Beyond Phonics Class: 6 Wonderful Apps to Enhance Your Child’s Learning

September 29, 2017

Beyond sending your kid to the best phonics class in Singapore, there are many creative and unconventional ways to encourage your child to read.

These days, smart phones and tablets provide a handy and portable means to educate your child on-the-go.

Other than enhancing what your child has already learnt in his phonic class, fun and educational mobile apps also provide a welcome distraction for the long waiting times at the GP clinic or the dentist’s or on the MRT ride home.

A Pocket-Sized Phonics Class

At MindChamps, we encourage parents to play an active role in your child’s learning development. This helps prepare them for a digitally-connected world.

Our Champs who attend MindChamps Reading programmes get to master phonics in a fascinating manner with MindChamps’ ‘Say and Sing Phonics’ in-class programmes and eBooks. MindChamps Reading is the only phonics class in Singapore that utilises specially crafted eBooks (available in Google Play and the App Store) to deepen your child’s love for reading.

The books used in the classroom are available on iPad/iPhone or Android apps, so that fun and learning can be enjoyed virtually anywhere, especially at home.

At the same time, the experience cultivates strong bonding moments between you and your child at home through absorbing stories from eBooks that encompass a catchy song, an interactive reading/ listening experience and the chance to play with integrated phonic class activities.

In addition, there is also an array of mobile apps that serve as options on top of the MindChamps ‘Say and Sing’ interactive ebooks.

Below are some recommended apps that also serve as pocket-sized phonics classes:  

1. ABC Spelling – Spell & Phonics 

Recommended for age 5 and under

A user-oriented app that was based on the experiences of game developers who have children of their own, ABC Spelling imparts knowledge through colourful cartoon illustrations and attractive games that will have tots coming back for more.

An engaging virtual phonics class that teaches the written and audible recognition of words at a steady pace, it has reaped numerous good reviews.

Toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners have been observed to quickly grasp many short words by fiddling with this app, which also allows parents and guardians to customise its difficulty setting and sends progress reports to them.

Available on iTunes and Google Play.

2. ABC Kids – Tracing & Phonics

Recommended for age 5 and under

This application that does not feature ads has been noted for beckoning kids to return to its educational playtime, due to its stimulating interface.

Meant for toddlers and preschoolers, ABC Kids provides intuitive guidance to its young users who are not only taken through the correct pronunciation and identification of words, but are also taught writing and penmanship.

A detailed app with vivid animation, ABC Kids saps battery life pretty quickly, but other than that, its satisfied users give it two thumbs up.

Available on iTunes and Google Play.

3. AGO Phonics Sound Pad

Recommended for age 5 and under

A smooth-running app that has been proven to be successful in teaching preschoolers the subtleties of reading and writing, AGO Phonics Sound Pad is uncluttered and user-friendly. Beyond basic words and single-consonant words, it goes on to explain consonant blends, digraphs, r controlled vowels, diphthongs, long vowel sounds and silent letters in a simple manner which will help your child master the basics of English and communicate effectively.

Available on iTunes and Google Play.

4. Phonics Fun for Kids!

Recommended for age 5 and under

The recipient of many gleaming reviews, Phonics Fun for Kids! uses vibrant caricatures and engaging quests to spark the knack for learning in children.

Packed with numerous levels of spelling and phonics classes, Phonics Fun for Kids! even allows young learners to go beyond the recommended level and get to know tougher words ahead of their peers.

Available on Google Play.

5. Learning Phonics for Kids

Recommended for age 5 and under

Many children have been able to learn more easily through Learning Phonics for Kids, which breaks pronunciations down to its phonetic components during its phonics classes.

An app that helps encourage learning with the help of compelling animation and instructions that are easily grasped, Learning Phonics for Kids does feature advertising within its gameplay, but does not collect personal data.

Available on Google Play.

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