Rocket Speller PLUS Review (Little Big Thinkers)

What It Is

Rocket Speller PLUS is an app that sets the standard for phonics and spelling apps for kids. The app is so easy for kids to just jump right in with no directions needed. You see a picture and hear a word to spell. The letters are mixed up on the bottom of the screen, and you have to drag them to the circles to spell each word. Based on the level you are working in, you'll find audio and visual hints or be asked to spell each word in order from beginning to end. This app does use adaptive assistance, so kids are given more support when they need it and less if they don't.

What makes Rocker Speller PLUS so special is its unique and highly effective take on how to introduce difficult spelling patterns. Instead of kids only spelling words that go by the standard phonics rules, the app groups letters and models the sounds so young kids can build fun words like dolphin or peanut without having to have mastered that "e-a" says /ee/ or "p-h" says /f/.

The excellent spelling practice in the app is broken up with quick mind-break moments. After spelling three words, kids choose from a variety of colorful and creative rocket parts. This repeats until kids complete 12 spellings when they get to launch their custom rocket into the sky and play a short star collecting game. The process of rocket-building and launching is really motivating. There is also plenty of challenge and leveling in the spelling play, so your kids won't feel like they have to do something boring in order to win their rockets.

Customization of the game is extensive. Choose from a variety of thematic categories, working on just spelling by letter or with phonics, using upper or lower case letters, and set the app from level one to five to make sure the spelling play is in your child's sweet spot of learning.

Is It Fun?

This app offers kids excellent spelling and phonics practice. It is easy for kids to learn to play and features fun and engaging ways to communicate its educational message. We also like how much customization you get with this app, really making sure that it works for at whatever learning level your child is when he or she plays with it.

Who It’s For

Rocket Speller PLUS is for ages 4–8 for explicit spelling and phonics practice.

What To Be Aware Of

This app is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPad. It requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for the iPhone 5.

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  • Rocket Speller PLUS from Little Big Thinkers
  • Rated EC
  • Available on: iOS
  • Available January 24, 2013