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Ladybird: I'm Ready for Phonics

By Penguin Books

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Give your child a reading head start with Ladybird's I'm Ready for Phonics!

With 12 fun and motivating levels to progress through, this app supports your child’s synthetic phonics learning at school. If needed, parents can manually unlock all levels at any time. Go to the parent’s information screen to find out how!

"An excellent app that walks the line between education and entertainment
adroitly." Apps Playground

•Get your child ready for the Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 1.
•Tested in schools with children who are currently being taught Phonics in Reception and Year 1.
•Fun, interactive space theme with 12 motivating levels to unlock and progress through.
•Learn, blend, segment and practise the 44 sounds of the English language.
•Contains a glossary to help you understand the technical phonics terms your child uses at school.
•Fully up-to-date and in line with the official Letters and Sounds document.
•Teaches initial letter sounds, phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (letters) in the order children learn them at school.
•Includes essential tricky words that cannot be sounded out – such as ‘the’ and ‘said’.
•Record your child’s voice as you practise the different phonemes together and then play them back.
•Test your phonics knowledge with the Phonics Challenge!
•Complete each activity to win a star!
•Includes a practical, easy-to-understand Parent’s Guide to Phonics. Parents can manually unlock all planet levels. Go to the parent's information screen to find out how!
•Developed in conjunction with literacy consultant and phonics expert, Kate Ruttle. Currently Kate is the deputy head of a primary school in Suffolk and trains teachers internationally on phonics and literacy. As a literacy consultant, Kate has contributed to previous government phonics, spelling and literacy publications, as well as worked with numerous publishers in an advisory capacity over the years.
•Brought to you by Ladybird – for every age and every stage of your child’s development.

Synthetic phonics is the primary reading method now taught in UK schools, but it can seem complicated and even daunting to both parents and children.

Ladybird’s I’m Ready for Phonics is the perfect way to support your child’s phonics learning in a comprehensive and user-friendly way, without worrying that you are deviating from work done in school.

Fun, thoroughly researched and developed alongside editors, teachers and consultants, I’m Ready for Phonics is the reading app you can trust.

What's New in Version 1.1

In response to customer feedback, the app now explains more clearly how all 12 levels can be unlocked manually.


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Customer Reviews

I love it, 4-year old needs persuasion

Having unlocked the levels and had a good look round, I think this app is fab. Excellent support for those embarking on their reading careers. By far the best phonics app I've found on iPad (and I've been looking at different ones for a year now).

Unfortunately, while my 4 year old has already learnt a lot of the early phonic skills, and he got bored trying to complete the first level. It was too easy, long and repetitive and it took some persuading to get him back to it once unlocked.

He was much more enthused with the 2nd and 3rd planets. He loves the record feature, which is really clever!

Nice design, shame about the programming

Firstly, I'll say that the design of this app is excellent, and my 5 year old son enjoys using it with me at bedtime.

However, there's a few "features" that really annoy us. Firstly, only landscape-home-button-left orientation is supported, auto-rotation would be welcome.

Secondly, it's not possible to scroll the view containing the next task until the sound effect played when a star is awarded has finished.

Thirdly, and by far the most annoying, is the "Super Segmenting" section. The grapheme sounds are only played on a tap release, not as soon as the letters are tapped, and about half the time after placing all the graphemes, the app doesn't register and we have to remove all the graphemes and place them again.

Great app, just a few bugs

My 4 year old son has been using this app for 4 months now and loves it, it really has helped to bring his reading on, even his teachers have noticed the improvements.
It would have been 5 stats other than a few bugs that I was hoping would have been sorted by now. In Super-Segmenting you arrange letters correctly and press the cat and occasionally it won't accept it so you have to remove all the letters place then back where they were, press the cat again and it then accepts it. This can be really bad as it can make the child think they have spelt the word incorrectly when it's actually fine.

Ladybird: I'm Ready for Phonics
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • £2.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: 25 September 2012
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 139 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer: Penguin Books

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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