Bob Books #2 - Reading Magic HD

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Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Spelling games offer fab way to learn to read.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to build their reading skills with Bob Books #2 Reading Magic HD. The app is designed to take kids from letter and letter-sound recognition to being able to spell and sound out short words on their own. Using the same 12 sentences in four levels that progressively get harder lets kids directly build on their knowledge as they go through each level. While the words taught here are limited, the letters and their sounds are the basis of many other words. Bob Books #2 Reading Magic HD does a very good job providing the basics for learning phonics and how to read. 

Ease of Play

Game instructions are easy to understand, and the four game levels allow the app to grow with children just learning to read. Hints can also be turned on or off.

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More than one screen in the app allows players to get information on other games by the publisher or to visit the publisher's website.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bob Books #2 - Reading Magic HD is an interactive reading and spelling app for very beginning readers. It presents 12 pages of a book, which can be played on four different levels where kids spell most of the words in each sentence, one at a time. The pictures on each page starts out as black and white, and slowly fill with color as kids spell the words. The words, letters, and sentences are all read or sounded out for the child, with repetition and spelling tasks teaching step by step. The four levels gradually increase in difficulty, from dragging and dropping letters to match words, to selecting letters on your own to spell the given words. On each level, tapping words or letters results in their being read or sounded out loud. Once some of the pages on a level are completed, the level selection screen shows how many pages out of 12 have been completed for each level.

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What's it about?

BOB BOOKS #2 - READING MAGIC HD is a continuation from Bob Books #1 Reading Magic. It presents 12 new scenes and sentences. As with the first app, this 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.

Is it any good?

Bob Books #2 Reading Magic HD is an excellent literacy app that teaches early reading in a gentle, interactive way. Kids slowly become more comfortable with letter sounds, reading short words, and spelling as they go through the 12 pages on each of the four levels. The artwork and feel of the app is the same as for the printed Bob Books, with the addition of soothing colors, fun animation, interactive games, and a gentle voice.

Talk to your kids 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.

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