Hooked on Phonics, producer of award-winning educational tools to assist parents teaching their children to read is bringing something new to the syllabus with a brand new iOS mobile app for download in the Apple iTunes Store.
March 16, 2014 (Newswire) - The Hooked on Phonics iOS mobile app is based on the award-winning Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read system, but offers completely new reading units, features, activities, songs and lessons from their analog product creating an exciting new digital reading program. Whether using the app solo or in conjunction with the analog Learn To Read system, the mission is still the same: Enriching Young Minds and Sharing the Gift of Reading anywhere, anytime on any media platform. This month, Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read mobile app is climbing the ranks by being among one of the top 5 iOS education apps in the iTunes Store along with surpassing a company record with more than 10,000 downloads in one day by consumers.
"In the past, parents had to use more traditional methods such as workbooks, storybooks, songs, VHS tapes or DVDs and flashcards to teach their pre-kindergarten to kindergarten age children how to read," remarks Julie Temple Stan, Editorial Director of Hooked on Phonics. "With more than 90 million US residents expected to own a tablet by the end of 2014, and adding that to the number of iPhones and other Smartphone users in this nation, it's a no-brainer that educational products such as Hooked on Phonics need to be digitalized to adapt to the tech-savvy era in which we live. Consumers are responding in great numbers with more than 10,000 downloads in one day."
Millions of kids have learned how to read with Hooked on Phonics. With the addition of the Learn To Read iOS mobile app, the door is open to reach millions of new consumers who want instant and mobile access to the world's most comprehensive, used and trusted phonics-based Learn to Read program on their iPad or iPhones.
With the free version of the app, users will receive unit 1 of the full program featuring three lessons, loaded with interactive fun as it teaches how sounds become words and words become stories. It's just right for kids who know the sounds of the alphabet and are ready to take the first step into reading. In addition, one free add-on eBook is included that the child will be able to read after successfully completing unit 1.
The Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read app uses the proven "learn, practice, read… and celebrate success" methodology that has made Hooked on Phonics America's number one phonics reading program for more than 30 years. The program stands above all its competitors because it includes a total of 72 eBooks, each custom written for the lesson it follows. Every child who completes a lesson can read the book from cover to cover. This consistent reading success provides the only reward a child needs to be motivated to continue.
After unit 1 is completed for free, consumers can unlock subsequent units for an additional cost a la carte or they can unlock the full version for a total of $49.99, which includes:
- 12 Hooked on Phonics units, each with 3 lessons and 3 embedded eBooks.
- 36 new Hooked on Phonics eBooks with controlled vocabulary.
- A trophy and points reward system for successful progression through the program. Points can be used to personalize the trophies into one-of-a-kind keepsakes.
- White board word and sentence-builder that unlocks automatically after Unit 4 is completed.
- Archive functionality to move units and eBooks that you've already completed to the cloud to save storage space on your device. (The units and eBooks can be re-installed at any time for free.)
"My son Andrew was not reading in kindergarten and we needed assistance at home for the proper phonics and educational tools for him to learn while having fun," states Amy Stickley from New Jersey regarding her 7-year-old son. "Thanks to the Learn To Read mobile app, Andrew is now motivated every day to practice reading on our household iPad and enjoys the learning activities and songs the app provides. Now, when I am reading on the couch, Andrew joins me. The best feeling is when he showcases the confidence to read me a story he just learned—that is the most rewarding moment as a parent. Mrs. Stickley is also a public school teacher.
Nationally, 37% of children arrive into kindergarten without the necessary skills to start the learning process of reading and writing. This is why Hooked on Phonics is the number one at-home educational tool within this age range of 3 to 6 year olds. Now, with the mobile app, the company is hoping to triple the number of kids who have learned how to read with Hooked on Phonics.
As a result of the early success of the Hooked on Phonics Learn To Read iOS app, with nearly 500,000 downloads, the mobile app development team is working on an Android version due to launch by Summer 2014. In response to demand from teachers, Hooked on Phonics has released an iOS classroom version of the Learn To Read app for download assisting reading curricula across the USA. The classroom edition is available to schools and classrooms at a 50% discount through Apple's Volume Purchase Program.
For more information, please visit www.hookedonphonics.com .