Endless Reader

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Super engaging, but an ineffective way to learn sight words.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to recognize 26 different sight words. The letters also include phonics, so kids will pick up on the most common phonetic sound for the letters. Kids will have repeated exposure to the sight words as they complete the sentence puzzles, matching the correct words. Kids may find the differences in phonetic rules confusing, though, hearing the most common phonetic sound even if it doesn't match the sound in the given word. Endless Reader is an engaging app for learning vocabulary, but it falls short for sight reading and phonics learning.

Ease of Play

Drag-and-drop interaction is prompted by cues if kids don't respond. Lots of interactive elements are included.

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An in-app purchase ($4.99) is required to unlock the full alphabet. The free version includes six words, one for each letter A through F. You can buy more word packs for $4.99, or a bundle for $11.99.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Endless Reader is presented as a free app in the App Store but that only gets access to try out the app with six sight words -- all, ball, cake, dog, eat, and funny. It'll cost $4.99 to unlock the other 20 words from the rest of the alphabet; additional packs are also $4.99 each.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 3 year old Written byDori in SF January 6, 2016

Far surpassed my expectations as a learning tool!

When my daughter was 2.5 I saw a very positive review for the app Endless Alphabet in a child development magazine. I am in the tech field myself but decided to... Continue reading
Parent Written bytracyd2 July 27, 2015

I love this for a pre-reader!!

My daughter (soon to be 4) and I LOVED playing with this app. It is a fun way to learn the phonetic sounds of letters and visually see where they land in a word... Continue reading

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What's it about?

ENDLESS READER introduces kids to sight words and phonics with interactive animations that demonstrate the meaning of the words as well as how to spell them. Each word is presented as a card inside a monster's mouth. Kids scroll through the cards to choose the word they want to explore. When they tap the card, they'll hear the word and see it written before it gets scrambled up. Kids then use the outline of the word's letters to match the right letter and drag it into place in the word. As they touch the letter, they'll hear its phonetic sound and name. They'll then drag different sight words into place in a sentence. They'll hear the sentence read aloud and see a cute animation demonstrating the sentence. From there, kids can play around with the animation, tapping to see letters fly around, listen to the sentence again, or move on to another word and letter.

Is it any good?

The animations are adorable, and the illustrations demonstrating the meaning of the words are not only cute but effective. The word dog, for example, is drawn and colored to look like a dog. The problem comes in with the disparity between the idea of a sight word -- a word that is recognized without sounding it out -- and the phonetic sound for each letter that kids will hear when they touch the letter. Touching the e in cake, kids will hear the short e sound and get no explanation of silent e in that word. It's confusing. For early readers, focus on one or the other -- sight words or phonics -- to avoid confusion.

There's also not much content included for the price -- six free words and $4.99 for 20 more.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Read aloud to kids and let them fill in certain sight words (start with letting them read the word "the" in a short picture book. 

  • Point out words on signs to help kids recognize common words and names by sight.

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