Hooked on Phonics

Rating Hooked on Phonics - 5 out of 5 - Best Rating 5.0

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 3+
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About Hooked on Phonics

Hooked on Phonics is digital reading program based on the phonics learn to read system. It promotes reading development and is suitable for children 3-7. 

Early learners enjoy songs, games, and interactive lessons in this literacy app that teaches print concepts, phonological awareness and phonics word recognition. Hooked on Phonics is available to download for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android devices and for desktop computers (Windows and Mac)

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Hooked on Phonics Review

What is Hooked on Phonics

Hooked on Phonics is an award-winning reading program designed to help children aged 3-7 learn to read and build confidence. The app features over 250 songs, videos, interactive games, reading lessons, and ebooks, and is based on research and approved by the Children’s Reading Foundation.

If you are like many parents, you'll be searching for Hooked on Phonics reviews online to make the best choice before you spend your hard-earned money.

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Does Hooked on Phonics have a free trial?

Yes! Hooked on Phonics offers a 7-day free trial that provides unlimited access to all the premium content.

How much does Hooked on Phonics cost?

After the free trial, Hooked on Phonics costs $8.99 per month or you can get a lifetime subscription for $49.99.

Hooked on Phonics Features and How it works

Hooked on Phonics is an award-winning program filled with videos, songs, and games to teach your children to read. The songs are fun and catchy, the stories are funny and easy enough to make any child fills he/she can read it. The program is very fun, engaging, easy to use, and very effective. 

Hooked on Phonics contains 36 progressive lessons featuring leveled learning activities that cover key building blocks of reading: short vowels, simple plurals, simple compound words, beginning and ending consonant digraphs and blends, two-syllable words, and sight words. Each lesson concludes with a story specially written with the words just learned. Your child will read this book, proudly, on their own.

Progressive Phonics Learning

With Hooked on Phonics, the learner practices phonics skills from basic to advanced. The learner progresses from blending phonemes, to reading a short story. The service has been built up from a long-established program that also includes the option of adding other resources, physical ones, to the Hooked on Phonics experience.

Interactive Word Challenges

After the songs come simple games or challenges where letters are put into words in one of a variety of ways. It is probably a stretch to call these games, although they do use the presentational styles of games. They do, however, provide the necessary practice and require the right type of thinking. Also, being without time limits, lives and the other aspects of games that create pressure, they can be played by adults and children together joining the best of real-world support with virtual teaching resources.

Progress Tracking

Hooked on Phonics tracks children's progress and gives them awards to mark their success. This lets you see how they are doing and marks milestones for which children can be proud.

What we liked about Hooked on Phonics

Hooked on Phonics delivers a huge amount of content to support children as they learn. Songs teach about letters' sounds and how they form words. These aren't just typical 'children's songs' but are in a variety of genres including some especially catchy ones in a blues/rock 'n' roll style.  Do be warned that you might find them playing in your head for some time to come even when the Hooked on Phonics is off!

Games and songs are employed in classrooms and, through the use of phonics apps like Hooked on Phonics, children can carry this on independently or with his/her parents.

Playful and Informative Animations

The songs play over animations that are both playful and informative. The letters are matched visually as they are sounded. This is a great way of providing a lot of practice in a short time and in a way that holds the fickle attentions of young children.

Tailored Learning journey

Hooked on Phonics is aimed at children taking their first steps in learning how to combine letters into words but Hooked on Phonics also caters for those at a pre-reading stage who do not yet know the letters at all. There is a section called the Big Reading Show designed for children at this stage. Together, the main content and this section can guide your children right through the early stages of reading ability.

Efficient Resource Management

With the huge amount of data-hungry resources in the Hooked on Phonics it either had to take up a large amount of your device's storage or use an on-demand system. Revisiting activities has no delay but when you visit a new one for the first time there will be a short wait that will depend on your download speeds.

Integrated Children's books

Each step is rounded off with one of the hundreds of included simple children's books. Each one is written to make repeated use of what has just been learned. They can also be browsed separately if you'd just like to share a book with your child. The stories are simple and each is clearly constructed to further phonics learning but the fun illustrations bring the tales to life for children.

Final Verdict: Hooked on Phonics Review

Hooked on Phonics is a reading program used by over five million families. It includes an app that can be synchronized across all your devices, as well as books and workbooks that can be bought separately. It’s aimed at children aged 2-8 (or children reading between a Pre-K and Second Grade level).

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App Details

  • Rating: 5
  • Devices: Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Category: English / Literacy
  • Topics Phonics
  • Ages: Kindergarten Apps (3-5 Years), Primary School Apps (5-7 Years),
  • Skills: Academic Relevance, Reading
  • In-App Purchases: Offers In-App Purchases
  • In-App Advertising: No
  • Publisher: Hooked on Phonics

Download Hooked on Phonics

You can download Hooked on Phonics on your iOS or Android devices from the app stores. Download the Hooked on Phonics app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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