Do you have a preschooler that’s mastered their letters and sounds? Are they ready for the next big step to pull those skills into reading? Then its time to give the Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read app a try and what better way to try it than for FREE. Using a series of steps that include music, games, lessons, and stories before you know it your child will be in the reading spotlight.

Building a strong reader begins with a series of five steps in the Learn to Read system. An attention grabbing musical number takes center stage to show off the talents of  letter A and present its sound. But A doesn’t act alone, there is a supporting cast to build the stories. Unit 1 is a three part mini-series where A is joined by the consonants T, N and P.  They team up to teach how to make a segment blend of -at, -an, and -ap.  Kids can touch other letters to pop them into words like cat, fan and map. Now its time to rehearse those words and use them in a final production storyline. Special helper sight words make guest appearances too.

This system isn’t just for first time readers either. Some children struggle with understanding how blending and segments work into the early elementary grades.  I liked the tap and slide approaches used in this app. For example “l” and “ap” enter on opposite sides of the screen and say their sound. The physical motion of sliding the “l” over to “ap” and listening to them speak together to form the word “lap” can help children who are kinesthetic learners. I know that some children with print disabilities find that making a physical connection to a cognitive process helps them remember.

Like most good series this free introduction left me wanting to see more. The program includes additional books for each unit and other units which are all available for purchase. At the $3.99 unit price I would have liked all of the books to be incorporated, since their plot is very simple. That said, I think the Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read series has what is takes to help your child climbing to the top as a reading star.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.

7 Responses

  1. Steve Clayton

    Anything we can do to give kids a leg up needs to be done right now. It just seems like they’re already behind by 1st grade! The competition for grades and schools etc. is crazy.

    We can also recommend Hooked On Phonics as a GREAT way to get that advantage. Every little bit counts!

  2. Marie C.

    I agree with Steve, we should all do what we can to help kids out. Reading is the key to success because with that we can do anything.

    It appears this app is basically a complement to the ‘Hooked On Phonics’ program. Would that be a fair assessment?

    Marie C.

  3. Trisha

    I got this for my daughter and she loves it! She gets so excited when she earns the stars. She has dsylexia so this has really helped her out.

    • JoDee

      Glad to hear she likes it. As the parent of a child with a print disability I love when I find reading opportunities wheere she can feel successful. Best wishes!

  4. Hope Adams

    HOP is the best program designed exactly according to the requirements of kids. My younger daughter is on homeschooling and i love to teach her. she is getting stuff quickly.My 3 years son has already started reading with impressive fluency.


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