Recently I had a chance to use the AbiTalk Christmas Phonics app with my kids, and wanted to share it here. I found the Christmas Phonics app to be appropriate for any beginning or pre-reader who is learning single letter sounds.
Over holiday breaks we are often looking for fun but educational ways to keep our 6 year old son with autism engaged. He is fairly picky about educational apps but hands down he loved this one.
The AbiTalk Christmas Phonics app relies on Montessori phonics and the speaker was slow and clear in a voice that didn’t aggravate his auditory sensory issues. We were able to either pick specific letters to work on or choose the random option. Essentially the holiday tree has ornaments with letters on them and under the tree are ornaments that have pictures. His job was to match the pictures with their corresponding letter on the tree. He isn’t able to read yet so we both appreciate that the app read the pictures and letters to you to remind you of the phonic sounds.
As an added bonus I actually found that he was repeating the letters and words so he was practicing listening and speaking the sounds. Once he completed the tree, holiday music started playing and the tree has really fun and colorful graphics that he was enthralled by.
The only thing I think would improve the AbiTalk Christmas Phonics app is if the app read the directions to the child. As a nonreader, he wasn’t able to independently the start the game by himself which he likes to do because he couldn’t read the directions. With this addition this app would be great for home or when traveling over the holidays.
You can grab your copy of the AbiTalk Christmas Phonics from the AbiTalk website, or through iTunes.
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