Phonemic Awareness Games


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Lessons tracking added. More words were added. Two games were replaced.

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SOUND BEGINNINGS helps build strong alphabetic principle skills.
SOUND BEGINNINGS helps develop foundational reading skills through entertaining, interactive games.
* Twelve learning games provide practice in phonics and reading
* Identify the beginning, middle, or ending sound of a word
* Four Unique Games
*Learn the sounds of the letters and how to use them
Six learning games offer practice using the sounds, not the letters' names, and lowercase instead of uppercase letters at the beginning, middle, and end of words.
Feature Highlights:
SOUND BEGINNINGS includes six interactive games, where players match the correct letter/sound to the first, middle, or last sound of the word identifying a pictured object. The first three games, in order of increasing challenge, ask the child to select the correct letter/sound for the beginning, end, and middle of a word. For example, finding the first sound of a word, the following lowercase letters appear at the top of the screen, which is in landscape orientation: r, q, y, s, and j. By touching any letter, the user can hear aloud the sound that the letter makes. Beneath the letters is a photo of a rug and an empty box next to it. Touching the picture allows the player to hear the name of the object out loud. Players can touch the picture and each of the letters as many times as they like before dragging a letter down to the empty box. If they have chosen incorrectly, the game lets them try again without any break in the flow of gameplay.
This matching Letters to Pictures mode continues through the app's first three games. Using the example above, in the first game, players must select "r" as the beginning sound. In the second game, players would select the "g" as the ending sound. And in the third game, players would choose the "u" as the middle sound. Users, parents, and educators can vary the difficulty of each game by specifying three, four, or five-letter words. Additionally, rounds can be set for 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 matches each.
The last three games are identical to the first; except now, players match Pictures to Letters. For example, four photos are in a row across the top of the screen, including a: kangaroo, fish, ball, and plate. A large, lowercase letter "k" is below with an empty picture box next to it. In this example, players would select the kangaroo as the photo matching the first sound of the word. In the last two games, players must drag photos to match the end sound and the middle sound.
Created by a team of educators and experts in early childhood development and education, and tested with preschool children to ensure maximum fun and learning potential, SOUND BEGINNINGS features the outstanding user interface found in all Preschool University apps. The educational games offer entertainment and incentive and employ the most effective teaching methods.

What’s New

Version 3.0

Lessons and lesson tracking were added. Two games were replaced for better concept conveyance. More words were added.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
696 Ratings

696 Ratings

LAR26 ,

Nice app!

This is a very simple app, which I like. It has a few bells and whistles to motivate the kids but not too much that it forgets it's an educational game. I like the options you have and the pictures are very cute.

Being a reading teacher, there are a few things that I would add or change:
1. In your sequence of levels, I would put ending sounds before middle sounds. Vowel sounds are harder to hear.

2. When you say the word, it would be nice to have the word segmented. Maybe the could be a hint button the kids could push if they couldn't figure it out and then the word wouild be segmented into phonemes. c- a - t

At any rate, it's a cute app as is but I would love to see the above suggestions implewmented into the app. Thanks for your hard work!

Dr. Cheesman ,

One of the best!

Sound Beginnings is an outstanding app. PreschoolU is one of the best developers for research-based reading apps. They produce the most accurate and well-designed phonemic awareness and phonics apps available on the market. Because the voices can be adjusted for male, female or child, they are equally suitable for people of all ages.

Donnadida ,

Help learning beginning letter sounds.

This is helping our grandson letter sounds and improving his vocabulary. Thank you.

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