What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bob Books #1 - Reading Magic is an educational experience that will gently teach young kids early phonics by teaching the sounds that letters make and how to combine them to make short words. The developers take a classic phonics book and turn it into an app. The app successfully replicates the book series' step-by-step phonics instruction by providing four levels with the same sentences. When kids have successfully matched the letters to the words (Level 1) or spelled out the words by choosing the correct letters among many other letters (Level 4), that object gets filled in with color. When kids have completed the sentence, the whole scene comes alive. An HD version is also available in iTunes.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
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Engagement, Approach, Support
An excellent introduction to phonics for young children. Will keep kids' interest as they read and reread each page. Artwork is simple but added elements of color and animation are well done and attractive.
Although repetition of the same sentences throughout the four levels may not sound exciting, it can help kids learn not only those specific words and sentences faster but also the process of sounding out words.
It is possible to change the settings so the app stays on only one of the four levels, giving kids a chance to master one level.
What's it about?
In Bob Books #1 Reading Magic, kids drag the letters for the given word to the proper place below the picture, while the app sounds out the letters and reads the word aloud. Their efforts are rewarded when the black-and-white screen transforms to color and the drawings become animated. There are twelve pages and each one has four levels. You can customize the settings to suit your kid's current phonics knowledge and reading level.
Is it any good?
BOB BOOKS #1 - READING MAGIC is an excellent introduction to phonics for young children, or a nice companion to the printed Bob Books (a systematic method of teaching kids to read). Since you can either control the difficulty level or set it to Automatic, this app will grow with your learning child, and keep their interest as they read and re-read the sentences on each page. The artwork is simple, just as in the printed Bob Books, but the added elements of color and animation are well done and attractive.
Families can talk about...
Read with your kids daily.
Stock up on variety of reading materials for kids, including phonics readers and traditional storybooks. Keep them where kids can access them easily.
Sound out and spell everyday words together.