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Reading/ phonics apps? Reception age

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GnarlyOldGoatDude Sun 24-Jan-16 07:55:23

Any suggestions would be great please! DS2 is a late summer born and very happy at school, but can barely do any phonics or letter writing. I know he'll get there eventually in his own sweet time, but he also loves playing on tablets, so would be great if anyone had any recommendations. I've got the hairy letters one. Thanks in advance smile

bingandflop Sun 24-Jan-16 08:20:38

It's not an app but reading eggs is great (is a website). My daughter is in yr R and loves it. The school recommended it

PrincessHairyMclary Sun 24-Jan-16 08:27:39

Reading eggs also do lots of apps for both literacy and numeracy. Did loved it, some people don't recommend it because as an international programme it's not taught in the specific way phonics is taught in the UK. How ever I think the more tools you give a child to learn the better, we don't all learn the same way.

As he gets older Squeebles is brilliant for spellings.

Hulababy Sun 24-Jan-16 08:33:00

You could try PocketPhonics or Twinkl Phonics Suite.

Runningincircles Sun 24-Jan-16 08:41:59

Reading eggs is fantastic and is often on offer on the Little Bird site. Maybe sign up for the free trial and then buy a subscription through Little Bird if you like it.
Teach Your Monster To Read is really good too and is free.

GnarlyOldGoatDude Sun 24-Jan-16 09:32:51

Brilliant thank you. School have mentioned they're doing a trial of the reading eggs too to try and help him.

I'd read about teach your monster too, it's only free on a PC though and the iPad app seems to get b mixed reviews.

Thank you all smile

Ferguson Sun 24-Jan-16 19:19:23

If he is also prepared to look at a Phonics Dictionary, this may be useful:

An inexpensive and easy to use book, that can encourage children with reading, spelling and writing, and really help them to understand Phonics, is reviewed in the MN Book Reviews section. Just search ‘Phonics’ and my name.

Nectarines Sun 24-Jan-16 19:40:59

You can download Collins Big Cat books from App Store. Interactive phonic reading books.

GnarlyOldGoatDude Sun 24-Jan-16 20:15:25

Thank you, those sound great.

Have signed up for the free trial of reading eggs, and he's loving it so far- very engaged. Fingers crossed it helps him get the hang of it!

Normanpriceisnotarolemodel Sun 24-Jan-16 20:21:56

My pirate mad 4 year old really enjoyed the pirate phonics apps.

GnarlyOldGoatDude Sun 24-Jan-16 22:46:05

Thank you, Pirates would be appreciated by my DS too smile

mrz Mon 25-Jan-16 06:35:24

As a teacher I would advise being very aware that most if the apps and online programmes are from the US where phonics teaching us very different to that of the U.K. Anything that includes learning whole words or rhyming families should be used with caution.

For beginner readers the Sounds Write app is excellent but only available for iPads unfortunately .

GnarlyOldGoatDude Mon 25-Jan-16 07:43:36

Thank you, appreciate the opinion from teaching perspective. I'll look up that app, The school mentioned reading eggs so hopefully that'll be ok.

PagesOfABook Mon 25-Jan-16 20:46:33

For me the Jolly Phonics app was the best I came across. It was clear and simple - and teaches the first 42 letter sounds

PurpleCrazyHorse Mon 25-Jan-16 20:52:59

DD is late Aug and wouldn't do phonics sounds at all until Year1. We used Reading Eggs too which helped loads.

She's now in the top half of her class for reading (Year2). She just clicked with it eventually.

mrz Tue 26-Jan-16 06:50:40

Reading Eggs is a US product revised for UK market (voice changed not content)

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