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Hooked on Phonics is Highly Effective and Incredibly Fun. Nurture your child's reading and confidence with the right blend of interactive learn-to-read tools. This award-winning app is based on research, approved by the Children’s Reading Foundation, and designed in conjunction with leading educators, renowned authors, and most importantly, parents.

• Perfect for preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade readers (ages 3-7).
• Correlates to federal and state reading proficiency standards through 1st grade.
• Over 250 songs, award-winning videos, interactive games, reading lessons, & ebooks.
• Earn virtual awards and achievements.
• 100+ ebook library with stories to complement every lesson.
• Use on multiple devices – pick up where you left off, no matter where you are.
• Add multiple readers and track their progress individually.

Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read contains 36 progressive lessons featuring leveled learning activities that cover key building blocks of reading: short vowels, simple plurals, simple compound words, beginning and ending consonant digraphs and blends, two-syllable words, and sight words.Each lesson concludes with a story specially written with the words just learned. Your child will read this book, proudly, on their own.

If your child is in Pre-K, has not quite mastered the alphabet and letter sounds, or they are struggling with Step 1 of the Learn to Read program, The Big Reading Show may be a good place to start. The Big Reading Show is an exciting preschool learning program that introduces pre-readers to the alphabet and letter sounds – critical skills they’ll need to begin Step 1 of the Learn to Read program. Part variety show, part interactive game, The Big Reading Show features 13 episodes, each one an exploration of letters, words, text concepts, phonemic awareness, and vocabulary.

Over 5 million children have learned to read using the Hooked on Phonics program. Start your child on the path to becoming a confident lifelong reader and learner. Download Hooked on Phonics today.

• “[My kids] are excited and reciting stuff that they learned from Hooked on Phonics.” Joe – Atlanta, Georgia
• “Hooked on Phonics does it for you… it’s not hard. So as a parent, it’s doable.” – Alexa & Joe, parents and Hooked on Phonics customers
• “On the first day of school I got this good book, and I just finished it. And I’m loving reading.” Michael – Struggling Reader
• “I started getting honor roll in class.” Michelle – Reader 5 levels behind

Hooked on Phonics is FREE TO TRY. Step 1 of Learn to Read (includes 3 lessons), and the first episode of The Big Reading Show (Explorer Day), are unlocked and available for download immediately. Try it before you buy it, and experience the joy of your child reading their first book.

Terms of use:
- Hooked on Phonics provides a 7-day free trial, which upon completion, becomes a monthly subscription charged to the user’s iTunes account
- Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours prior to the end of the current period
- Subscriptions may be managed by the user by going to account settings after purchase
- No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period


 Free in iOS App Store


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Version History

Launched Jan 03, 2013 (over 6 years ago).

Releasing new versions every about 2 months, on average.

Mar 25
Version 5.0.26

General bug fixes to help speed and performance of the app.

Jan 07
Version 5.0.25

Various bug fixes.

Dec 03
Version 5.0.24

Fixed a bug that could sometimes prevent users from completing a lesson activity.

Oct 30
Version 5.0.23

Fixed a bug that was causing some users to have problems syncing across multiple devices.

Sep 06
Version 5.0.20

Small bug fixes to improve app performance, and updated compatibility across all iPhone screen sizes.

Aug 25
Version 5.0.19

We’ve listened to your feedback, and made some significant tech enhancements in the app including:
- Fixing the sound issue – Now all the sounds and songs and sounds in the app will play without issue
- Progress Saving – We’ve squashed some pesky bugs to ensure your data and progress will always save cross device
- Login issues – Customers who were having trouble accessing content, need to fret no more!

Aug 06
Version 5.0.18

We have made significant speed, and performance enhancements based on user feedback to ensure you and your child have the best Learn to Read experience possible!

Jun 25
Version 5.0.17

We've hunted down some bugs to help enhance your child's learn to read experience.

May 01
Version 5.0.16

We've squashed some pesky bugs.

Apr 19
Version 5.0.15

Technical updates to improve your child's learn to read experience!

Mar 19
Version 5.0.14

Technical updates to improve your child's learn to read experience!

