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abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words

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

PocketPhonics teaches kids letter sounds, first words and handwriting. It is used in hundreds of elementary schools and pre-schools, and tens of thousands of homes. It is aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and independent research (see 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.

"One of my children’s favorite early reading apps" New York Times
“Best app for learning phonics” iPad for Kids 2013
“This app feels much like a private tutoring session for early readers with emphasis on letter sounds and writing.”
-2013 Academics' Choice Smart Media Award
-Parents’ Choice Recommended Award Winner
-“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.”
-“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.”
-“When it comes to learning apps for young learners and early readers, there is no better choice than abc PocketPhonics."

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.

Phonics (letter sounds) help children to read by understanding the sounds that letters make. The National Reading Panel concluded that “children who have phonics instruction read better and spell better than other children”.

Letter sounds are not the same as the letter names (what we call the letters). Montessori & other experts recommend not including letter names when teaching letter sounds as it can confuse children by introducing too much at once. PocketPhonics focuses solely on letter sounds so children can learn to read more quickly.

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.

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

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. If a child switches iPads, they automatically continue learning from where they finished previously. 

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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.

What's New in Version 2.4.2

Urgent bug fix for some customers on certificates


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Customer Reviews

Just what I needed!

I'm a first grade teacher with children of many skill levels in my classroom. I needed a solid researched program to help children learn letter sounds, and to be able to use them in making words. I needed this to be motivating enough that I wouldn't need to be standing over the child insuring that they were staying on it. I needed it to be individualized for individual needs, and beginning with very basic sounds, yet also having the capability to include consonant and vowel digraphs. I wanted to get the results go each child's progress to be sent to me. I wanted it to use lower case letters, and to be American English sounds. I needed a program that could remain on the same 6 letters for one student and yet go ahead to more letters for another. I'm very pleased with Pocket Phonics. It does what I am needing. I just wish I had more than one iPad for my class.


My son has been using this app and his progress has been great. I've contacted support to provide suggestions and they responded promptly. You can clearly see the time and effort the developers have put into this app. I can't say enough. The fact that it incorporates writing the letters, the letters are sounded out, the spelling challenges that use the sound of the letters and has the child pick the letters to make words, I could go on and on but it's just easier for you to get the application and experience it yourself.

I know this review sounds like it might be coming from the company but I don't work for them. I wish I did so I could say I was part of this wonderful application and help all those children.

Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing what else you come up with.

Son picked it up right away

My five year old was trying the free app and got into it right away. Was spelling words within the first few minutes. To those complaining about the verification. Look closer to the problem, it says (at least on mine) 8 x 6 not 8+6. So the answer is 48. You can enter 14 all you want, but it is not correct.

abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $6.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.4.2
  • Size: 86.9 MB
  • Languages: English, French
  • Seller:
Rated 4+
  • Made for Ages 5 and Under

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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