What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- academic development
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will enjoy these gentle learning challenges, especially the colorful, interactive elements with cute little animal characters.
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.
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'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?
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.