Lively Letters - Phonics 4+

Phonemic Awareness & Skills

Telian-Cas Learning Concepts Inc

Designed for iPad

    • 4.3 • 108 Ratings
    • $34.99



See why this app immediately hit the #1 spot for Paid Educational Apps on the App Store! Filled with valuable program content, it was originally designed to sell for $59.99. Due to the overwhelming response, the authors have kept it at its low introductory price.

As powerful as it is fun, this uniquely engaging teaching tool is changing lives one letter at a time! Lively Letters – Phonemic Awareness and Phonics simultaneously trains critical skills for reading, spelling, and pronunciation of English language sounds. Unlike most phonics apps, this one is actually teaching, as opposed to just drilling. With proven strategies such as memory tricks, mouth and hand cues, humorous stories (English and Spanish), colorful pictures of characters embedded into letters, and songs, this multisensory, structured approach has been shown to help students of all ages and abilities, including the most resistant learners and those learning English as a second language. Targeting phonemic (sound) awareness, phonics, and speech production, the three unique teaching activities are based on the key techniques of the world-renowned, research-based program, Lively Letters, created by speech language pathologist, Nancy Telian, MS, CCC-SLP, and published by Reading with TLC. Used by over 15 million students and 75 thousand teachers globally since 1990, the Lively Letters program has been shown to quickly boost skills.

This long-awaited app, created by Penny Castagnozzi and Nancy Telian, can be used successfully on its own or as a supplement to the Lively Letters program materials. It can also be implemented by those with no Lively Letters experience. Although many aspects of this app can be performed independently by students, best gains will be made with some instructor/parent involvement. Some adults and older students can use it independently. The app includes progress monitoring and three activities: Flashing, Tracking, and Matching. Choose which letters and what types of letters to use (i.e., Lively Letters pictures versus plain letters and lowercase versus uppercase letters). Record and play back the students’ voices.

Flashing: This activity introduces, drills, and tests the letter sound associations for the 44 English speech sounds, using the multisensory cueing methods that Lively Letters is so famous for. As the chosen letters flash in, students can hear the associated sound, the song, and the story (narrated in English by Marianne Nice, MS, CCC-SLP, or in Spanish by Angela Livingston, MS,CCC-SLP, TSSLD, BE). They can also see photos of the hand and mouth cues can practice printing.

Tracking: In this activity, students engage in the powerful Lively Letters manipulative word play, (tracking) activities. Here you simultaneously train phonemic awareness and phonics, while further practicing letter sounds and speech production. Students have fun building the critical phonemic awareness skills of sound blending, segmenting, and manipulation while learning how to sound out words of increasing length and difficulty for reading and spelling. In response to prompts from the instructor or parent, the student reads and spells new words, based on letter or sound changes made by the instructor. Students can enjoy the Lively Letters “Human - Alien” game where they choose whether each word was a real or nonsense word. Some alternate uses of the Tracking Activity include receptive drilling, printing of the letters, spelling to dictation, marking letter patterns, and dividing multisyllable words.

Matching: Here’s a playful way to practice letter sound associations and speech production skills. This activity also offers opportunities to associate uppercase to lowercase letters and to transition from Lively Letters pictures to plain letters. Students have fun playing the classic Match Game, now using the letters and letter types chosen.

Let the fun begin!

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What’s New

Version 1.5.1

- Minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

Shexy52 ,

An extraordinary new app

Admittedly, I am a Lively Letters devotee and have used this enjoyable, unique and high effective program to develop reading and writing skills with students in preschool through middle school. Children love this unique, multi-sensory approach to learn their letter sounds and develop phonemic awareness skills - advancing rapidly in learning to read and spell words. Parents frequently ask me why this evidence based program is not used in their child's school to teach literacy skills!

The new Lively Letters app is quite impressive and well thought out. It is truly sensational in bringing together the basic and most important elements of Lively Letters in a user friendly electronic format that is engaging and well polished.

I anticipate that this app will be a highly successful advancing literacy skills.

I recently updated this extraordinary app and discovered that the sound quality for the unvoiced phonemes is improved and it runs with greater speed and ease. Keeps getting better and better. My students so enjoy this program and the app is the icing on the cake!

JenLee3838 ,

Great app for learning letter sounds!

This is such a great app for learning letter sounds and working on sound manipulation skills. It contains all of Lively Letter stories and sounds for each letter, plus built in activities for practice deciding and encoding. A great value for your money!

Only two things I wish were different (maybe you will consider for future updates!!):
1. I wish there were a way to pause the story or song and then start playing again in the same place you left off. Especially when the story asks questions, I would love to pause and wait for the child to answer.
2. I wish you could drag the letters directly to the place you want them in the tracking activity. As it is now you have to tap once and it goes to the final position, then you drag it to the correct location.

Overall, this is an excellent app and you won’t be disappointed!!

SBtheaks ,

Every parent and teacher needs this app

Lively Letters is one of the MOST evidence-proven programs out there. I’m a reading specialist and dyslexia interventionist and I use it with the students I tutor. To reinforce, my student’s parents use it at home and find it very user friendly. I recommended it to my friend who has a 3 year old and she says every day her daughter wakes up asking to learn a new letter! Parents, teachers, SLPs, reading specialist, can use this app easily, and your kids will THANK YOU!!!!!

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