The new phonic based learning application available on Google Play and coming to iTunes soon!
- Read: learn the correct 44 phonic sounds of the English language
- Write: learn to write the letters of the English alphabet
- Phonics: learn how to blend the phonic sounds to form words
Our App teaches children the 44 phonic sounds of the English language, the letters and letter combinations which represent them, how the basic phonic sounds are blended together to form words, and how to write the letters of the alphabet by tracing dotted letter forms.
Read Write Phonics has been designed with teaching children in mind; clear and simple flash cards are used, the font is the popular Sassoon Infant font developed especially for children’s first books and traditional learning aids and the navigation is simple and intuitive, children from as young as 3 can manipulate the App.
The App has a very clean design, there are no distracting images on the letter or phonic sound cards, your child can focus on learning the sounds and learning how to form letters. The example word cards in the read section each use one simple bright image to prompt your child with the meaning.
Children tap and swipe their way through the 44 sounds, each with an example word, learn to make the sounds themselves, how to blend sounds to form words and how to write the letters.
The three sections of the Application are all accessible straight for the home screen: Read Write and Phonics.
More details of each section are shown below;
The aim of the read section of our App is to introduce children to the correct individual the phonic sounds (phonemes) and the letters and popular letter combinations that represent them (graphemes).
This first step is the one we wanted to make sure that our son took correctly, we wanted to be sure that he was making the correct sounds, after struggling to find a reliable accessible source we decided to make one ourselves.
The read menu groups the 44 phonic sounds into 5 groups, three of the 5 are based on how the consonant sounds are made and the last 2 are short and long vowels sounds. Each group contains multiple flash cards.
Children learn the phonic sounds, represented by each card, by listening to and repeating the sounds. The letter cards then animate into example words, listening and repeating the example words will reinforce how the phonic sounds form part of the word.
As the child grows more confident they can make the sound before the App and listen to check their pronunciation and enforce their learning. Tapping the screen or the speaker button will play the sounds and words again and tapping the redo button will start at the letter again if on the example word. To move through the flash cards use the forward and back arrows.
Once at the end, shown by the progress bar, tap the home key to go back to the read menu.
The aim of the write section is to introduce forming written letters in an easy accessible fun way with some instant reward. The Write menu groups the letters of the alphabet into 4 groups. The letters in each group are traced by the cartoon pencil as an example first, this will then fade to allow the child to try.
A hand will appear and point to the start dot to tell the child it is their turn, the hand will reappear if the child forgets the second stroke on f, k, t or x and to prompt the child to dot the i and the j.
The child can then use their finger to trace letter and will be awarded upto 3 stars for their effort. The score is based on accuracy and smoothness of the line, a very jittery line covering every dot will score worse than a smooth line just missing one or two dots.
The star scoring has been achieved by carefully balancing the marking of the distance travelled by the finger, the distance from each dot, and the distance between zones around each dot. To see the animation example and try tracing again tap the redo button. To move through the cards use the forward and back arrows.
The phonics section is key to the App, this is the second step after the read section and like the read section is a big part of why we developed the “read write phonics” App.
The aim here is to introduce children to the concept of blending sounds (phonemes) together to form words, and thereby how to read! The phonics menu groups example words into small words; two and three letter, mostly CVC (consonant vowel consonants) words, and big words, four letters and above.
This section of the App makes very good use of touch screen technology and is why, we think, our App is better than some traditional phonic resources.
Tapping the speaker button plays the word in full, tapping the individual letters or letter groups (graphemes) plays the individual sounds, and now for the clever bit; swiping or stroking through the word plays the individual sounds one after the other, swiping through the words faster blends the sounds together into the word. As the sounds of the individual letters play the letters pulse then fade to show which letters the sounds relate to. This is a great way for children to experience blending sounds to form words, importantly with the correct sounds.
The three methods of hearing sounds within the phonics section; hearing the words; in full, by individual phonemes, and one after the other quickly, give children a great understanding of how to read and how letters and letter groups form words. The process can be done in either order, blending up to a full word, or full word then slowly swiping, then tapping to segment the word down into its individual phonemes.
To move through the different words use the forward and back arrows and the menu button to return to the phonics menu.
