Worked good with my first grader, but not as fun for my 4 year-old
This app runs smooth and has a lot of educational value, especially for kids who already know their letters and letter sounds. My first grader has a great time playing the various phonetics games.
However, the only part of the app my 4-year old can really use is the "I Spy" in which the reader reads and shows three pictures, then asks which ones starts with a particular sound. She really liked that. However, there were a few confusing ones. For instance, in one simulation it showed a "rod," a "chin," and a "snail"- then asked which one started with the "k" sound. Technically, none did.
Also, in the storybarding part of the app, my first grader worked so hard in building some sentences- but then there was nothing to do with it, except bring it to me to read. I would have thought that once a child finished they would click a button and it would be read to them.
Some definite pros, but some serious cons as well. Don't feel it was worth my $4.99.