For those of you who loved Simplex Spelling Phonics 1, get
ready for the next level up.
Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 covers the most frequently used words in the
English language, but excludes those already covered in Phonics 1.
The goal of Simplex Spelling is to teach spelling and
reading skills by focusing on syllables and phonological awareness. By breaking down words into its
simplest parts, children really learn how words are put together, and they can
better understand spelling and the pronunciation that goes along with it.
Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 is bigger and better, with over
650 high frequency words in 54 lessons.
Simplex Spelling uses their own “reverse phonics” approach, in which
words are broken down into syllables both auditorily and visually. When a word pops up on the screen, each
syllable is spoken clearly as the syllable drops down, which provides the
visual feedback. This approach allows
students to spell words by sounding them out. Additionally, you can touch the “hint” button to break down
each syllable into phonemes, or each individual sound that makes up that
Each word includes a box for each letter that makes up that
word. The app will speak the
sound, and the student chooses which letter makes that sound. Once you finish each letter, you have
spelled a word, and the app speaks the word while highlighting the
syllables. As with Phonics 1, this
app shows a red background if the chosen letter is not in the word, a blue
background if the letter is in the word but in the wrong space, and a green
background for the correct letter.
This visual representation helps aid learning and promotes success for
Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 includes over two years of
spelling curriculum in one app.
One great advantage of Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 is that it includes a three-letter
minimum for each word and introduces compound words; this feature follows the trend of key words in the English language that all have at least three letters. It also focuses more on syllables, such as the schwa sound,
accented and unaccented syllables, open and closed syllables, as well as
explaining consonant doubling and the silent “e.”
The app includes settings for American, British, and
Canadian English spelling. Phonics
2 also allows teachers and parents to choose how many times a word is spelled
correctly before it is called “mastered,” and students can see a list of words
they have missed. Simplex Spelling
Phonics 2 allows for 40 user accounts, which is ideal for educational settings.
Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 is an intensive app, and parents,
educators, and students get a great deal.
The app covers hundreds of high frequency words, and the app improves
literacy, spelling, and phonemic awareness, all of which are necessary skills. Through an engaging game atmosphere,
children will love testing and improving these skills. Simplex Spelling follows a progression
and allows for mastering of spelling skills, so it can meet children on their
individual levels and needs.
Visit PyxWise Software online for more information about
reverse phonics and the Simplex Spelling approach. Phonics 2 celebrates its official release May 25, 2012 -- there will be a special sale with Moms with Apps for $0.99 and the app is regularly priced at $4.99. PyxWise is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of developers that promote family-friendly and high quality apps for kids and families.