What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kids ABC Phonics is the second in a series of easy and worthwhile preschool apps in Intellijoy's reading series. There are four main games here: Learn letter sounds; build letter blocks by matching the first letter sound of words to the correct letter block; pop letter bubbles by matching the phonetic sound to the right letter in the bubble; and build three-letter words.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- part-whole relationships
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids are engaged by the four simple activities, colorful graphics, as well as clear directions and letter pronunciations via a friendly narrator.
Fun, sticky games offer relevant activities for kids new to phonics. Each activity is concept-building toward a better understanding of how letters and phonics combine to make words readable.
There's no formal tutorial, but the app's main menu includes a clearly connected icon for each of the four activity choices. During the activities, the voice instructions are encouraging and clear.
What's it about?
Kids choose from one of four games on the main screen of Kids ABC Phonics. The app gives verbal instructions, along with simple choices that make it very easy for preschoolers to play. For example, the three-letter word formation game also includes a puzzle component so players can't spell a word incorrectly -- letters in the wrong place simply won't fit into the puzzle.
Is it any good?
If your kid already has solid letter recognition skills, KIDS ABC PHONICS is a good choice. It's colorful, easy to learn, and it builds pre-reading confidence. Depending upon your child's current level of phonics skills, Kids ABC Letters (the first in the series) or Kids Learn to Read (the third) may be the appropriate choice for your child.
Families can talk about...
Encourage kids to say the sounds they are hearing while playing these games.
If you have a set of letter blocks at home or at your library, find objects in your surroundings that match the letters on the blocks, in similar fashion to the game on the app.