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Phonics Genius

Phonics Genius

Innovative Mobile Apps Ltd

6,000 Words Grouped by Phonics

4.0 Ratings 1K+ Reviews

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  • Earning Points For Play Would Help Apr 11, 2018

    By Star_101✨
    hold the interest of my 6 year old son. The content is spot on (5 Stars)and there could be loads of learning going on here if my son were even just a little more engaged by earning something! Haha! Anything —Stars, points, cash to by some virtual something...he like to win things. While great content the game application of finding the right word of six words just drones on with the words, great, perfect or good job. Cool sounds would also add to raising the engagement factor as well. Great app just need some swagger to engage a savvy audience!! Engagement score (1 Star) combined with content score (5 stars) to come up with a total rating of 3
  • EA Can Make 3 Sounds Apr 22, 2021

    By Phonics Man
    There are three sounds the vowel blend 'ea' can make and this app is missing one. The vowel blend 'ea' can also make the long A sound as in the words "great", "break", and "steak".
  • Customization is a little buggy Oct 31, 2019

    By Mary Lu hu
    Customizing
  • We are enjoying it! Sep 27, 2015

    By Viviane Rochel
    My 5 y.o little girl is struggling in kindergarten because Portuguese is my first language and it is very hard for me to make her believe in my English . I bought a letter factory from Leap Frog to help "us" practice the phonics and it did helped a lot, but my little one is having a hard time putting them together. When I downloaded this app I read all the reviews and decided to give a shot. I'm very surprised on how it is divided in groups of sounds and the first group we worked was the magic e (made), Chloe got the hang of it after the fifth word and she IS reading the words in that group. The only thing I didn't like is that the audio doesn't give the child the chance to try by herself first because it says the word as soon as she clicks on it. I fixed that by putting my phone on mute and she can change that when she is done trying to ready, so it's only to check if she ready correctly. Besides that I really liked the app :)
  • Love this app to use with Abeka Oct 17, 2017

    By Godly Girls Academy
    This app is a great companion for anyone teaching with the Abeka Phonics curriculum. There are so many fun ways to study and teach with this.
  • Thank-U! Sep 6, 2017

    By KarenEDiGi
    I had a TBI 5 yrs before. Yes, your program is some to help me closer to "normal" again. Thx!!! Greg D.
  • Great Dec 30, 2017

    By 郎小妞
    Very good!
  • Very nice but needs a few more settings Sep 25, 2012

    By ksingernc
    Being able to add and delete words is great. The list of words is huge and It's easy to create your own category/word list for words You want a child to practice before reading a story. The words included with the app are at a variety of difficulty levels, which is both an advantage and a problem. I would like to be able to arrange the words according to my preference so I could group words by level and/or hide words rather than delete them. A work around is to mark words as favorites, which has its own category at the end of the list and can later be changed as a child progresses. In the game portion, I would like to be able to turn off the encouragement phrases. They are too frequent and get to be annoying. Turning off sound in settings does not turn these off. Overall, this app gives you plenty to work with in clear phonetic categories.
  • Great selection of words Oct 21, 2011

    By AAC is Me
    As an SLP, this app has a tremendous selection of words in a convenient format to use during therapy. It is also a great resource for older students in therapy because there are no pictures that would allow them to say this is "baby-ish." A suggestion for improvement word be to separate out the various forms of vocalic /r/ words into their own categories (I.e. /air/ beginning, middle, and end vs all in one folder). The only reason I did not give this app 5 stars is because i need to use the mute button. The voice is way too sing-songy and sometimes the pronunciation is off.
  • Unbelievable quality, features, and easy Dec 12, 2014

    By Retired in Chicago
    I've used this awesome app for 2 weeks and I can't believe that it is free with no in-app purchases to trick you into buying in order to use the complete set of features. I've used the ready made list for the CVC (short vowels), I've made customized list with "highlights " and category pictures I.e. The Polar Express. And I've let the children that I tutor record their own lists. If you find that you can't record, simply go into settings where you select the app and flip the button for the app to access the mike and do the same if you want to add pics to your categories; flip the button to let the app access your camera roll where you can select the pic you want to use. I love free but I would actually pay for such a useful, simple, and fun app.
  • Earning Points For Play Would Help Apr 11, 2018

