Kids Learn to Read

 
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Learning(i)

Cute app moves kids closer to independent reading.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Clear voice instructions help kids know what to tap or do next if they're stuck. In one game, the words being formed aren't pronounced in full after the sounds are blended and there's no visual of what word the letters are spelling, which may confuse some kids who don't know the word. In another game, players have to "turn" a cube by rotating it, rather than tapping or sliding, which may be tricky for young app users.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

There's an icon to select more games on the same screen as the other games within this app. It's not clear to the user that the link is to other apps to install (both paid and free), rather than other games within the same app.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No permissions required to download this app (the app can create network sockets and use custom network protocols without permissions). No privacy policy found on developer's website or the app itself.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kids Learn to Read is the third in a series of pre-reading and reading apps created by Intellijoy. Cute character Tommy Turtle leads kids into blending letter sounds to form words. There's also a game that encourages kids to build words, and a game that teaches kids to recognize a completed word by sounding it out or by sight.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • phonics
  • reading
  • spelling
  • letter or word recognition

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will enjoy these gentle learning challenges, especially the colorful, interactive elements with cute little animal characters.

Learning Approach

Without a lot of logical progression of word choices in the games, this isn't an ideal learn-to-read experience. However, it is fun and encouraging, and some of the games are helpful.

Support

A narrator sounds out each letter as it appears on the screen to help kids learn to sound out letters and letter combos. Unfortunately, there's no tracking or recording of correct and incorrect responses or any such data.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • phonics
  • reading
  • spelling
  • letter or word recognition

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Kids can learn blending letter sounds to form words, spelling three- and four-letter words, and recognizing words via phonics or by sight with Kids Learn to Read. All of these pre- and early-reading skills help kids ease into reading. This app isn't a perfect learn-to-read experience (there's not a lot of logical progression of word choices in the games), but it's fun and helpful enough for at least a few sessions of play.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Kids learn via three games: Learn to Blend, where kids tap letters to hear words sounded out letter by letter; Try Reading, in which kids match easy words (like "cow" and "pig") to pictures; and Make Words, where kids practice spelling by choosing the correct letter on a block to complete words made up of letter blocks. A woman's voice sounds out each letter as it appears on the screen to help kids learn the skill of sounding out letters and letter combinations that they are seeing visually.

Is it any good?

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For kids who have already tried the first two apps in this series of pre-reading apps (Kids ABC Letters and Kids ABC Phonics), this game will present further gentle learning challenges inching kids along to independent reading. Many kids will especially enjoy the colorful elements in the games that include walking a little turtle across a word bridge and giving skateboards and helmets with matching words to cute animal characters.

Families can talk about...

  • Set up letter blocks or other forms of movable letters (even note cards will do) to play the "Make Words" game off-screen with more challenging words.

  • Encourage kids to sound out the words they've already learned on this app when you see them elsewhere -- on signs or in storybooks, for example.

App details

Devices:Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$3.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:May 1, 2013
Category:Educational Games
Size:11.00 MB
Publisher:Intellijoy
Version:Varies with device
Minimum software requirements:Android 2.1 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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