New Mobile App Helps Kids Practice Phonics
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In K12’s latest mobile app, Robot Bingo, 3-5-year-old kids face off against a friend or a robot buddy to practice letter sounds, beginning sounds, ending sounds, and sounds in words. They’ll follow instructions like, “Choose the picture whose name begins with the sound /p/” or “Choose the letter that makes the sound /t/” to stamp the game board in the chosen pattern to win each game.
Geared toward preschoolers, Robot Bingo supports early literacy by providing interactive phonics and phonemic awareness practice.
Robot Bingo is now available on iOS and Android devices, both mobile phones and tablets, including Kindle Fire. The following features make the app appropriate and fun for very young learners:
- Play against a friend or against a robot!
- With nine different games and four game boards available in each game, kids have thirty-six unique opportunities to play and practice sounds.
- Customized play allows kids to choose players, games, game boards, and colored game stamps.
- Each game can be replayed, so kids can choose their favorite games over and over.
- All games include colorful illustrations and animation that make them fun and inviting.
- Audio support and consistent game functionality empower kids to play independently.
Robot Bingo is an element of Embark Online, which is an engaging online program that helps prepare young children for kindergarten. This exciting pre-K learning experience allows learners to explore more than 800 interactive online activities, including games, videos, songs, stories, and more. These activities are designed to actively engage children while fostering their natural propensity to learn through exploration.
Robot Bingo is free for unlimited play of 3 games. To unlock all 9 games, there is a one-time $1.99 parent-gated in-app purchase.
Let us know how it goes! Tell us what you think of Robot Bingo. Send your comments and suggestions to [email protected]. Also, follow K12 on Facebook and Twitter and visit the K12 Mobile Applications page to stay informed about the latest products.
My professional background includes instructional design and content writing. Prior to my work at K12, I designed technology-based educational products, as well as published thirteen supplemental math readers. Since 2007, I’ve been part of K12’s Instructional Design team where I’ve contributed to the design of award-winning, web-based elementary programs in math, language arts, phonics, remedial reading, social studies, and science. I have also provided instructional design guidance on several of K12’s mobile apps, including K12 Timed Reading Practice, K12 Read Aloud Classics, Hidden Picture, Robot Bingo, and Boat Adventure. (Early in college, I also spent one day as a telemarketer of long-distance phone plans. I quit the next morning and didn’t even bother to pick up my paycheck.)