Finding a program that helps kids read from an early age and making it fun is not always easy to do. We have tried a few over the years, and while there are many that we enjoy, there is one that stands out for someone as young as Baby Girl (2 years old). Veritas Press has come out with a fun program, the Phonics Museum App, that makes learning to read a game instead of a lesson!
The Phonics Museum App is a fun learning app aimed for children between the ages of 3-7 to teach reading in a multi-sensory approach. Your child will learn the letters, their sounds and how to draw them with their fingers as they progress through the games, videos, songs and interactions that are set up for them.
This app is currently available through the iTunes store and you will want to make sure your Apple device meets the required compatibility. We had first tried this on our iPad Mini, but soon found out that it didn’t work that well. Once trying it on the iPad Air, we had minimal issues and were able to enjoy this program.
We started this program with Little Miss (6 years old) in mind. We soon found out that even though they say up to seven, that this program was too “little” for her. She easily became bored and didn’t want to use it. But she also already knows her letter sounds. If your 6 or 7-year-old has issues with the letter sounds, this would be a great way for them to work on it!
Once I figured out that Little Miss was “too old” for this, I attempted it with Baby Girl. She is on the younger age of the recommended age, being 2 ½ instead of 3, but she LOVED it! When I found that she loved it, I rolled with it, as homeschool moms have learned to do over the years, and let her have at it!
The museum allows you to do three different things when you first enter, you can play games, check out your trophy room or do your lessons. However, we learned right away, that to play the games they must be unlocked through your lesson. This is a great way to review what you have learned later by replaying these games.
While Baby Girl is below the age recommendation, she would sit with me or daddy and we would help her with some of the tasks she could not handle on her own yet. We would sit with her and watch her work on her lesson path. Each lesson path has a combination of videos with Mrs. Biddle and games to play to work on letter sounds.
The lessons are fun and silly which drew Baby Girl’s attention to them. The videos were short, yet to the point. They not only taught us about the letters and sounds, but history and art. The songs were catchy and made the learning that much easier.
The games are based on mastery. They repeat the games, but in a different style. They work on mastering the sounds of the letters. This is where Baby Girl needed a little help. She tried a few times on her own, but was too young to do this on her own. The other games we have encountered so far are games to help “writing” the letters with fingertips. This is Baby Girl’s favorite game! She loves working on writing, and I love to know that she is getting used to the idea of actually writing the letters.
While we had a lot of fun with this app, we did notice that there were some freezing issues. Once the app froze, it would get out of the game and we would have to re-do what we had just done. I don’t know if this was an issue with our device, but it wasn’t that often, so I blame technology more than the app itself!
While I started this review with Little Miss in mind, I am glad to see Baby Girl starting some learning by working on her letters and phonics. This is something that we focus on, but love to make fun. This is the perfect way to do just that with someone her age. I don’t want her to feel like school, heck she is only 2, but I do want to get a good foundation started as soon as I can!
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