    By Star_101✨
    hold the interest of my 6 year old son. The content is spot on (5 Stars)and there could be loads of learning going on here if my son were even just a little more engaged by earning something! Haha! Anything —Stars, points, cash to by some virtual something...he like to win things. While great content the game application of finding the right word of six words just drones on with the words, great, perfect or good job. Cool sounds would also add to raising the engagement factor as well. Great app just need some swagger to engage a savvy audience!! Engagement score (1 Star) combined with content score (5 stars) to come up with a total rating of 3
  • EA Can Make 3 Sounds Apr 22, 2021

    By Phonics Man
    There are three sounds the vowel blend 'ea' can make and this app is missing one. The vowel blend 'ea' can also make the long A sound as in the words "great", "break", and "steak".
  • Customization is a little buggy Oct 31, 2019

    By Mary Lu hu
    Customizing
  • We are enjoying it! Sep 27, 2015

    By Viviane Rochel
    My 5 y.o little girl is struggling in kindergarten because Portuguese is my first language and it is very hard for me to make her believe in my English . I bought a letter factory from Leap Frog to help "us" practice the phonics and it did helped a lot, but my little one is having a hard time putting them together. When I downloaded this app I read all the reviews and decided to give a shot. I'm very surprised on how it is divided in groups of sounds and the first group we worked was the magic e (made), Chloe got the hang of it after the fifth word and she IS reading the words in that group. The only thing I didn't like is that the audio doesn't give the child the chance to try by herself first because it says the word as soon as she clicks on it. I fixed that by putting my phone on mute and she can change that when she is done trying to ready, so it's only to check if she ready correctly. Besides that I really liked the app :)
  • Love this app to use with Abeka Oct 17, 2017

    By Godly Girls Academy
    This app is a great companion for anyone teaching with the Abeka Phonics curriculum. There are so many fun ways to study and teach with this.
  • Thank-U! Sep 6, 2017

    By KarenEDiGi
    I had a TBI 5 yrs before. Yes, your program is some to help me closer to "normal" again. Thx!!! Greg D.
  • Great Dec 30, 2017

    By 郎小妞
    Very good!
  • Very nice but needs a few more settings Sep 25, 2012

    By ksingernc
    Being able to add and delete words is great. The list of words is huge and It's easy to create your own category/word list for words You want a child to practice before reading a story. The words included with the app are at a variety of difficulty levels, which is both an advantage and a problem. I would like to be able to arrange the words according to my preference so I could group words by level and/or hide words rather than delete them. A work around is to mark words as favorites, which has its own category at the end of the list and can later be changed as a child progresses. In the game portion, I would like to be able to turn off the encouragement phrases. They are too frequent and get to be annoying. Turning off sound in settings does not turn these off. Overall, this app gives you plenty to work with in clear phonetic categories.
  • Great selection of words Oct 21, 2011

    By AAC is Me
    As an SLP, this app has a tremendous selection of words in a convenient format to use during therapy. It is also a great resource for older students in therapy because there are no pictures that would allow them to say this is "baby-ish." A suggestion for improvement word be to separate out the various forms of vocalic /r/ words into their own categories (I.e. /air/ beginning, middle, and end vs all in one folder). The only reason I did not give this app 5 stars is because i need to use the mute button. The voice is way too sing-songy and sometimes the pronunciation is off.
  • Unbelievable quality, features, and easy Dec 12, 2014

    By Retired in Chicago
    I've used this awesome app for 2 weeks and I can't believe that it is free with no in-app purchases to trick you into buying in order to use the complete set of features. I've used the ready made list for the CVC (short vowels), I've made customized list with "highlights " and category pictures I.e. The Polar Express. And I've let the children that I tutor record their own lists. If you find that you can't record, simply go into settings where you select the app and flip the button for the app to access the mike and do the same if you want to add pics to your categories; flip the button to let the app access your camera roll where you can select the pic you want to use. I love free but I would actually pay for such a useful, simple, and fun app.
  • Good but needs improvements Jan 2, 2018

    By Darahsagi
    It’s very helpful. However, the words change by touching the screen. This limits us to cover and teach the kids letter by letter. The words accidentally change by a gentle screen touch. It’s very annoying and limits all the good things about this app. Adding one option to change the words by screen sliding than touching will greatly help.
  • Disappointed Apr 28, 2018

    By 123talk2me
    So disappointed that the playback mode stopped working. Tech department treated me like a moron, insisting that I didn't have the sound and mic settings right on my iPad. They stopped responding when I told them all my other apps with mics and sound worked fine. A wasted product for the intended use.
  • Glitches Apr 10, 2019

