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Friday, January 20, 2012

abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds and writing + first words and DotToDot numbers and letters

abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds and writing + first words by Apps in My Pocket Ltd is a wonderful app for teaching writing, letter sounds, first words and more. There is over 170 first words in this app, 30 letter sounds including sh and ch sounds, and all the letter so the alphabet. This app also teaches the beginning of learning how to spell words. This app has helped everyone of my children a lot. My kids find this app to be fun and I have found it to be very educational and works very well for fine motor skills as well. I love that the writing is simple enough for my children to use without a stylus and I really love the erasing as all you have to do is shake it. Your child will first hear the letter sound and then trace each letter with their finger. The beginning spelling comes in by a word being placed on the screen with one letter missing. Your child then must choose which letter goes there by listening to the sounds. This app is highly highly highly recommended by me for all the wonderful skills it helps teach our children :)

DotToDot numbers and letters is another wonderful app from Apps in My Pocket Ltd. This app helps our children to work with dot-to-dots by using both number or letters. This app helps teach using either the numbers in order or the alphabet in order. Most children enjoy doing dot-to-dots since they love seeing what the picture will turn out to be. This app has many many options so it can grow and build with your child. You can do either small or big letters or with the numbers you can have them skip numbers all the way up to 12 numbers at a time. There's many more options in the setting screen also that can make it easier or harder depending on your child's ability. The pictures included are very cute and my kids love to find out what it turns into at the end. I highly highly highly recommend this app also :)

Here is another review from one of my friends :)

Pocketphonics developer App in my Pocket

Lite version: http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/abc-pocketphonics-lite-letter/id302689971?mt=8

AU$2.99 http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/abc-pocketphonics-letter-sounds/id299342927?mt=8

***** - 5 out of 5 Star App

This is one of my favourite apps, using it every day during the school year to help my daughter to read and to write. It teaches through:

1. the sounds of each letter
2. how to write each letter and
3. blending sounds together to create words.

Straight after you select the ‘Play’ icon – you are asked to put in the player’s name. You then get a choice of preferred font – D’Nealian style or ZanerBloser–lowercase, UPPER or Cursive – great choices depending on the current level of your child in their development of writing style (this can always been changed).

This app has a lot of content. The letters and blends are divided into 11 different groups and there are 170 frequently used words used to practice bringing the sounds together

This is a well thought out and developed app and well worth the $2.99 price. It is one of the best apps I personally have for this area of learning.

There is also a Parentzone. This is a great area for parents where there are FAQ and you can order the free reading guide.

You can have multiple users accounts with records of completed levels with 1, 2 or 3 stars. Lots of encouragement throughout the app to keep your child interested.

Recent awards include Editor’s Choice Award 2011 from Children’s Technology Review, Parents’ Choice Recommended Award

Website: http://appsinmypocket.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/appsinmypocket
Twitter link http://twitter.com/appsinmypocket
itunes link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dottodot-numbers-letters/id333188500?mt=8

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