Flip Phonics App is for the Birds (Angry Birds)

Phonics App for Kids

When my oldest was a preschooler, I used to buy those phonics workbooks at Costco.  Those books were completely a waste of time (I now discovered Explode the Code! which is much, much better), but they were colorful and fun.  Some of the pages required cutting out a page to make a paper version of this Flip Phonic app.  You’d slide one long piece of paper up and down and sound out “cat”, “bat”, “rat,” “fat” …  look Ma, we’re reading!

I would like to say that this was the foundation of getting my oldest reading but that’s not true.  It was her wonderful Kindergarten teacher who did that.  Apparently, writing with invented spelling by sounding out words  is a crucial part of  the learning to read equation.

So, this app came to me by way of my email box and I downloaded it but didn’t really do much with it despite the fact that my youngest is  precisely at this phonics stage.  But it’s hard to compete with the Angry Birds app which is also on my iPhone (which said youngest also found on his own, downloaded, plays maniacally, bought the upgrade himself, and continues to play maniacally.  Angry Birds is a slingshot game where you collapse various structures that get more robust — from sticks to bricks — as you advance.)

I had my youngest try out Flip Phonics; his conclusion was swift and final: “I hate it!”  It’s tough to compete with Angry Birds.  It’s not a bad app, just don’t let your children know about Angry Birds and you will be all set.

p.s.  My youngest says he wants to be an architect when he grows up.  Any chance that Angry Birds is teaching him the physics of structures?  Wouldn’t that be nice?  Then I wouldn’t have to feel like a Bad Mommy who lets her little boy have too much screen time!

To examine this app more closely at iTunes, please click on icon on top.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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