The apps on this list are mostly for iPad and/or iPhone, because I don’t have an Android device, sorry. If you know of a good phonemic awareness or synthetic phonics app that’s not on this list, please let me know about it so I can add it.

Phonological and phonemic awareness (no or few letters)

Learning sounds and letter recognition/formation

Word-building, spelling and reading for young children (mainly one-letter spellings and three-sound words)

Decodable books as apps

Apps containing consonant and/or vowel digraphs and/or consonant blends

Apps which work on more complex spelling concepts and patterns

Movable alphabets/grapheme sets




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    1. alison Post author

      I have heard of GraphoGame, it’s something Stanislas Dehaene talks about, but I didn’t realise it was an app, I thought it was just a computer game. Will get it and add it to my list, thanks heaps! Alison

  2. Andrea Meck

    Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.|

    1. alison Post author

      Thanks, Andrea. I noticed something was wrong yesterday and asked my webmaster about it, but he has a back injury and has been confined to bed. He is working on it now. Sorry for this but he is usually able to fix things quickly. Alison

  3. Monique

    Thank you so much for providing this comprehensive list and your article Top Early Literacy Apps 2020 they have been very helpful in helping me compile a list including web addressed for parents. I have acknowledged the time and effort it has taken you by referencing you and your amazing blog in the document 🙂

    Is Forest Phonics still available in Australia? I have tried to source it and I get an error message stating the it is only available in the US. Thanks again. Kind regards Monique

  4. Celia

    Great list. Are any of these apps suitable for older kids? (12 years, but still has trouble with complex spelling)?

    1. alison Post author

      Thanks Celia, I’m not aware of many good apps for older kids needing to work on complex spelling patterns, sorry. Are you talking about teaching about prefixes, suffixes, Latin roots and Greek combining forms? The app Sound Literacy has quite a few of these that can be used in word building. The app Word Up From Spell Links has lots of good stuff, though it’s a bit American. The Tricky spelling apps have lots of difficult words but the format is a little annoying for kids who would prefer to be on Fortnite. There are some funny ones with dragons in them called Greek Latin and Latin which contain words from Latin and Greek that often are related to words in English. Reading Doctor Letter Sounds 2 might be useful if vowel spellings are an issue, the same goes for Oz Phonics 5 and 6. Syllable word search might also be of interest. Sorry I can’t think of others but I hope that gives you a start. Alison


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