Our newest app 300 High Frequency Words is a great interactive way to teach your child to recognise and read the first 300 high frequency words of the English language. These are the common words such as: the, and, said, he, I, be, they, go, etc etc. Some of these words are decodable using phonics but some have to be learnt as “Sight” or Red” words. Giving your child a way to quickly learn these will enable them to read more challenging books more quickly. Tapping the screen voices the word in a soft English accent.
300 High Frequency Words is split into 8 manageable sets of words starting at the most common words moving through to the least common.
Within each set the words are shown in a different order each time the app is used, this ensures that your child cannot simply learn the order of the words.
300 High Frequency words can be used by a child alone tapping each word to hear it and then tapping the arrow to move through to the next one learning the words at their own pace.
Parents can the use the app in a similar way to traditional flash cards to support learning and test your child’s knowledge. Ask them to read the word then tap the word to confirm or correct, then move to the next.
Once a child grows in confidence you can see how quickly they can move through each set of words timing and offering rewards for shorter and shorter times. The quicker they can move through the set the sooner they will be able to use the knowledge in reading and enjoying books.
The 300 High Frequency Words are the same words found in Appendix 7 of the Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics document produced by the UK Department for Education and commonly used in UK schools.
This is a lovely review by Tasha at Wahm Bam, its taken me some time to post it but it was very thorough and deserves to be included with the others!
A lovely Read Write Phonics App Review
Foundations Maths is a new children’s maths application available on Google Play that supports the UK School Curriculum Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Suitable for children aged 3 to 6 and voiced with a lovely soft English accent giving positive verbal encouragement throughout.
Foundations Maths includes 500 maths questions across 4 skill levels in 8 topic areas
- Sums can be read out loud with a tap of the speaker button
- Help in each section is given with a tap of the help button
Eight Topic Areas to Learn:
- Learn the Numbers: learn the operator symbols and the numbers 1 to 30 with fruit to count
- Learn to Count: Random fruit are shown and the child counts and picks the right number
- Number Patterns: Children find the missing number in a sequence of 5 numbers
- Write the Numbers: Learn to correctly form the numbers 1 – 9 by tracing dotted number forms
- Addition: Learn to add two numbers together
- Subtraction: Children learn to take one number from another
- Multiplication: One number multiplied by another
- Division: One number divided by another
Four Levels to Progress Through:
- Beginner: Simple questions with illustrations to help young children and answers up to 10
- Intermediate: Questions with answers up to 20
- Advanced: Questions with answers up to 30
- Genius: Algebra questions, the answer is given the child finds the missing part of the question.
Foundation Maths supports the following early years learning goals:
- Counting and using numbers to at least 10 in familiar contexts
- Recognising numerals 1 to 9
- Beginning to understand addition as ‘combining’ two groups of objects
- Beginning to understand subtraction as ‘taking away’
- Using early mathematical ideas to solve practical problems.
Foundation Maths also supports the following Key Stage 1 learning outcomes:
- Use the correct language, symbols and vocabulary associated with number and data
- Count reliably up to 20 objects at first and recognise, be familiar with the numbers 11 to 20; gradually extend counting.
- Create and describe number patterns; explore and record patterns related to addition and subtraction, and then patterns of multiples of 2, 5 and 10 explaining the patterns and using them to make predictions; recognise sequences, including odd and even numbers to 30 then beyond; recognise the relationship between halving and doubling.
- Use the symbol ‘=’ to represent equality; solve simple missing number problems [for example, 2 + ? = 6 ]
We hope you enjoy Foundation Maths and you find it useful in teach your children some basic maths skills, if you have any suggestions or queries we would love to hear from you!
Read with Phonics is our new i-Tunes App to teach your child the 44 phonic sounds of the English language and give them over 100 words to practice reading. The App is very intuitive; if your child is not sure of the word they can tap the letters to hear the correct sound or swipe through all the letters to hear the word in full!
Read with Phonics is in two stages: Stage One includes simple single letter sounds and simple CVC practice words like “cat” “dog” and “pen”. Stage Two includes more complex sounds and four and five letter practice words with multiple letter phonemes, like “duck” “meet” and “queen”. Each stage has two sections:.
Learn the Sounds: learn the correct phonic sounds of the English language!