    By TheRealPinkyG
    I cannot get this app to combine or copy lists as it advertised. It also asked me to rate the app FIVE times within my first ten minutes of use. It still continually asks for a rating.
  • Sound not audible - IPhone 7 - iOS 11.1 Nov 8, 2017

    By V4win
    Very very poor sound quality. You can not even hear in full volume. Disappointed. Not sure how to request refund.
  • Sound doesn’t work Jan 27, 2018

    By therealmactastic
    I have tried multiple time to use this app. The sound is inconsistent. I can’t tell if it’s frozen or broken.
  • Sound won’t play Jun 11, 2021

    By Jaroosky
    Got the app for my daughters. Have only ever gotten the sound to play once. Very disappointing.
  • no sound Jun 19, 2020

    By Hmarisela
    Despite of having a speaker icon, the app does not say/speak the words.
  • Phonics Genius Oct 30, 2019

    By asdtyiop
    Sound isn’t audible at times. Very frustrating.
  • Not working Oct 14, 2018

    By maxtokyo
    Sound doesn’t work and support doesn’t reply
  • Good Feb 2, 2018

    By JTKFanBoy
    Don't like how you make personal list

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  • EA Can Make 3 Sounds Apr 22, 2021

    By Phonics Man
    There are three sounds the vowel blend 'ea' can make and this app is missing one. The vowel blend 'ea' can also make the long A sound as in the words "great", "break", and "steak".
  • Customization is a little buggy Oct 31, 2019

    By Mary Lu hu
    Customizing
  • Love this app to use with Abeka Oct 17, 2017

    By Godly Girls Academy
    This app is a great companion for anyone teaching with the Abeka Phonics curriculum. There are so many fun ways to study and teach with this.
  • Thank-U! Sep 6, 2017

    By KarenEDiGi
    I had a TBI 5 yrs before. Yes, your program is some to help me closer to "normal" again. Thx!!! Greg D.
  • Great Dec 30, 2017

    By 郎小妞
    Very good!
  • Unbelievable quality, features, and easy Dec 12, 2014

    By Retired in Chicago
    I've used this awesome app for 2 weeks and I can't believe that it is free with no in-app purchases to trick you into buying in order to use the complete set of features. I've used the ready made list for the CVC (short vowels), I've made customized list with "highlights " and category pictures I.e. The Polar Express. And I've let the children that I tutor record their own lists. If you find that you can't record, simply go into settings where you select the app and flip the button for the app to access the mike and do the same if you want to add pics to your categories; flip the button to let the app access your camera roll where you can select the pic you want to use. I love free but I would actually pay for such a useful, simple, and fun app.
  • Love Oct 16, 2011

    By Carlynbeth
    I am teaching my 4 year old son to read and this app great! He is not ready for all of it yet, but we found lots of new words for him to sound out that he had not tried before. Love the game mode and all of the customizing options. My son does best with all caps. So I was very happy that was an option. I do wish there was a way to just un select words from a group. I hate to delete them because I may want to add them back later when he is ready. It would be nice to just be able to check or uncheck word that you want in a group like there is on some of your other apps. But even without that change this app is so useful!! We will be using it everyday.
  • Gift to educators and students Dec 5, 2014

    By Books2gogh
    This free app has just about every phoneme you can think of. It is organized in alphabetical order by phoneme and students can record themselves and then compare their pronunciation to the app speaker. It is being successfully used by our beginning readers, students with learning disabilities and English language learners. The free versions of many of the Alligator Apps have many excellent programs but we plan to get the full versions when our funding becomes available. ABC Genius, etc. are also highly recommended. Thank you for this gift.
  • Amazing! Oct 16, 2011

    By Bostonmama08
    The ability to customize this app makes it one of the best to use with my students! It is easy to navigate through and has great custom features...like the ability to record your own voice to your custom flashcards and the option of choice making when the vocal stimulus is presented. Students can choose from between two to six choices...which makes this app useful for young and intermediate learners. You will not be disappointed with this app!
  • Better than flash cards! Aug 1, 2013

    By Ms. Paula Anne
    Creating, maintaining and carrying flash cards around is, for me, an obnoxious burden. Now, I don't have to worry about any of that thanks to apps like this. They've done all the design work for us parents and teachers. I am so thankful for this huge library of phonics flash cards I don't have to worry about making and losing! I love the clear, simple design and the fact that kids can record themselves saying the word. Thank you for creating this useful app!
  • We are enjoying it! Sep 27, 2015

