SOUND BEGINNINGS helps build strong phonics skills and helps develop foundational reading skills through entertaining, interactive games.

* Six learning games provide practice in phonics and reading
* Identify the beginning, middle, or ending sound of a word
* Two modes of matching: Letters to Pictures or Pictures to Letters
*Learn the sounds of the letters and how to use them

Six learning games offer practice using the sounds and not the names of the letters, 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 letter makes. Beneath the letters is a photo of a rug and an empty letter 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 respectively.

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. All audio recordings, both phonic sounds and complete words/sentences, feature a group of enthusiastic, young kids. In this way, students learn to recognize sounds, while ignoring the individual vocal characteristics of different speakers.

What’s New

Version 2.5

Review API changes

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
342 Ratings

342 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!

jimmy.jet ,

Good . Better, Best!

This is the best app of it's kind on the market---and it's free! If I am not mistaking all or most of the apps by this maker have been free. Generosity? Or, the maker must truly believe in the effectiveness of this app and insure it is in every house and home--er, rather every iPhone and iPad. Personally, as an artist and educator, I love the visuals, the pure colors, and the simplicity and functionality of the apps---very intuitive. I think this app is great for the intended age group, and I think it is great for adults who may be just learning how to read! Many thanks to Preschool university. You're on the right track to fast learning!

Learning4Fun ,

Great word analysis app

This app has children discern the sounds at the beginning, middle and end of words.
You can match pictures to letters or letters to pictures.
It is straightforward and simple in its design and yet this app is still a great educational tool.


135.1 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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In-App Purchases
  1. Sound Beginnings Deluxe $0.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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