If you have an iPad, PocketPhonics Lite has been replaced by PocketPhonics Stories Free.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. “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.”

+Macworld app of the day "Teach your kids to write with this innovative educational iPhone app that follows the UK's national curriculum ... help young children understand letters, and start the road to reading."
+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."’ “This app feels like you have a teacher or a tutor working with your child one on one.”
+Editor's Choice Award 2011 from Children's Technology Review

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

Only PocketPhonics combines in one app:

+ Letter sounds
+ Letter writing
+ First words

abc PocketPhonics is the only iPhone application that follows the UK’s national curriculum. It was 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.

Simply put, phonics (letter sounds) is about helping children learn to read by understanding the sounds that letters make.

abc PocketPhonics Lite teaches the first six letter sounds they’ll learn in school. 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.

The letter sounds are taught in the same order as in school and using the same synthetic phonics approach mandated in the national curriculum.

There’s the option of a UK voice (a primary school teacher) so your child can learn the sounds as spoken in the UK not in the US.

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.

abc PocketPhonics will also check the accuracy of your child's writing (can be switched off and the tolerance varied - using the settings in the Parentzone).

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

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.

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

What's New

Version 2.4.2

Easier upgrade options

Customer Reviews

Great kids app


Great for kids just learning to read and write,sounds and pronunciation are very good.



Fantastic app, great fun and good learning session for my 5 year old. Very similar to what they actually doing at school.



This is a great app for teaching kids letters & trying to write within the lines which is great fun to watch:-))


Apps in My Pocket Ltd
141 MB
Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, French
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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