    By Viviane Rochel
    My 5 y.o little girl is struggling in kindergarten because Portuguese is my first language and it is very hard for me to make her believe in my English . I bought a letter factory from Leap Frog to help "us" practice the phonics and it did helped a lot, but my little one is having a hard time putting them together. When I downloaded this app I read all the reviews and decided to give a shot. I'm very surprised on how it is divided in groups of sounds and the first group we worked was the magic e (made), Chloe got the hang of it after the fifth word and she IS reading the words in that group. The only thing I didn't like is that the audio doesn't give the child the chance to try by herself first because it says the word as soon as she clicks on it. I fixed that by putting my phone on mute and she can change that when she is done trying to ready, so it's only to check if she ready correctly. Besides that I really liked the app :)
  • Very nice but needs a few more settings Sep 25, 2012

    By ksingernc
    Being able to add and delete words is great. The list of words is huge and It's easy to create your own category/word list for words You want a child to practice before reading a story. The words included with the app are at a variety of difficulty levels, which is both an advantage and a problem. I would like to be able to arrange the words according to my preference so I could group words by level and/or hide words rather than delete them. A work around is to mark words as favorites, which has its own category at the end of the list and can later be changed as a child progresses. In the game portion, I would like to be able to turn off the encouragement phrases. They are too frequent and get to be annoying. Turning off sound in settings does not turn these off. Overall, this app gives you plenty to work with in clear phonetic categories.
  • Great selection of words Oct 21, 2011

    By AAC is Me
    As an SLP, this app has a tremendous selection of words in a convenient format to use during therapy. It is also a great resource for older students in therapy because there are no pictures that would allow them to say this is "baby-ish." A suggestion for improvement word be to separate out the various forms of vocalic /r/ words into their own categories (I.e. /air/ beginning, middle, and end vs all in one folder). The only reason I did not give this app 5 stars is because i need to use the mute button. The voice is way too sing-songy and sometimes the pronunciation is off.
  • Microphone not working Jan 2, 2015

    By MTommyBoy93
    The app is great. My mom is a speech pathologist and she uses this app a lot with her students. However, I am running the latest version of iOS 8 on my iPhone and the microphone won't work with the app even after I flipped the toggle to allow it. My mom's iPad is running on iOS 6 because the app allows her to record with that version. Could you please update the app for iOS 8? Other than that, awesome app!
  • Versatile Apr 19, 2012

    By SLPSpeechie
    I like using this app in speech therapy with my article kids AND my phonics kids. The number of sound choices is great, although there seem to be some missing for what I need at times. I like the updates with the recording option and the repeating the word. Also the starring is nice for marking words the student did well with.
  • Phonics Genius Jan 24, 2012

    By Miss Mette
    Fantastic app for older children, but how about one for preschoolers? Of course, many of the words are too abstract and unfamiliar for that age, but easy, recognizable pictures of short one or two-syllable words would be great for speech therapy! I work with many preschoolers who are apraxic, and they often have trouble with vowels. Thanks for letting me make a suggestion! Mette
  • Good but overwhelming Jan 21, 2013

    By Fishing Dad
    This app is great and gives parents many options to customize what their child is learning. But, it's overwhelming with so many categories and words...especially for beginning readers. I wish there was a way to hide certain categories or words and then unhide them once your child has mastered the simpler ones. It's a good app though!
  • Somewhat helpful as examples Dec 16, 2011

    By Moonshineart
    My son can see and hear words and phonic rules that apply to his own spelling and high frequency words! If I can not find specific words that go with the rule he is working in these cards are good to give him examples. I wish I could find an app that EXPLAINS why the letters are that way or explain the rule that goes with the word.
  • Pronunciations are okay Feb 1, 2012

    By janypooh
    Tons of decks!! I like that each deck has many cards to choose from. I have some disagreements on some of the pronunciations though. The overall layout is rather digestible for students who are sight readers and have difficulty with the phonemic awareness side of learning to read.
  • Great flexibility! Feb 13, 2012

    By 1R2Ani5
    I am raising my child bilingual. I create my own cards for Spanish sounds. I am still learning the ins and outs of the app. I hope I can make flashcard stacks for specific purposes. This is a great tool for all ages. I am also a Leaning Specialist and a tool like this can be very helpful to strengthen phonemic awareness for anybody.
  • Earning Points For Play Would Help Apr 11, 2018

