Learn to Read Nok-Syllables by Pitruf Games is an app designed for iPhone and iPad that will help your child learn to read. It contains four mini games including syllable counting, distinguishing syllables from a field of objects (i.e. a chicken, a butterfly and a helicopter) and choosing which one has the correct number of syllables and then the object comes to life in this case the butterfly and flies away! The third and fourth activities require the child to sequencing the syllables in the correct order by choosing from a field of words. The third activity builds with written letters the word such as “rectangle” where a rectangle is shown as is two thirds of the word, you had to fill in the correct front of the word. The fourth activity requires you to build the word using a field of words such as “butterfly” or “taxi”. Each different activity has three levels and after completing the activities a tournament mode is available. The dashboard where you pick the games shows how many levels you have completed as well as allowing you to choose the level of difficulty ranging from (one to three). The app is designed for preschool through early elementary school (grade 2) age. This could be a good app for speech therapists to use as well if they are having trouble with a child fronting and backing a word as they try to pronounce it.
The app opens by displaying a series of “jugs” which represent syllables and your child has to listen to the spoken word and then click the correct number of jars depending on the number of syllables. The app begins easy with words like “two” and “cross” and moves to words like “monkey” and “investigator” as competency is mastered. I encouraged my son to clap out the syllables if he was trying to figure out how many syllables there were. The word is pronounced each time along with “guess how many syllables” and if you don’t complete it fast enough then it is repeated.
I really liked that this was an app my seven year old could use independently to practice his reading. In the app, I encouraged him to clap out the syllables if he was uncertain and that helped quite a bit in the understanding of the words. I liked that word highlighting was used within the app to show the syllables as that provided a good visual reminder as well especially if the given answer was wrong. My seven year old is only reading sight words, so it was helpful to not only have the photo of the word, but also the written word below so he could be exposed to them to practice and see the words.
In terms of improvements, I found the narration a bit mechanical which I would expect since the main characters were robots. I would like to see a way to tap on the word (i.e. monkey) and just hear the word. I also found a few spots where the language wasn’t translated to English such as the front screen – which I am assuming says “wait” while the app loads. I’d also love to see a list of the most commonly missed words that my child struggled with after completing the levels so that I could work with him on them.
Overall, this is a great syllable counting app to add to your arsenal. It helps your child expand their reading horizons and provides a simple approach to help them move forward in their understanding in a frustration free manner. The mini games are engaging and my son enjoyed playing with this app during his “reading time” activities and was able to successfully complete level one and two of both the first and the second game. There are no external links or in app-purchases.
Learn to Read Nok-Syllablesby Pitruf
Category: Education, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPhoneXS-iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax-iPhoneXSMax, iPhoneXR-iPhoneXR, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878
Size: 42.59 MB
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