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PocketPhonics (stories as IAP)

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PocketPhonics (stories as IAP)

Apps in My Pocket Ltd

Education, Games, Family

IOS
AUD 10.99


Download PocketPhonics (stories as IAP) on the Appstore





“PocketPhonics teaches the basics of reading and writing to young kids. Most surprising? It seems to work.” 148apps.com

PocketPhonics teaches kids letter sounds, first words and handwriting. It has been used in over three thousand schools, and tens of thousands of homes worldwide. It embraces the synthetic phonics method recommended by the Australian Federal Government’s Teaching Reading Report in 2005. Phonics (letter sounds) help children to read by understanding the sounds that letters make.

Independent research (see appsinmypocket.com/research) found children learnt nine times faster using PocketPhonics compared to a classroom lesson. 

"One of my children’s favorite early reading apps" New York Times
“This app feels much like a private tutoring session for early readers with emphasis on letter sounds and writing.” everythingmom.com
-“If you are working on phonics for your kids, this is the best application to have.” Technology in Education
-“This app feels much like a private tutoring session for early readers with emphasis on letter sounds and writing.” everythingmom.com
-“PocketPhonics is seriously educational and I think it’s a terrific tool for helping early readers. You can tell that a ton of thought and research was put into it and best of all, they talked and listened to teachers. It shows.” iPhoneMom.com
-“When it comes to learning apps for young learners and early readers, there is no better choice than PocketPhonics." ipad-applications.neiia.com

PocketPhonics is split in to 12 groups of letter sounds, each group is followed by a set of storybooks that use those letter sounds. Kids read storybooks that are on the right level for them. The phonics levels are includes in the price, the storybooks are extra.

In the first group of letter sounds, there are six sounds to master before the child will be able to read their first storybook. Most children aged 4+ start to read their first storybook within 10 weeks if they use the app for 15 mins everyday.

Parents and teachers can easily monitor children’s progress online. They can see what stage the child is currently at, any letter sounds they are having difficulty with and what storybooks have been read. Furthermore, teachers and parents are also emailed a certificate when a child completes a task.

Children can tap an unfamiliar word in a story, and the app will sound out the letters to help the child understand what the word says. If that’s not enough, they can tap again to hear the actual word and see a picture that illustrates its meaning.

As the child reads a story, the child’s ability to read certain keywords in the storybooks will be is tested. At the end of the story, the app further quizzes the achild on all new words in that story.

Children master the following skills:

writing letters
recognising 72 letter sounds (e.g. ‘ch’ are the letters that make the initial sound in ‘chat’)
* blending letter sounds together to make words (e.g ‘ch-a-t’)
* hearing a word and selecting its written form (e.g. the app says, “chat”, the child has to select ‘chat’ from a group of words)

How it works
* The phonics levels are included in the price.
* The books are extra, but can be tried for free. $2.49 monthly and $21.49 annual subscriptions unlock access to all books for an unlimited number of children
* The subscription gives you access to more books as they are added
* Once subscribed, your subscription auto-renews each month or annually. However, you can easily turn auto renew off via the Settings app
* Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase
* Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
* Cannot cancel current subscription during its subscription period

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Release Notes


Fixed odd sound issue when mirroring with Apple TV plus other minor bug fixes



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The Developer Apps in My Pocket Ltd also wrote the apps listed below, click the icon to visit the pages.

abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words
abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words

$10.99
“PocketPhonics teaches the basics of reading and writing to young kids. Most surprising? It seems to work.” 148apps.com

PocketPhonics teaches kids letter sounds, first words and handwriting. It is used in over two thousand schools and pre-schools, and tens of thousands of homes worldwide. Independent research (see appsinmypocket.com/research) found children learnt nine times faster using PocketPhonics compared to a classroom lesson. It works on iPhone as well as iPad.

A certificate is emailed to you each time your child masters a set of letter sounds or can write a group of letters. Certificates are designed for printing and keeping, providing a record of achievement and a wonderful source of encouragement. Kids are so proud of themselves when they see their certificates.

