The Phonics Museum App is available through iTunes for both iPad and iPhone.
How We Used Phonics Museum Homeschool Phonics App
It was very easy to set up profiles for both Monkey and Booger, but the app did freeze and then crash the first time Monkey tried to play. We discovered that the app loaded faster and generally performed better when we freed up more memory on our device. It still loaded slowly at times, but it didn’t crash again.
I had intended for both Monkey and Booger to use this app since they both fall within the recommended age range. We quickly learned that this app was too much for Booger (3). The app uses a mastery approach, so you can’t move forward until you complete each activity correctly, or watch the video in its entirety. This was frustrating for Booger, because he would start a video, get bored and go back out “to the museum” and then not be able to do anything but go back into the video, which would then start over from the beginning (rather than where he left off). Because of this, I didn’t require him to use the app, but let him use it as desired as “free play” time.
With Monkey, I had him use the app as part of his school day and required that he completed a certain amount of activities or time period. Most days, he would happily use the app longer than required and quite a few times he requested using it during his free play time.
Monkey’s Review (in his own words)
I think that it is pretty cool that some times there’s only one lesson and other times there are more lessons. It’s pretty cool! I think other kids would like this app, especially when you get to the second floor. It taught me about all the letters in the alphabet and words too! It helped me with learning word families like -at and -ap. Percival is really cool because he’s a talking suit of armor. Miss Biddle is really funny! She says really funny words sometimes, like FLAB!
One thing that I didn’t like is that sometimes it takes REALLY LONG to load. It was sometimes frustrating. If it could load faster then I would like it even more!
Overall, we loved using this app! Even with the slow load times, this is a high quality engaging app. While using this app, I saw a huge jump in Monkey’s reading ability and confidence with reading. This wasn’t the only reading program we’ve been using, so I can’t attribute that completely to Phonics Museum, but it definitely helped! We will continue using this app!
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