Practice Words: Over 100 words to read, tap and swipe if you get stuck!
Each stage has four groups:
s a t p i n
d m o g r e
c f h w l b
v z j y u
k sh ai th ee ch
qu igh oa ow oi or
ck ng oo ar air ear
th si er oo ur ure
The app progresses as your child does; work through the groups of phonemes build and consolidate knowledge as they go with the practice words.
Learn by doing; the most effective way to learn, tap and swipe through the App listening to the correct sounds and blending the sounds into words.
Clear and simple flash cards system with simple intuitive navigation.
Clear Sassoon font developed especially for children’s first books and traditional learning aids.
Focused learning without distraction.
Move through the App using the arrow keys, the speaker button replays sounds the redo button restarts animation and the home key takes you up a menu level.
The Learn the Sounds sections contain a flash card for each of the 44 sounds, showing the letter or letter combination which represent them. Once the sound has played wait for the letter/s to flip into an example word, tapping the speaker button plays the sound or word again.
The Practice Words sections includes over 100 words for children to read themselves. Tapping the speaker button plays the full word, tapping each letter or letter combination pays the phonic sound. Swiping or stroking through the word plays the word in full.
Note; the ck sound has been included three times with cards, c, ck, and k all making the same phonic sound. qu and x also included for completeness but are actually consonant blends (k + w) and (k + s). The letters and letter combinations chosen for Read with Phonics are the most common ones and the ones taught first for example “ee” in “bee” instead of “y” in “many”
If you would like to get in touch please contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet https://twitter.com/#!/readwritephonic
The comments people leave about Read Write Phonics on Google Play are important, they cannot be altered by the developers and they cannot be answered by the developers. They are just about as independent as you can get, and as such they are taken seriously by people browsing the store.
That is why were were very pleased to get this one;
“My son just turned 2.5 so I thought he may be too young for this app, however he LOVES it! It’s his first choice of app to play on my phone and is already learning a lot and we’ve had it less than a week. I’ve not noticed any glitches or force closes. I feel really positive that both my toddlers will learn a lot from this app”.
Here is a link to it on Google Play; Great Comment about Read Write Phonics on Google Play
We hope you enjoy it as much, and please let us know!
It has on the whole been a mixed bag for Phonics so far this week. There has been a lot of debate, and some balanced views which are good. Like the good basic piece on the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18493436 that gives both sides and some good history around the various methods of teaching reading.
There have been some lively debates, like this one on the Today programme with both sides clearly feeling they have right approach, one side feeling patronised by the other; http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9729000/9729158.stm
My dissapointment this week is that some parties are attacking the phonics method as a proxy for attacking the governments view that Phonics is the only method that should be used. Some parents will be left with the view that Phonics in general is not a good idea, or worse in some s not proper teaching.
On a more positive note; my son made some great progress this week and read the first two, and part of the third Usboure very first reading books himself, well his page anyway. These are great books where the parent reads one page and the adult reads the next. http://www.usborne.com/veryfirstreading/?area=vfr 1,2 and 3 have simple CVC words for the child to read which gives an enormous sense of satisfaction. I am sure that he would not have been able to do this without the knowledge of the phonemes and grapehmes and how to decode the written word.
To ensure a balanced approach and ensure he doesn’t forget that books are for enjoyment above all else, and to make sure he does not get fed up decoding words I read him the first three chapters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He really seemed to enjoy this and wasn’t concerned that there were no pictures, I give it till about chapter 6 before he wants a change!
Our first international review from Dominique at Dominiques desk! A primary school teacher in singapore Dominique felt the writing section had a similar feel to writing in sand!
Lovely review from Tracy at Toy Buzz, good to hear that both her sons are getting something out of our App!
We have had three honest reviews so far, by Melksham mum who has a lovely relaxed open writing style and covers her son using the Read Write Phonics App:
By Squeaky Baby who shows that her two year old was interested in the app and its never too early to begin introducing the phonic sounds. We would love to hear how she progresses and if the App can give her a head start:
And by Angela at This is Life who gives a nice honest open review and captures some great screen shots:
It’s really good to get positive feedback on our app and we will take all points on board for future releases.
If you see any other reviews please let us know and we will add them here.