    By Star_101✨
    hold the interest of my 6 year old son. The content is spot on (5 Stars)and there could be loads of learning going on here if my son were even just a little more engaged by earning something! Haha! Anything —Stars, points, cash to by some virtual something...he like to win things. While great content the game application of finding the right word of six words just drones on with the words, great, perfect or good job. Cool sounds would also add to raising the engagement factor as well. Great app just need some swagger to engage a savvy audience!! Engagement score (1 Star) combined with content score (5 stars) to come up with a total rating of 3
  • No customer support Oct 14, 2013

    By Cshea245
    I was excited when I found this app because it allows my dyslexic students to get the extra practice that they need. Unfortunately, the sound does not work in the game mode for customized lists, and I make lots of customized lists. Despite Alligator Apps' professions of excellent customer support, they have not responded to any of my e-mails on this issue. It may be an easy fix, but since the company does not provide support, there is no way for me to know. I had hoped to ask parents to purchase this app for the kids' iPads, but I can't recommend it because of the poor support. A shame, because is does have potential.
  • Phonics geniou Oct 13, 2011

    By Lkjhhgfdds
    I like this app but the words should be easier...maybe grade the words for k through 6th grade. Some f these words a first grader would not know. It's can be a good app and I'll use it with higher level kids but not with younger ones. Also I could not get the font size to change. This is important as i work with visually handicapped kids.
  • VERY good app. BUT Jun 16, 2015

    By Sjoefsiuas
    The mic isn't working so I can't record new words, only write them. It would also be great to add the following features. - be able to customize the color of the highlight (I do that to help them notice the next vowel) - Be able to change the font. - be able to choose an option in which the font, order and color changes every timeso small children don't get bored easily. Great potential and an awesome timesaver. Unfortunately without the mic I HAVE to be there and read the words aloud.
  • Glitches Apr 10, 2019

    By TheRealPinkyG
    I cannot get this app to combine or copy lists as it advertised. It also asked me to rate the app FIVE times within my first ten minutes of use. It still continually asks for a rating.
  • Good Feb 2, 2018

    By JTKFanBoy
    Don't like how you make personal list
  • Tz Nov 17, 2018

    By sweetMama6
    I can't spell sings on you, I cannot believe that I can spell 6 to 9
  • Definite problems Nov 10, 2015

    By Mlls 90
    I checked out the game section where it will say a word then have the child pick the word out of 6 words, half the time the word was not even there, making a right choice impossible. Definitely not designed by a phonics genius. Otherwise it can be a valuable app for the other sections.
  • Good but needs improvements Jan 2, 2018

    By Darahsagi
    It’s very helpful. However, the words change by touching the screen. This limits us to cover and teach the kids letter by letter. The words accidentally change by a gentle screen touch. It’s very annoying and limits all the good things about this app. Adding one option to change the words by screen sliding than touching will greatly help.
  • Disappointed Apr 28, 2018

    By 123talk2me
    So disappointed that the playback mode stopped working. Tech department treated me like a moron, insisting that I didn't have the sound and mic settings right on my iPad. They stopped responding when I told them all my other apps with mics and sound worked fine. A wasted product for the intended use.
  • Sound not audible - IPhone 7 - iOS 11.1 Nov 8, 2017

    By V4win
    Very very poor sound quality. You can not even hear in full volume. Disappointed. Not sure how to request refund.
  • Sound doesn’t work Jan 27, 2018

    By therealmactastic
    I have tried multiple time to use this app. The sound is inconsistent. I can’t tell if it’s frozen or broken.
  • Sound won’t play Jun 11, 2021

    By Jaroosky
    Got the app for my daughters. Have only ever gotten the sound to play once. Very disappointing.
  • no sound Jun 19, 2020

    By Hmarisela
    Despite of having a speaker icon, the app does not say/speak the words.
  • Phonics Genius Oct 30, 2019

    By asdtyiop
    Sound isn’t audible at times. Very frustrating.
  • Not working Oct 14, 2018

    By maxtokyo
    Sound doesn’t work and support doesn’t reply
  • No sound May 6, 2019

    By MonicaGP21
    It doesn’t work on my iPhone 8.
  • No Audio Jan 6, 2020

    By Falconessa
    I can’t hear anything

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