We’ve just returned from a holiday in Cyprus – I don’t know how we’d have survived the flight* without iPads! (*gin)
But I do worry about my children’s use of electronics and try to ensure that any games they play have some educational benefit (this is getting more difficult with the Big One who wants to play Thomas the Tank Engine and Paw Patrol).
And now that he’s in Reception at school, it is getting harder to find games which are at his level – things either seem too easy or far too complex.
And, as a reception teacher myself, I find it hard to find games which help my kids learn effectively and not confuse them.
So I was really, and I mean really pleasantly surprised by the Read With Phonics game which we downloaded a couple of weeks ago.
There’s a cute little alien character who works his way through games across different islands – it’s very visually inviting and the Big One was excited to start playing!
The islands each teach progressively more complex sounds as can be seen below:
The last two islands allow children to think about choosing specific graphemes (the letters) to make the phoneme (the sound).
The Big One LOVED it! He started playing at the last island straight away (because that’s the one he happened to click on!) Each game is really comprehensive and follows the same activities – identifying the graphemes, selecting the correct phoneme/graphemes, building words, selecting a word to label a picture, reading words and matching to pictures, reading and sorting real and nonsense words and identifying the phonemes again to finish.
I really would encourage you to give it a try. In the Big One’s words – “I love this phonics game Mummy!”
All views and opinions expressed are my own.