Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Read English App: Review (homeschool)

I have been homeschooling for over 7 years now!  WOW, time has flown by!  

I love using Abeka for the core subjects as referenced HERE (see my Homeschooling in Utah 101 post).  We expanded to use other things now for history (Story of the World) and Science (Harcourt), but still use Abeka for Math and Language.  As such, I spend *A LOT* of time doing phonograms and flashcards in the early grades.  With all the tricky blends and weird sounds that the English language involves, it's a wonder that we ever learn to read!  

Rachel has struggled this year with blends and reading.  Thankfully, we now have this app to help in our homeschooling!  It has a great library of sounds and blends.  It is basically a set of phonogram flashcards that a child can do by themselves.  I know how much kids love electronics and since its in app form, it will hold their attention longer than regular flashcards will!  They are the same blends as Abeka, as well as most reading/writing programs.

There are 73 letters and blends/phonograms.  Each has a page like this:

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One of the wonderful things that I love is that all the sounds are represented...for example:  The 'A' says a short A, a long A, and Ah.  All 3 sounds are represented.
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And that it is VERY customizable. 

Right now it is only available on Android.  If you want to check it out, there is a free LITE version.  If you want the FULL version, its just $1.

This app is meant to help people learn to read English by helping them learn the sounds or phonics of letters and combinations of letters in the English alphabet. The user has the option of seeing the sounds for words be sounded out or blended in the three following speeds: slow, medium, or fast. The value of this app is very high but the price is low so that many more people can benefit from it. This app could be used at home or even in the schools or other locations to help individuals learn to read English. Students who are learning English or programs such as English as a Second Language (ESL), English as a Foreign Language (EFL), and English-language Learners (ELs) or Limited English Proficient (LEP) can benefit from this app. This app can help people of all ages learn to read English.
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Total Letters and Combinations of Letters with Sounds: 73
Total Sounds: 119
Total Different Example Words: 714
Total Different Example Images: 357
User Levels: Basic and Advanced
User Level Basic: 357 Different Example Words with Text, Audio, Pictures, and Blending of Sounds
User Level Advanced: 357 Different Example Words with Text and Audio
User Customization Options
Uppercase and Lowercase Options
Contains the Alphabet, Vowels, and Consonants with Text and Audio
Support for Android Versions Froyo (2.2–2.2.3) - Lollipop (5.0–5.1.1)
Supports Phones and Tablets with Android
Content Appropriate for All Ages
No Internet Needed to Run App
No In-app Purchases
No Ads or Advertisements

91 Languages Supported:
The following languages are supported by this app: English, Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic,
Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cebuano,
Chichewa, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch,
Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati,
Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Indonesian, Irish,
Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian,
Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Maori, Marathi, Mongolian, Myanmar (Burmese),
Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sesotho,
Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu,
Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish, Yoruba, and Zulu.


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