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Ollie's Handwriting & Phonics for iPad

By Blue Mango LLC

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Ollie’s Handwriting and Phonics helps kids become successful readers – with errorless teaching! Children practice letters and sounds, read custom phonics words, and spell sight words without reinforcing bad habits. Created by a Kindergarten teacher with a Master’s in Early Childhood Education, Ollie is based on the most successful research-based national handwriting and phonics programs.

Featured as a top “Classroom Learning” App by Rasmussen College.

Ollie helps children improve fine motor and handwriting skills as well as introduce, reinforce, and solidify letter and sound recognition. Kids have fun with colored chalk on a “blackboard” with chalk sound effects!


Kids learn with Ollie to recognize letters and their corresponding sounds. They practice handwriting and reinforce phonics skills by tracing capital and lowercase letters and spelling and reading phonics and sight words.

CAPITAL & LOWERCASE LETTERS: Ollie shows the letter shape, name, sound, and corresponding phonics picture (“P is for Pirate!”).

PHONICS WORDS: Ollie shows how to separate and put together sounds to read and spell words with accompanying graphics (“c...a....t.... cat!”).

SIGHT WORDS: Ollie shows how to read and spell sight words (the, to, and).

MY WORDS: Easily add your own custom words to practice handwriting, reading and spelling - unlimited ability to delete and change words to suit your interests and needs.

•errorless teaching prevents kids from reinforcing bad habits
•all letters are practiced in traditional handwriting lines
•uses multi-sensory techniques (sight, sound & touch) to enhance cognition
•visual demonstration (by Ollie the Owl) of how to form letters for all 52 letters (capitals + lowercase)
•sleek, engaging, kid-friendly graphics for each letter of the alphabet and phonics word
•audio on every page to reinforce letter names and their corresponding sounds
•colored chalk on blackboard with chalk sound effects to mimic real life practice
•phonics words sounded out letter by letter by Ollie to reinforce beginning reading skills
•sight words (high-frequency & irregular words) to handwrite and spell
•add custom words up to 5 letters long (your child’s name/nickname!) to practice handwriting & spelling
•customizable settings to adjust for level of difficulty (tracing outline on or off)

Ollie’s Handwriting and Phonics was created as a portable, accessible, and affordable way to put the best literacy research and tools into the hands of supporting adults who want to help children develop and master the building blocks of becoming successful readers and writers.

Capital letters A – M
Lowercase letters a – m
2 Phonics Words: bug, cat
2 Sight Words: the, to
1 My Word (customizable word you choose!)

One In-App Purchase of only $2.99 to get…
All Capital letters A – Z
All Lowercase letters a – z
All 10 Phonics Words: bug, cat, dog, fin, fox, jet, map, pig, sun, web
All 10 Sight Words: the, to, and, is, can, see, my, go, you, we
All 10 My Words (unlimited ability to delete and edit words)

Download free materials such as the Ollie App Companion Guide (lesson ideas & examples) and Teacher / Student Checklist (record keeping & accountability for individual therapists or classroom teachers) at

Check out to read the free Companion Guide for Parents, Teachers and Therapists and get information, links and downloadable PDFs on literacy in early childhood, lesson ideas and literacy materials. Sign up for our newsletter to get more free materials and the latest updates on Ollie Apps!

What's New in Version 1.1

iOS 7 compatibility changes

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Customer Reviews

Good app but needs to fix

Thought the app was great until I got to the sight words. The orientation kept switching back and forth between seeing the word and writing it. That was frustrating for me as a parent, can't think how it would be for my kids. The other issue I had about sight words was that there was no where to practice writing the word together. You can just write each word as individual letters. Really Wanted to like it. If those issues ever change I would download it again.

Not 100% Accurate with the way they are taught

The capital Y isn't correctly shown. Many of the lowercase letters have "trace over" the lines instead of pick up the "pencil". Which perhaps that is taught somewhere but not where I live. And lastly I'd love to add my son's name to the My words section however you cannot make a capital letter to start those words.

My son is enjoying making letters. I hope these things can be fixed. :)

Intro to letter formation

This ap is perfect for introducing your child to letters, sounds, and letter formation. My daughter is 3.5 and loves it!

In regards to the review about a bug that won't let you get past letter m--it's not a bug, buying the full version gives you access to all the letters and sight words. Totally worth $2.99 to me!

Ollie's Handwriting & Phonics for iPad
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  • Free
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 51.3 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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