It can be tough to find the best reading practise app…
Want your stir-crazy child to practise their reading?
Then you’ve plenty of (perhaps too much?) choice. Indeed the Guardian reviewed 20 educational apps!
So this comparison of traditional books versus the various technologies out there, aims to help you make an informed choice.
And the best bit?
There’s a free bonus at the end…
Free stories to read in the educational app we’re sure is the best way for children to practise reading at home and at school.
Introducing Fonetti – the reading practise app
Fonetti makes reading fun!
It’s a great way to help a primary school child practise reading because Fonetti is:
- Digital and easy-to-use
- Has the major bonus of interactive reading
- Being increasingly adopted by primary schools (schools can optionally assign kids books to read at home or in school and track their progress)
Fonetti actually listens to your child read.
So, how does Fonetti work?
Think reverse Karaoke, but for speech more than song.
It’s actually more intuitive than you think.
Think of training the speech recognition app in your phone to listen to a whole story as your child reads aloud.
Fonetti’s proprietary speech recognition engine does just that and changes the colour of each word (black to green) when each word is pronounced correctly.
Fonetti works like this:
Children choose a story and start reading aloud.
When they finish a book, they win rewards, stars and fanfares!
When children say the words correctly, the words turn green.
If they get stuck, they double-tap the ‘tricky’ word to hear it spoken aloud.
Sounds more complicated than it is – and kids pick it up in a moment.
Check out Fonetti in the brief video below:
Do the books on Fonetti meet the UK National Curriculum?
There’s an easy way to tell which reading practise app is best.
And it’s as simple as looking for a logo:
The UK Government’s Department for Education’s Hungry Little Minds programme provides a quality mark to apps that an independent educational panel believe have good educational value.
Where you see their logo, you know a learning app has been endorsed by them and is an approved platform.
Approved educational apps – do they help a child learn to read?
Both phonics heroes for early readers of learning sounds, and Fonetti, for readers of all levels and abilities – are approved educational apps for children to practise their reading.
Fonetti helps a child build confidence with independent reading.
But what about the different formats like eBooks or audiobooks?
How is Fonetti better than other learning apps for kids?
Fonetti supports every reader individually and allows them to read at their own pace.
It never gets frustrated with them.
Sharing and comparing?
Yes, you can have four users per app, so siblings can share stories as they would if they chose them from a library.
Fonetti keeps you informed with what your children are reading:
You’ll receive regular updates that tell you:
- how long they read for
- which stories they’ve read
- the number of times a book has been chosen
- and what words they’ve struggled with
It will also tell you if they’ve reached a new reading level. (Tick!)
Fonetti can recognise readers speaking English as an additional language, those with dyslexia and SEN.
You want that BONUS right?
It’s FREE to sign-up for Fonetti (payment card needed on sign-up) and there are always free books available (tick!)