Some of the most creative ideas are often the most simple, and this is definitely the case with The Singing Alphabet from Ministry of Letters. The app consists of just the 26 letters of the alphabet on a single page – but what a page! Each letter comes to life when tapped, sounding itself phonetically as part of a mini-rap. Learning about letters and words will never be the same again.
Each letter of the alphabet in this Special Alphabet Service (S.A.S.) has its own distinctive character with its retro visual appearance, style of movement and musical features. Animate a letter by tapping, listen, copy the phonetic sound in the gaps, dance to the beat, scat with the music or watched entranced while all the other letters tap their feet. Each letter will continue to sing until it is tapped again.
But why stop there? Explore whole words, learning to spell and creating your own upbeat compositions at the same time. Press a pencil at the bottom of the screen to show selected letters or words. The weekly spelling test will never be a chore again as words are turned into jazz compositions.
The Singing Alphabet should appeal to a wider age range than just early learners. In addition to learning phonetic sounds and practising spellings, you could compete with other members of the family to find the longest word – a greater challenge than you might think as each letter can only be used once in each word.
Is it a phonics game? Is it a word builder? Is it a music mixing desk? Is it fun? A resounding ‘Yes’ to all of the above. This is definitely an app that every family with young learners must own. Ministry of Letters has created an outstanding resource as part of its manifesto of inspiring children to love words and stories.
Age range: 2 – 8
Educational value: phonic awareness; word structures; spelling; rhythm and beat; pitch; investigative learning
Fun rating: 5/5
Educational rating: 5/5