While my 6-year-old, Catie, is learning to read, she is really enjoying the Phonics Museum App from Veritas Press. I know that there are endless phonics game apps available out there, and most of them truly are just “games.” My kids have always gotten bored with them, and I quit even downloading them after awhile. But I love this one, and so does my daughter.
She is learning to read with a mixture of resources that I have used with her 4 older siblings. The Phonics Museum App is perfect for use with any phonics program or reading curriculum. Catie plays it for about 20-30 minutes after her daily reading and handwriting. It’s the incentive to finish her assignments!
The Phonics Museum App is available through iTunes. We downloaded the app on our iPad Mini (because I don’t let my kids play games on my phone, haha).
Upon logging in for the first time, the child is instructed to enter their name, choose an avatar, and choose a character. They are then welcomed into the “museum” for their tour. It really is a museum. Catie was excited to recognize some classic works of art and to see mummies from Ancient Egypt. I really like this aspect of it. I do not care for non-stop cartoon-ish games, so the images in this app are a breath of fresh air.
The game starts at the beginning of the alphabet with “A,” reviewing the letter name, phonics sound, and writing instruction. The student practices writing the letter with their finger on the touch screen. There are games, songs, videos, and activities to reinforce learning. The child can unlock new activities and prizes by completing tasks. Here’s a sample video of Catie playing:
As she got into the game, Catie was relieved to see that Miss Biddle was really a “pretty lady” and not a crazy cartoon lady. As a little girl, she loves “pretty ladies. : ) The live-action aspect is her favorite part.
Memberships to the Phonics Museum App are $9.99 per month or $99 annually and each account can have up to 3 children. This is a great price. It’s designed for ages 3+, and at this price, would benefit families with toddlers, preschoolers, and beginning readers. As a mom of a large family, I can see the benefit to this app for multiple reasons:
- preschoolers who want a game to play will get thorough instruction in letters and phonics
- beginning readers will reinforce the lessons they’ve learned in any curriculum
- busy mamas of multiple little ones have a backup plan for those days when life just doesn’t go as planned
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Nicki Truesdell is a 2nd-generation homeschooler and mother to 5. She loves books, freedom, history and quilts, and blogs about all of these at nickitruesdell.com. She believes that homeschooling can be relaxed and that history is fun, and both can be done with minimal cost or stress, no matter your family’s circumstances. Nicki is a member of the Texas Home Educators Advisory Board and The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew. She also teaches ESL online from home. You can also find her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.