“Best app for learning phonics” iPad for Kids 2013
"One of my children’s favorite early reading apps" New York Times
“This app feels much like a private tutoring session for early readers with emphasis on letter sounds and writing.” everythingmom.com
-Parents’ Choice Recommended Award Winner
-Editor's Choice Award 2011 from Children's Technology Review
-“If you are working on phonics for your kids, this is the best application to have.” Technology in Education
-“This app feels much like a private tutoring session for early readers with emphasis on letter sounds and writing.” everythingmom.com
-“PocketPhonics is seriously educational and I think it’s a terrific tool for helping early readers. You can tell that a ton of thought and research was put into it and best of all, they talked and listened to teachers. It shows.” iPhoneMom.com
-“When it comes to learning apps for young learners and early readers, there is no better choice than abc PocketPhonics." ipad-applications.neiia.com

Letter sounds are taught in small groups and a child is shown how to blend them to sound out words (e.g c-a-t is cat).

PocketPhonics shows children how to write letters using an arrow they can follow with their finger or stylus. PocketPhonics supports two different writing styles, and for each style, kids can write in lowercase, uppercase and cursive.

Using a unique, “letter sounds make words” spelling game, children learn how to sound out and spell 160 frequently used words.

PocketPhonics uses the synthetic phonics method recommended by the Australian Federal Government’s Teaching Reading Report in 2005.

PocketPhonics teaches the sounds for all the letters in the alphabet plus over 30 letter sounds like ‘sh’ and ‘ch’, because they are key to reading so many frequently-used words.

To understand the best educational practice underpinning PocketPhonics, order the FREE GUIDE to teaching kids to read from the app.

Phonics (letter sounds) help children learn to read by understanding the sounds that letters make. Letter sounds are not the same as the letter names (what we call the letters). PocketPhonics focuses solely on letter sounds so children can learn to read more quickly.


Parents and teachers can monitor kids’ progress online, and receive a weekly email on their child's progress. As the child learns something, the emphasis is switched to what they next need to learn. For instance, when a child learns a word, the app replaces it with a more challenging one.

Teachers don't need to worry about making sure kids have the same iPad each lesson simplifying the management of iPads in schools. If a child switches iPads, they automatically continue learning from where they finished previously. 

Buying PocketPhonics for school? See appsinmypocket.com/school

You might also want to take a look at PocketPhonics Stories. It is the new and updated version of PocketPhonics that includes everything in the original plus 42 storybooks suitable for early readers.  It is rated A+ by Balefire Labs. They review apps against scientific criteria to see how well they teach kids. Out of the 4,000 education apps they’ve reviewed, only four other apps have achieved that top rating....
abc PocketPhonics Lite
abc PocketPhonics Lite

Free
If you have an iPad, PocketPhonics Lite has been replaced by PocketPhonics Stories Free. If you want an app for iPhone, PocketPhonics Lite still does a great job.

+148apps.com: “there’s no denying that “abc PocketPhonics” is an amazing app. A universal app—it works with both iPhone and iPad—PocketPhonics teaches the basics of reading and writing to young kids. Most surprising? It seems to work.”
+Technology in Education: “If you are working on phonics for your kids, this is the best application to have.”
+Wall Street Journal: ‘boy won't put down his mom's iPhone, where she's downloaded "abc PocketPhonics."’
+pragmaticmom.com: “This app feels like you have a teacher or a tutor working with your child one on one.”
+iPhoneMom.com: “PocketPhonics is seriously educational and I think it’s a terrific tool for helping early readers. You can tell that a ton of thought and research was put into it and best of all, they talked and listened to teachers. It shows.”
+ulearning.edublogs.org (An Australian educational website): "This app takes a great drill and practice method to learning phonics and letter-sounds”
+Editor's Choice Award 2011 from Children's Technology Review

abc PocketPhonics Lite is the FREE, cut-down version of abc PocketPhonics so you can try before you buy. 

** If you need help, contact us from within the app as we are unable respond to reviews.**

THREE-APPS-IN-ONE
Uniquely, the full version of abc PocketPhonics combines in one app:

+ Letter sounds
+ Letter writing
+ 160 first words

Designed and reviewed by teachers who use phonics to teach children to read. It is primarily aimed at preschool kids and those aged up to 7. To understand the best educational practice underpinning abc PocketPhonics, order the free guide to teaching kids to read from the app.

LETTER SOUNDS
Helps children learn to read by understanding the sounds that letters make. Letter sounds (how we say letters when we use them in words) are not the same as the letter names (what we call the letters). For instance, sound out slowly to yourself "cat". And you can see that the sounds that make up the word are nothing like what we call the letters.

