile apps, walk through the four games with them while pointing out the common ways to navigate in and out of each one. In this way, Kids ABC Phonics can be a good introductory app, not only helping learners practice phonics but also teaching them how to use technology. This app can also be a useful tool for ELL learners. Depending upon your learners‘ current level of phonics skills, Kids ABC Letters (the first in the series) or Kids Learn to Read (the third) may be the more appropriate choice.
Kids ABC Phonics is the second in a series of easy and worthwhile preschool apps in Intellijoy’s reading series (and it’s much more fun and interactive than its simpler companion app, Kids ABC Letters). It gives verbal instructions from friendly narrators, along with simple choices that make it very easy for preschoolers to play. For example, the three-letter word formation game also includes a puzzle component so players can’t spell a word incorrectly — letters in the wrong place simply won’t fit into the puzzle. If your learners already have solid letter recognition skills, Kids ABC Phonics is a good choice. It’s colorful, easy to learn, and it builds pre-reading confidence.
Overall User Consensus About the App
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Curriculum and Instruction
The four fun, sticky games offer relevant activities for kids new to phonics. Each activity is concept-building toward a better understanding of how letters and phonics combine to make words readable.
There’s no formal tutorial, but the app’s main menu includes a clearly connected icon for each of the four activity choices. During the activities, the voice instructions are encouraging and clear.