I am often asked which apps are good for phonics practice. There are many, many apps out there which focus on this very thing, so the choice can seem overwhelming. On balance, this is my favourite all rounder, for the following reasons:
- It covers initial sounds as well as digraphs and trigraphs.
- The learning of letter formation AND recognition is supported.
- The voice is English rather than American (although if you prefer an American voice, this can be changed in the settings).
- There are a good range of options in the settings – e.g. you can change the difficulty, the handwriting style and switch between a right or left handed user.
- You can have many profiles, so one iPad could be used by several children.
- Performance is tracked – so you can see which sounds a learner is secure in and which ones still need to be practised.
At the time of writing, this app cost £1.99, although if you wish to try it out, you can get “PocketPhonics Lite”, which has the first 6 sounds, for free. For more information, visit the publisher’s website.