A child who knows their letter names won't actually find that this helps them to read even simple words like “yes". By contrast, a child who knows their letter sounds will learn to read words they’ve never seen before.

PocketPhonics Lite teaches six letter sounds. The rest are covered in the full version including over 30 letters sounds that come from combining letters together (like “sh” and “ch”), because they are key to reading so many frequently-used words.

LETTER WRITING
abc PocketPhonics visually demonstrates how to write each letter. Children enjoy practising their writing by tracing the letter with their finger (similar to a Montessori classroom where children learn first to trace letters with their fingers). PocketPhonics also works with iPhone-compatible styluses.

The Lite version provides a taster of this for the first six letters.

PocketPhonics checks the accuracy of your child's writing (can be switched off and the tolerance varied - using the Settings option in the app's Parentzone).

FIRST WORDS
Using a unique, letter-sounds and word game, the full PocketPhonics teaches how to sound out and spell 160 frequently-used words. There’s about 20 words in the Lite version.

There’s nothing else like it on the App Store.

PARENTAL CONTROL
Using the app, you can:

+ Customise it to the needs of your child through its wide range of settings (e.g. lowercase, uppercase, or cursive letters)
+ Get help or give feedback
+ Order our free guide on teaching kids to read...
PocketPhonics Stories (full edition)
PocketPhonics Stories (full edition)

$30.99
PocketPhonics Stories is an award-winning, step-by-step reading program for 4 to 7 year-olds. It’s the new and expanded version of PocketPhonics, an app that's used in over a hundred Australian primary schools. It guides children through the literacy journey, beginning with teaching them their first letter sounds and ending with them having read 42 stories within the app by themselves.

PocketPhonics Stories won 2015 Best Learning Apps & Games award from Balefire Labs. Out of the 4500 education apps they’ve reviewed, it's one of only six app they rate A+. It's also an Academic Choices Award Winner.

** If you ever need help, please contact us from within the app or at appsinmypocket.com as we are unable to respond to reviews.**

PocketPhonics Stories uses the synthetic phonics method used in Australian schools.

There is also a free-to-try version of this app with a $2.99 monthly subscription.

PocketPhonics Stories is split in to 12 groups of letter sounds, each group is followed by a set of storybooks that contain those letter sounds. Once the child has mastered one group of letter sounds, they progress to reading the storybooks that tests their knowledge of these letter sounds. They read storybooks that are on the right level for them. Once that task is completed they then move on to the next group of sounds, and so on.

In the first group of letter sounds, there are six sounds to master before the child will be able to complete their first storybook. Most children of four and over will start to read their first storybook within 10 weeks if they are using the app for 15 minutes every day.

Parents and teachers can easily monitor children’s progress online. They can see what stage the child is currently at, any letter sounds they are having difficulty with and what storybooks have been read. Furthermore, teachers and parents are also emailed a certificate when a child completes a task. These certificates are a much-loved feature of the original PocketPhonics app, which launched in 2008 and has been downloaded over half a million times.

In PocketPhonics Stories, children can tap an unfamiliar word in a story, and the app will sound out the letters to help the child understand what the word says. If that’s not enough, they can tap again to hear the actual word and see a picture that illustrates its meaning.

The storybooks gradually introduce high-frequency words like “the” and “to” that are harder to read because they follow less common spelling rules. Words that the child is likely to find difficult to read in a story are highlighted in red. This takes into account what the app has learned about the child’s phonics knowledge and ability to read longer words.

As the child reads a story, the app will check that they can read and understand some of its new words.

At the end of the story, the app tests the child on all the new words in that story. Each word is spoken in turn, and the child has to select the written form of the word. Only once they are able to correctly identify all the words in all the books on this level, does the app move on to teach them the next group of letter sounds.

Specifically, children master the following skills:

* writing letters (two different writing styles plus cursive option)
* recognising 72 letter sounds (e.g. ‘ch’ are the letters that make the initial sound in ‘chat’)
* blending letter sounds together to make words (e.g ‘ch-a-t’)
* hearing a word and selecting its written form (e.g. the app says, “chat”, the child has to select ‘chat’ from a group of words - some of which are similar to chat)

Teachers don't need to worry about making sure kids have the same iPad each lesson. If a child switches iPads, they automatically continue learning from where they finished previously.  Children can use the app at home, and continue from where they left off at school.

Order our FREE GUIDE to teaching kids to read from the app....



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