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Phonics Genius

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 3+

About Phonics Genius

Phonics Genius is a customizable flashcard-style app designed to help kids identify letter sounds and their relationship to words. Phonics Genius is an educational app that aims at assisting the early elementary students to learn letter sounds and blends. Phonics Genius is a great resource for building phonemic awareness and is best for kids who are emergent readers with previous reading experience. 

Teacher Review

Phonics Genius is an interesting app that provides a wealth of possibilities. Here kids begin by selecting a letter or letter combination from the app’s home screen and then select whether they want the sound at the beginning, middle or right at the end of a word set. It has over 6,000 words grouped into 225 categories and has just about every conceivable phonetic combination presented in a high quality and completely enjoyable way. 

The tool has a powerful combination of phonic lessons, spelling/word patterns and reverse phonics that are indeed an important components when teaching phonics to elementary students.

One of the best ways to rapidly learn how to speak, read, and recognise words is through phonic awareness. The Phonics Genius app is specifically designed to help kids recognise and distinguish words by sounds, using fun interactive games. There are over 6000 unique words so kids should never tire of it!

Phonic Genius is not as fun for users compared with the many phonic apps available today. What it lacks in playfulness, it makes up with its comprehensive list of words covering 44 phonemes with further sounds incorporated. The app can be used in two ways, as a flashcard display and a  'find the correct word' option.

Phonic Genius is not an app that should be used with children starting out on their phonic journey but for those with a solid grasp of phases 2 & 3 of 'Letters & Sounds'. The biggest draw to Phonic Genius is that it can be completely customised to suit your needs. Pronunciation differs from UK English on certain sounds but the app allows you to record over the words. In-app accessibility features allows you to change settings such as font size, background and colour to support learners with moderate and more profound  needs. A real plus point for this application is the lack of cutesy characters usually associated with phonic resources, this can be a real draw for younger learners but not for older children with learning difficulties who see this as a step back in their learning. 

For adults there are options for customization that support working on spelling and specific sounds and letter groups with your child.

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iPad, iPhone




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One of the best ways to rapidly learn how to speak, read, and recognize words is through phonic awareness. This app is specifically designed to help students recognize and distinguish words by sounds.

This app is loaded with content. We are talking over 6,000 professionally recorded words carefully grouped into 225 categories by phonics.

Why you and your kids and students will love this app:

  • Over 6,000 unique words - this means you will never get tired of it since you always have new words to discover
  • Words are intelligently grouped by phonics
  • App supports 3 unique learning modes including (play audio automatically and proceed to next card on click or hear audio only on click and move back and forth one word at a time by swiping left or right)
  • Multiple unique game (quiz) modes from easy (2 words only) to challenging (6 words per page)
  • Phonic highlights accelerate learning - students can see the phoneme that is being emphasized in each lesson via highlights
  • Ability to add your own cards - you can add an unlimited number of new words and record your own voice
  • Add new lists - you can add and group flash cards into customizable lists which is ideal for learning
  • Fun & engaging voice artist keeps kids engaged
  • The application works both in portrait and landscape mode
  • Fully customizable font size, font color, spelling (upper case, lower case, etc.)
  • Unique continuous looping feature so you can go through hundreds of flashcards automatically
  • Customizable speed - you decide how fast to go from flashcard to flashcard
  • Infant mode - includes ability to select extra large font size and red font color (ideal for babies less than 12 months of age)
  • Don't want to teach a given word? No problem, just delete the card
  • Multi-sensory learning tool - combining audio, voice, and written words
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