What is it
The Joy of Reading by Seven Academy is an app for teaching children the basics of reading – now available in British English. Through animated characters and interactions children are encouraged to recognise initial sounds and letters, trace letters, identify initial consonants, spot rhymes, blend, differentiating between short and long vowels, recognise key words by sight and read! Children have to complete each stage before they can progress to the next – the app builds on previous knowledge and skills.
The parent area allows parents to monitor children’s progress and contains an in depth parent handbook.
Tested on an iPad
What our team of testers said
"All the animals are funny" - Boy aged 4
"I liked listening and seeing if I knew the words" - Boy aged 4
"All the animals talk, I like that" - Boy aged 4
- Helps with letter formation (through tracing)
- Encourages initial sounds recognition and helps child spot rhymes
- Supports leading to read through phonics and blending
- Enables children to differentiate between long and short vowels
What our experts think
We liked the way in which this app built on children’s knowledge and understanding of letters and sounds; it had a clear systematic approach. We also liked the parent section which allowed parents to find out the educational content behind the app and monitor children’s progress.
It would be even better if...
We would have liked an English version using an English voice and words (some of the items used in the app used American terms which English children may not use/ recognise.) However, we gather a version with English voiceover is launching very soon so watch this space…
Note: There were some American spellings in the parents’ guide
- Brands: Edoki Academy
- Key Features:
- No 3rd party adverts
- No in-app purchasing
- No internet access required for core features
- Child Restrictions: Yes- appropriate features restricted
- Languages available:
- Apple version: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
6.0 or later.
- App Types: Educational Apps
- Types of skills developed: Learning to read
Learning to write
Speech, language and communication skills
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