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Sound Literacy is an instructional tool for tutors and teachers.

For help on how to customize Sound Literacy to meet your needs be sure to visit our blog.

Sound Literacy is the first iPad app that brings your letter tiles in to the 21st Century. It is NOW being used in 19 countries across the globe and growing quickly! Spread the word and integrate Sound Literacy into your curriculum.

***Named one of the 12 Best Apps for Special Needs of 2012 by Teachers with Apps***
***Featured on Mashable***

Sound Literacy provides a teacher, tutor, speech therapist, or parent a tool for enhancing literacy lessons. Sound Literacy 2.0 gives maximum flexibility to customize the tile sets to match the needs of a particular curriculum or an individual student.

Sound Literacy is not a game. It is not programmed with an auto correct feature nor is it created to take the place of an instructor. It is intended to be an instructional tool that facilitates interaction between a teacher/tutor and a student. Skills and concepts must be guided by an instructor.

Sound Literacy can be used in conjunction with any curriculum that emphasizes phonemic awareness, phonological processing, or morphemic word building.

Sound Literacy features:

• Blank tiles for counting, ordering, and manipulating the graphemes or any other word part

• Tiles organized in pantries and ready to be pulled onto the workspace for reading and spelling words

• Elkonin boxes can be added to hold tiles in place

• Six specially designed ladders for building and comparing phonemes or spellings

• Consonant and vowel phoneme maps

• Popovers on the sound maps indicate various ways to spell each phoneme; spellings are ordered from the most common to the least common

Use Sound Literacy to enhance any word study program!

Visit our blog for more information and ongoing discussions on how to improve Sound Literacy.

Have fun studying words!

**Please note that at this time Sound Literacy does not include the phoneme sounds on the Sound Maps. We are working to put this in place.**

What’s New

Version 2.5

You can now copy/paste tiles in the Tileset Editor

Ratings and Reviews

1.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

Road Not Taken ,

Problem with latest update

Help! No longer able to access the application tiles since the latest update added the "blank" screen. Opening the application brings you to a blank screen with no option to do anything. Please advise.

Appsforhomeschooling.com ,

Never Lose Tiles Again!

What We Liked:

SoundLiteracy was (and is) something of a Godsend for our family. We use All About Spelling and All About Reading - scripted programs that use a structured Orton-Gillingham approach to teach children phonetically. Both of these programs rely on color-coded letter tiles that are used to demonstrate spelling and reading techniques with phonics.

However – trying to keep track of the physical tiles can be a challenge in a family with many small children. Little fingers just can’t seem to resist the pull of those little colorful squares! I’ve had to make replacements several times out of colored paper and magnets. Never again! The letter tiles in SoundLiteracy perfectly meet our needs – we can adjust the colors to match those used in our program, write on the screen for dictation of spelling words, and I never have to hunt for tiles anymore! We use SoundLiteracy several times a week; I just grab the iPad and go.

My daughters sometimes like to build their own words on the screen and to play with changing tiles to make new/different words, but the app isn’t game-like at all. When I asked them to rate it, they give it high marks as a teaching tool, because it does what it does well and they can get their lessons done with mom on a digital device while the lessons stay hands-on and interactive with the virtual tiles.

I know this app is on the pricier side, but it saves me so much time, energy, and let’s face it – anxiety. It’s worth it for me, and it sometimes goes down to $19.99 (which is when we purchased it).

Because the app is flexible and open-ended you can use it to teach any phonetically based program with these tiles even if you use a different approach than we do. I’ve taught reading phonetically with A Beka and SoundLiteracy would work for that program as well. There are even ladder workspaces that would work very well with Sequential Spelling. If you teach reading and spelling phonetically, I’m sure this app would work well if you like to use letter tiles for a hands-on component of your lessons. Older children who need hands-on approaches can also be taught word roots, prefixes, and suffixes with the included tiles along with your lesson plan of choice.

What We Didn’t Like:

The app doesn’t include an option to have the letter tiles make their own sounds at this point – it’s an entirely silent app, so you’ll have to provide the sounds yourself.


SoundLiteracy has proved to be an invaluable tool in our family, making the integration of hands-on letter-tile based phonics activities in reading and spelling stress-free in our home. Compatible with any phonics program – particularly those inspired by the intensive Orton-Gillingham system of phonograms, this app ensures that you’ll never run out of, or lose a letter tile again.

K45/6324!8 ,


I am dyslexic and love this app!

App Privacy

The developer, 3D Literacy, LLC, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

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The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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