Reading with Fonics – App #Review and #Giveaway

Moving to a new country is a fascinating experience. Moving to a new country with your kids is a whole new world. Our 5 year old started this year what they call in UK “Reception”, the first year of her Primary adventure. Behind we left all those fears from the very first day of school, those tears from not only hers but mummy’s also… She is embracing every day and developing in all areas so well. We couldn’t feel happier for her, to be honest.

Although there is one thing we thought it would be our stumbling block, not being native English speakers ourselves, and that is PHONICS. In our languages, Spanish and Portuguese, kids learn to read and write using different methods, not by sounding the letters out; so we knew that we had to share that pathway with her and learn how to read the phonics along with her.

One of our many attempts has been through play scenarios, like the one we created on this video where she pretends to be the teacher and we are the students.

It works great for us cause she has fun at the same time she reviews the sounds.

But now that she is getting to another level and needs to recognise also consonant and vowel digraphs…you know, those two letters that make one sound… (I looked that up in Google! 😛 haha) things get harder and you need more resources. Luckily for us not too long ago we were approached by the people behind the app Read with Fonics.

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As they state on their website “Readwithfonics.com is a website based online reading program designed by a teacher to help children learn to read in a more fun and engaging way. Play fun phonics games and systematically learn the 44 phonetic sounds of the English language. By turning phonics lessons into phonics games, students stay engaged longer with a higher level of concentration than traditional resources.”

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This translated into the words of our 5 year old is ” I love the green little monster! it’s so cute!”green alien

So this green little alien helps the child to go through the different stages. I was quite surprised when she first tried it out cause I thought it would be more simple but she really needs to pay attention, which is good because it helps her to be focused on what she is doing.

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I like it when a kids app is educational at the same time than entertaining. It can be quite hard sometimes to find a safe “screen option” for your little one but I think Read with Fonics will be one of our resources to turn to specially during this Easter break. We cannot allow 2 weeks full of YouTube Videos! so we better fill out her time with the good stuff.

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Read with Fonics also gave us the opportunity to offer our readers a giveaway with 2 winners that will have full access to all the stages. So don’t miss it out and enter the competition. It’s quite easy and you will have many chances to win!

Read with Fonics Giveaway

*We were given full access to the app for the purpose of this review but opinions have been honest and our own.

kidloland

Playing with Kidloland app – Review and Giveaway

Having a 5 year old who has such a creative mind and wild spirit makes it hard to entertain, if on top of that, we add an 8 months old baby boy whose curiosity takes him to the most dangerous places, such as plugs, sharp corners or bed edges, then finding something that can get them both distracted for a while is a definite success!

That’s why when we were approached by the Kidloland team giving us the chance to review their app we said YES right away. 🙂 This Nursery Rhyme, Songs, Games and Activities app, for those of you that haven’t heard about it before, is a 0-5 years old kids app that has more than 95 classic nursery rhymes, ABC phonics, 45 stories of all sorts, more than 300 educational activities, 24 toddler and baby games, among many other surprises…

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At home we are very conscious and careful of how much time in front of a screen we allow the kids to be. We’ve learnt that from past mistakes, must admit. Not only that but on my mobile phone J knows she can only have 2 apps installed. We learnt that as well from making the mistake in the past of downloading anything she wanted and ended up with an addicted undecided toddler! So I told her some nice people gave us this app for her to try and play with it. You know why I know she loved it? Because she hasn’t asked for another one, and it’s been on my phone 3 weeks in a row, that is a complete success for us! She is not that much into Rhymes, but enjoys much more the Games and Activities. Every once in a while she practices the phonics, which is great because she just started Reception at school.

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The baby boy, who is 8 months old,  is more into whatever the big sister is doing, but the bright colours, fun characters and lovely songs definitely get his attention too. I can play the “Read me a story” option and he will be entertained for a while, basically until he decides he can “eat” the phone and starts putting it in his mouth! He also loves dancing along with the rhymes. He’s got some interesting moves must say.. haha

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Anyway, we loved the app! everyone is happy, us as parents, too, because we can feel safe that they’re not watching anything inappropriate or not recommended for their age. As I said J hasn’t changed it for another one yet, so there you go, a win win situation 🙂

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If you’d like to download the app you can find it on the following links:

What are your favourite kids apps? Have you tried Kidloland yet? What are your thoughts?
** We were given a 6 months subscription for us to be able to try and review the app but opinions have been genuine and my own.

********************************* Giveaway *********************************

As part of this review Kidloland is giving away FREE 3 months subscription to 3 lucky winners!
(Subscription details: £3.99/ month , £18.99/ 6 months , £29.99/ year)
You can enter the competition here:

Kidloland app 3 months free subscription Giveaway

Good luck!! 🙂

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