Parents' Guide to

Endless Reader

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Super engaging, but an ineffective way to learn sight words.

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age 2+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 2+

Literacy Tutor and Parent

As a parent and a tutor, I have tried many many literacy and phonics apps, and this is the one I recommend the most! While some children as young as 2 can learn to play it, ages 3-7 can benefit from it. Yes, even children in 2nd or 3rd grade who struggle with reading can use this app. It isn't just sight words; it's phonics too! It shows the words, the sounds that make it, uses it in a funny sentence and then animation plays out the sentence with goofy little monsters. Words are knocked about and they have to drag them back into place, but anytime you touch a word or letter it repeats its sound. Very interactive and entertaining for preschool through younger ages due to the characters. Full version is worth the $5. Kids will repeat their favorite words and keeps them occupied when you need it while being educational.

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Easy to play/use
age 3+

Annoying noises, good education.

The noises on this is despicable! They are so annoying and disrupt me while I'm working. My child is using this and I absolutely hate the sounds it makes. He thinks it so hilarious but its not, I have an extremely important job but other than the noises it was fine because it does give my child a good education.

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Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (1):

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.

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