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Read with Phonics

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Alien-themed phonics games are thorough but lack variety.

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This collection of games is a detailed, logical, and thorough journey for those wanting to teach their kids to read using a phonics-based approach. Read with Phonics presents the easy ones first: phonemes made of a single letter like "s" are clustered at the beginning. Through the first world, and then on to the next three, phonemes get increasingly more complex, such as "igh." This means that kids gradually build up their reading confidence and comprehension as they learn more ways to see sounds represented in letter combinations. The major downside to Read with Phonics is that the games kids play are more or less the same for each phoneme, which gets boring and repetitive pretty quickly. On an unrelated note, it can also be frustrating to be kicked out of a level after choosing the incorrect answer a few times. All in all, though carefully and methodically presenting phoneme after phoneme seems like a logical approach, it just needs a bit more variety in approach and working access to the parent section to make it even better.

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