Nov 27
Version 5.0.13

Technical updates to increase performance, game load times, and responsiveness.

Jun 29
Version 5.0.12

Technical updates to increase app performance, responsiveness, and data usage. Seamlessly track progress of 3 individual readers, and use across any device.

Dec 14
Version 5.0.11


Oct 11
Version 5.0.10

Bug fixes

Oct 06
Version 5.0.9

Minor bug fixes

Sep 23
Version 5.0.8

Bug fixes

Sep 15
Version 5.0.7

- New User Interface
- New Ebook Library
- Pre-K Curriculum called The Big Reading Show

Aug 15
Version 5.0.6

Bug fixes related to login and purchase issues

Jul 31
Version 5.0.5

Minor bug fixes

Jul 11
Version 5.0.4

Bug Fixes

Jun 30
Version 5.0.3

• 12 Brand new lessons to take your child through 1st grade reading proficiency
• Brand new word games, videos, and ebooks
• New and improved awards and trophies to earn and display
• Improved app performance and responsiveness
• New parents portal

Apr 05
Version 4.3.2

General Bug Fixes

Mar 06
Version 4.3.1

We’re always trying to improve your experience. If you enjoy the app, please consider taking a few minutes to review our app.

Oct 15
Version 4.3

Easier to use Parent Gate and minor bug fixes.

Jun 16
Version 4.2.2

Minor bug fixes

May 19
Version 4.2.1

Minor bug fixes

May 02
Version 4.2

Minor bug fixes

Apr 29
Version 4.1

Minor bugfixes

Apr 01
Version 4.0.1

Minor bug fixes

Mar 30
Version 4.0

You spoke. We listened. Welcome to the new-and-improved Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Subscription program. Now, for the same price you used to pay for a single Step, you can unlock the entire 12-Step program for a full month. Renew at any time for any length of time. Your child will love being able to explore all the Steps, lessons and eBooks at his or her own pace. And you’ll love not having to make continual purchase decisions. We've also added a section on the home screen for subscribers, which we'll continuously update with new tips and ideas to help your child learn to read . . . and learn to love reading. Enjoy!

Feb 21
Version 3.5.3

Minor bug fixes

Dec 31
Version 3.5.2

Navigation improvements

Dec 17
Version 3.5.1

Fixed several issues related to the sliding images

Dec 02
Version 3.5

Mostly just the look and feel is cleaner and easier to navigate; all the lessons are the same. We also made three changes based on requests from you:

First, we made it much easier for you to access My Words and My Trophies right from the home screen.

Those are both fun and rewarding areas for your beginning reader to play freely with words and letters and to personalize success rewards.

Second, we have added an overall progress tracker to the home screen. This should keep everyone motivated!

Third, for multi-users, the name of the current user will always display on the top left of the home screen to avoid confusion about who was the last one Hooked on Phonics.


Sep 18
Version 3.4

Aug 20
Version 3.3

Many of the updates and bug fixes you’ve been asking for… thank you for your patience!

· Multi-user capabilities… up to 3 children can use the app and never lose track of what they’ve accomplished
· The letter white board is unlocked for everyone
· A message center for important motivational and update notes.
· Better progress tracking
· A flashy new icon!

Mar 06
Version 3.2

Allows you to update to the most current version on older iPads and operating systems (iOS 5)

Feb 27
Version 3.1

This is our biggest update ever! We've added many new activities and features, and the full set of lessons, songs and stories is now available.

Now, you can buy our complete, fun and award-winning reading program:
• 9 new Hooked on Phonics units, each with 3 lessons and 3 embedded eBooks.
• 30 new Hooked on Phonics eBooks with controlled vocabulary.
• A trophy and points reward system for successful progression through the program. Points can be used to personalize the trophies into one-of-a-kind keepsakes.
• White board word and sentence-builder that unlocks automatically after Unit 4 is completed.
• Archive functionality to move units and eBooks that you’ve already completed to the cloud to save storage space on your device. (The units and eBooks can be re-installed at any time for free.)

SPECIAL NOTE: If you’ve already purchased some units and eBooks, you will still have them when you take this update without being charged again. Simply touch the “Restore Purchases” button in the upper right corner of the home screen.

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