Saturday, May 17, 2014

Phonics and Reading With McGruffy Android App Review

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LiteracySoft apps are built from the source material of the most successful education textbook of all time, McGruffy Eclectic Primer. This successful program has taught tens of millions of students the joy of reading since 1836. There are currently 4 apps to help your children become confident, independent readers and spellers.

A moms review:
We are on the go a lot!!! So I am always looking for portable educational products that the children can utilize during car rides. And of course tablets, smart phones, etc fit into that category, if they are loaded with educational apps. But finding quality, educational apps is not always that easy. About once a week I search the Android app stores for new educational apps for the children's smart phone (it's one of my old phones that is no longer connected to a network).

Recently Literacy Soft contacted me and told me about their new Phonics and Reading With McGruffey App. I was really excited because both of my children (ages 6 and 8) are really interested in learning to read right now and many of the reading apps we have tried have not been that great.

After a few clicks the app was installed and ready to use. When you log in for the first time you will be prompted to create your child's account (there are 10 account spots). The first time a child logs in they will be given simple instructions on how to navigate the lessons. There are 4 simple navigation buttons in each lesson: repeat, menu previous part and next part.

The app is multi-sensory so it's great for all learning styles. It is recommended for beginning readers and helps children reach a first grade reading level - guaranteed. It is perfect for homeschoolers, adult learners, dyslexic readers, public school children and ESL students. All of the instructions are audible and step by step so children can easily work at their own pace by slowing down or repeating material as much as they need to. Very little to no parent supervision is required.

There are a total of 52 lessons and the app includes all 44 letter sounds of English and their graphemes, 60+ letter sound animations, 400+ practice word vocabulary and 9000+ nonsense word audio dictionary,

Each lesson contains 9 parts:

-Letter Sounds
-New Words
-Phonics Flash Cards
-Phonics Blender
-Lesson Illustration
-Reading Practice
-Spelling Practice
-Sight Word Drilling

Every 5th lesson there is a review with reading practice and sight word drilling. Around lesson 37 only 6 parts will start to be used (letter sounds, phonic flash cards and quizzes are removed).

Each of the activities is fun and almost game like so children don't even realize they are learning. There are bright colors, fun sounds and cute animations. Progress is saved every time a child logs out so there is no need to worry about trying to figure out where they left off.


There are several sections for parents like user settings where you can change various things like lessons arrows, sound effects, letter colors etc. There is also a table of contents which allows you to easily skip to another lesson as well as view exactly what is covered in each lesson. You child's progress can be viewed by clicking the gear at the top right corner on the main menu. You can view the current part/lesson they are on and when you click on their name you can view their grades. If you need additional help/support that can easily be accessed from the app as well.

This is an app that the children play with over and over again simply because they want to so it gets 5 stars in my book!

Gwyns review (age 8):
I think the app is great. It is fun and I learn a lot. I am really good at the speed drill. 

Rowyns review (age 6):
I think the app is nice and I like it. The games are fun. I really like the train game.

Where to buy:
Phonics and Reading With McGruffey App as well as the other apps can be purchased directly from the LiteracySoft website or by vising the app stores.

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Get Phonics and Reading With McGuffey from the Apple App Store. Try the free lite version on iOS and iPad. Currently $19.99.
Get Phonics and Reading With McGuffey for Android on Google Play or Amazon. Try the free lite version on Android. Currently $9.99.  
You can try Phonics and Reading With McGuffey on PC risk free for an unlimited time. The first 10 lessons are free and if you like the program, register it to unlock the complete collection of lessons. Currently $19.99.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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