A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
Kids tap and hold the microphone button while they read short sentences out loud in READ WITH PHONZY: KIDS READING GAME. Each sentence has a picture that helps clue kids in to what the sentence is about, and they can tap a help button to hear the narrator read the sentence. Kids get two tries to read accurately enough to collect the sentence's picture. After five sentences kids play a mini-game with the camera or voice distortion. Kids can visit a gallery to see what pictures they've collected and silly photographs they've taken.
Is it any good?
With a simple, kid-friendly interface, kids get instant feedback as they practice reading short sentences. A picture accompanies each sentence, which can help give them a hint or some context to guide them in decoding what the words in the sentence are about. And for when they're struggling, kids can always tap the listen button to hear the sentence read aloud. These supports make reading easily accessible -- even for beginning readers. On the other hand, the three- to four-word sentences are quite simple and don't allow much room for growth as kids become stronger readers. Read with Phonzy: Kids Reading Game's main attraction is the voice-recognition software, which could still use some fine-tuning. In general, the software works, but it tends to be overly forgiving, letting words that clearly have been mispronounced slide by. Parents may still want to stand by to help ensure that kids are reading the words correctly. And if Phonzy doesn't accept the reading, there's no indication of where kids made a mistake, and kids only have one additional chance to try again. This raises the point that the interaction that happens when new readers struggle through a book by a caregiver's side cannot be replaced by a screen and voice-recognition software. Yet, given that it's free, Read with Phonzy: Kids Reading Game could offer some fun extra practice.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the words that your kids struggle with in Read with Phonzy: Kids Reading Game. Help them sound the words out, memorize them, or point out spelling rules (such as the rule of the silent final "e") to help kids notice patterns.
Read books to your kids as often as you can, even after they learn to read on their own. Beginning readers can read to you, or you can take turns.
Use the sentences as a launching pad for storytelling. Kids can choose a sentence they read to be the first sentence in their story. Then they can get creative by writing and/or drawing what happens next.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, speaking
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: March 3, 2017
- Category: Education
- Size: 96.70 MB
- Publisher: MeowTek
- Version: 1.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
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