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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to identify uppercase and lowercase letters and what sound each letter makes. They'll learn the sounds that different letter combinations make and how those sounds make words. They'll work with rhyming words and sight words. And then they'll put it all together to read simple books.
Ease of Play
Learning path guides kids and games have clear instructions.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
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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