Veritas Press now offers their Phonics Museum program as a homeschool phonics app and both my 3-year-old and my 7-year-old are really having a blast learning with the app. I could not be happier with the Phonics Museum App.
We recently received the Phonics Museum App for review and the kids have been having a great time learning with it. We installed it on our iPhones and got started right away. It was easy to install and set up the kids accounts, an annual subscription allows you to add 3 kids to the account.
My kids love when I allow them some screen time so it was easy to convince them to work on the app. And once they did the app they realized how fun it was and asked to do it each day, sometimes more than once a day 🙂 And if my older one was playing, the little one was right there trying to see.
With over 900 games and interactive activities, there is plenty to keep your children engaged. There are fun, short videos, catchy memory songs, pictures, and games. There is definitely something for every type of learned. The students explore art and animals, history and games all while learning the rules of phonics and how to read and write.
Each lesson has a variety of activities, songs, and videos. When the child starts his or her lesson, he “gets on the elevator” and goes to the floor he is working on for lessons then walks down the hall in the museum to the art picture he is working on. Don’t worry, they can’t forget, it is a bouncing art piece and there are locks pictured on the lessons the student is ready for yet. There are several lessons on each letter and sound. Each lesson has several lessons within the lessons that are a mix of videos, stories, reading, writing, and games. They begin tracing the letters right away to work on writing as well as phonics.
The lessons are intuitive to use. We did have some glitchy moments in a couple of games but a quick reset made it better. I know this is a new app and I’m sure these glitches will be working themselves out. The lessons alternate video with games. The videos are very short, which keeps the attention of even the youngest of learners.
The lesson videos are very colorful and fun. You can see by the below picture that they are eye catching. Being short makes them easy for the student to stay engaged.
The games are also colorful and easy to use. My kids both liked the catapult game and the frog games.
The letter tracing was easy to understand and worked on proper handwriting formation. The letters were similar to some of the manuscipt letters we have learned, which have a little cursive touch to them so they are more fluid letters to learn and easier to work with in an app by tracing.
Overall the kids loved working through their lesson on the app. I did not have any issues getting the kids to do their lesson daily. We tried to do it every day, even though it was summer because it was short and kept them engaged. This would easily be something that could supplement or give you something to do on busy days when you don’t get to other lessons. I will keep having the kids do these lessons daily. I think they are great!
I liked that the app was alternating learning and songs with interactive learning games and practice. And if the kids need more practice, or liked a game, they can go to the free game section and play more games to keep practicing. And if the child need help in the app, he can push the question mark a cool knight appears in a puff of smoke to help. He will also give a tour if you are in the lobby. The question mark repeats the instructions if the child is in a game and needs to know what to do again.
If you want to change users, the user change is protected by a simple math problem so you don’t have to re-enter a password. I did this for the kids when they changed users. The app did remember who was on it last. They trophies earned are saved and the kids can see that as they complete lessons. And the lessons also greet the child to ensure you and the child know they are on the correct user. I thought that was great.
Overall, it is a great app and I love that the kids are enjoying learning with Phonics Museum App.
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