Real life has gotten in the way of blogging in the last few months but I'm back again with another review!
I was contacted by Easylearn and asked to try out their new app "Froggy Match It" and see what I thought of it. The short answer is, I like it a lot!
I am at the stage of the year where I'm writing reports and having conversations with some parents about doing a little bit of work over the summer with their child. This app certainly seems to be an ideal way of doing that, for phonics anyway!
There are 8 levels, each covering a different set of sounds.
As you can see, most of the sounds covered in Jolly Phonics are included in the game so it would be ideal for Junior, Senior Infants, First or even Second Class if a child needed some further consolidation of their phonics.
Each level consists of three different activities. The first activity is matching the words to the pictures.
The next activity is spelling out the word by dragging the sounds in the correct order
The final activity is using the keyboard to type in the letters to spell the word.
There are 10 rounds within each activity so the children get plenty practice with each unit of sounds.
There is also a game they can play - "Fly Game", where they build up credits by playing the levels and then help the frog to catch as many flies as he can.
Where this app differs from others on the market I think, is in the extra material they provide for free on their website.
For each level of the game, you can download and print a set of worksheets to further consolidate what the children have been learning in the app. Maybe it's the teacher in me but I really like this feature because it means the children are also keeping up with a little bit of writing over the summer months!
At the end of each set of worksheets are some dictation sentences that the parent can do with the child to check they understand the sounds that were being covered. As we know from the classroom, dictation is an excellent indicator of what the child knows and what they might need to go over again.
There are cute little certificates that can be printed off for the end of each level as well.
You can view and download all the worksheets for each level here.
Below you can see a sample of the Worksheets for Level 3 of the app
The creators of the app are also working on bringing out E-books to complement the phonics being covered in the app which will be available through Amazon. Click here for more information.
I think this app has huge potential for young children to work on their phonics in a fun, informal way. As I mentioned above, it would suit children from Junior Infants up to about Second Class. The Junior and Senior Infants are unlikely to be able to complete every level of the app but they would certainly benefit from working through as much of it as they can!
There is a box in our lovely report cards about "How you can further support your child's learning." This usually gets filled with "Encourage X to keep reading over the summer" or something along those lines. This year, I have put in the name of this app as an option for parents if they would like to do some phonics work with their children over the summer.
I have looked at the app from the point of view of recommending it to parents who want to work with their children at home but it can absolutely be used in a school setting as well. The app can cater for up to five players so I could see myself using it for Station teaching next year where one station would be a group of children working independently on the level that is appropriate to them.
If I had to sum up this app, I would say it's simple but engaging, well thought out and very well resourced - definitely worth trying out!
The app is available on both Android and iTunes stores. You can download a free version which will give you access to Level 1 of the game so you can try it out and see what you think! The full versions are available for €4.99 on the App Store or the Play Store. Details here.