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Hooked on Phonics Learn & Read

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Super, step-by-step reading journey starts with the basics.

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This sequential learning path combines catchy songs, funny videos, and interactive games to engage kids and seamlessly guide them towards independent reading. Hooked on Phonics is a well-known phonics-based curriculum whose approach lends itself easily to an app format. While Hooked on Phonics Learn & Read could begin to feel tedious because it has lots of repetition in activity type, the songs and books add a bit of variety. Kids must follow a step-by-step path and complete each level before they can unlock the next so they build knowledge according to a logical progression. But kids can also access the material outside that learning path, which can help them customize to meet their unique needs. Response times for incorrect answers can be a bit long, which may confuse kids eager to try a different choice. The focus here is strictly on decoding words, and the included books are matched specifically to help kids practice each mini-step. For fuller reading fluency and comprehension, parents will want to supplement with other material such as full-fledged storybooks.

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