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Wonster Words - spelling with ABC and phonics by Puzzingo

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Phonetics, vocab star as kids drag letters to spell words.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire Free to try, Paid Education
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Animated letters with spoken letter names address the idiosyncrasies of written English, but some details detract from the overall appeal. On the upside, instead of singling out each individual letter sound, kids work with phonemes, or the language sounds actually present in words, but only for the target sounds. Though the animations and accompanying sentences give context, they're sometimes a bit off: In one animation a character ignites himself, and kid's are told to "be careful." In another, a character purposefully makes a mess as a "brat" and kids are advised, "Try not to be one." In terms of design, it would be better if kids had to place letters in the correct order and if the user could turn the music off. The phonetic approach and vocabulary context make this a step up from simple sound-it-out apps, but at the steep price of $14.99 for the whole set, parents should make sure they -- and their kids -- are into the whole package before diving in fully.

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