Phonics Museum is a fun, engaging app designed to introduce children to beginning reading skills while having fun.
We don’t currently have a child this age, so I created a child, Rose, to “play” the game. Parents can add multiple children, so each child’s progress is tracked separately. The avatar choice selection is odd – a caucasian boy OR a girl of color. It seemed strange to me that there weren’t more choices. Many children’s apps I’ve reviewed allow the user to select different aspects of their character (hair, clothing…). Hopefully, phonics museum will at least offer a great selection of avatars.
The app takes children through short video “tours” of a museum where children are introduced to letter sounds through images of age works. Videos are both animated and include live animation.
The app provides nice, clear directions given by a knight (in a tone that you won’t mind your child emulating).
There’s also a “new” alphabet song – which I always appreciate. It has the same letters, of course, but a great new, singable tune that you (hopefully) will enjoy as much as (maybe more than) the original.
There’s a lot of passive learning here, and to be honest, it would not have been a first choice as a learning tool for our boys when they were little. However, it is something I would have preferred to have available for electronics play over what we had in the dark ages of pre-iPad times. Like many parents we limited (and still do) screen time. I can see how this would have been a much better option than many electronic games we had for out boys. I really like how the app has children using developing motor skills to learn letters – they trace shapes and, ultimately, letters with fingers, much the same way that we finger paint.
The app features two weeks’ free trial, but to get that, you have to commit to a subscription.
If $9.99/monthly is something to think about at your house (it is here), then be sure you know how to cancel a subscription before you start the trial.
(Click here if you need help). In addition to Apple’s support on changing subscription settings, Phonics Museum has a link in its own settings that will take the user to the place in the app store where the subscription can be edited.
One thing that didn’t thrill me – quite soon after starting my free trial, I received an automated email. I’m not a big fan of subscribing to apps and discovering I’m now on someone’s email list… However, this email did have a very clear, and very convenient unsubscribe link on the bottom. Anther app our kids play does have really helpful (for the parent) emails, so in all fairness, it would be worth giving these a chance. Still, it’s helpful that unsubscribing is easy if they turn out not to be helpful.
You can find Phonics Museum in the App Store for iOs devices. Learn more on their website at Phonics Museum.
I was contacted via Ravuit regarding the opportunity to review Phonics Museum. The campaign indicated that I would receive a free sample; however, as far as I can tell, the free trial I used to review the app is available to anyone who downloads the app. This post contains no affiliate links, and I received no compensation whatsoever for this review.