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Read4Kids - Kids learn to read in 20 easy lessons

By Olivier Romanetti

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Read is a 20-lesson program designed to help kindergarten and elementary school age children (4–8 age range) acquire reading skills in a fun and progressive way.
Read draws on two of the most popular methods currently in use for teaching to read in English: the PHONICS METHOD and the WHOLE LANGUAGE METHOD.
Most education experts now agree that a COMBINATION OF BOTH is the key to SUCCESSFUL LEARNING.

- Read is designed for optimal adaptability to the child's pace of learning
- Read uses natural-sounding voices in a variety of accents (American, British....).
- 20 lessons, 120 exercises, more than 150 interactives stories, step-by-step progression.
- No previous requirements: Read is aimed at children learning to read for the first time, and takes them to the 2nd-grade level in reading.
- The letters are introduced based on their frequency in the English language rather than their place in the alphabet. From lesson 1,
the child will be able to read short sentences then original stories that make sense, making for a truly rewarding reading experience.
- During the learning stage Read uses special symbols to help the child identify specific sound units or letter combinations.
- Read's colorful, simple yet appealing graphic design and kid-friendly interface help children get and stay focused.
- Read keeps track of the child's progress and fosters motivation through a fun and colorful achievement system.
- Read includes educational tips and detailed contextual help menus for parents and teachers.


Letter Tracing
Using his finger, the child traces over the letters.

How Do You Spell It
The child listens to a sound then picks the correct answer among several written sound units.

Choose the Right Word
The child listens to a word then picks the correct answer among several written words.

Listen and Write
The child drags and drops sound units in order to write the word she has just heard.
The ability to construct a word from distinct 'building blocks' is one of the fundamental skills required for fluent reading,
and a central component in the Phonics method.

Match Words and Sounds
The child matches a sound with its written form in a kind of auditory game of concentration.
This is especially effective for learning sight words, a pivotal element in the Whole Language method.

Interactive Writing Pad
This activity allows the child to 'construct' words and sentences, or even invent made-up words—by freely drag-and-dropping individual letters (lower- or uppercase), letter combinations, and numbers to the interactive writing pad, which reads them aloud as she writes them.
That's the magic of writing!

Stories and Questions
Stories range from a few words in the first lessons to fully-blown original narratives in the later stages.
Each story comes with a comprehension test consisting in one to three questions.
Making sure that your child fully understands what he has just read is essential: being a reader is not just about sounding out the written word but also of course getting the general meaning of a text.
Associating decoding and comprehension from the beginning encourages the child to pay close attention to and enjoy what he's reading.

Learn the Alphabet
This activity allows the child to learn or review the alphabet using both letter names and letter sounds, lowercase and uppercase letters.

More Stories
A collection of original or classic children's stories that open up the world of reading for the child.
These stories, which are longer than those from the lessons, pave the way for the child to read her first books.
The child can touch any word to hear it pronounced.
She can also play the audio for the whole story while following the words on the screen.

Sight Words and Phrases
This activity familiarizes the child with over 100 sight words and sight phrases among the most frequently used in the English language.

What's New in Version 2.1

Fix Major Bug with iOS 10
New name: Read4Kids
New icon


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Customer Reviews

Great app but hard to understand certain words

This is a good app but could easily be a great app but for the fact that certain words are very difficult for my four year old to understand. The voice in the app, which sounds very similar to Siri, is sometimes difficult for even me to hear. "Pot" sounds like "pod" for example and sometimes it takes the both of us a couple tries before we get the correct word. This results in game rewards being taken away which is really frustrating for the both of us. The voice reading is also very robotic and off-putting. All in all a decent app for $3, but it could be a lot better.

Awesome Concept, But Speech Hinders Execution

This has the potential to me by all-time favorite reading app. I'm a kindergarten teacher with a degree in EdTech. I have tried hundreds of apps in my classroom to help my students master letters and sounds on the journey to reading fluency. This one could easily be the best, were it not for the robotic pronunciation riddled with errors. My students were constantly asking me to listen to words, because they couldn't tell what the voice was saying. In the final position, d and t sound exactly alike. Need a voice for your app? I volunteer! If you get the voice fixed, this app would be stellar.

Teaching my daughter to read

My daughter attends a montessori school and this app is consistent with how they are taught in school. She is doing great so far. I think it’s very useful and helps with letter and word recognition. My only complaint is the voice is a little hard to understand. She sounds like Siri so a parent should be present to help repeat the word so your child can understand.

Read4Kids - Kids learn to read in 20 easy lessons
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $2.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.1
  • Size: 34.6 MB
  • Language: English
  • 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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