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Both the App + Practice Packs and Learn to Read Boxed Kits start at the Pre-Reader level, introducing letter names and letter sounds as a foundation for reading, so your child does not need to know their letter names or letter sounds to begin. Fun songs, simple stories and practice activities will solidify your child’s skills around recognizing letters and their sounds as they master the alphabet.

There are many reasons to purchase a lifetime subscription to the Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read app. Here are just a few:

  1. It allows your child to go at his or her own pace and not worry about completing the lessons before the subscription expires.
  2. You have the app forever and you can install on as many as 3 different devices using the same account.
  3. It’s perfect for families with multiple children who are at different reading stages. Rather than rush your younger child to finish the lessons before the subscription expires, the app will be there waiting for your child for whenever he or she is ready.

The Hooked on Spelling program will teach your child basic spelling skills. Although spelling lessons are not included in the Learn to Read program, leading research shows that phonics instruction has been shown to improve spelling skills.

If your child is between the ages of 3 and 8 and reading below a 3rd grade reading level, he should be ready to use this program, either to get ahead in his learning or to improve his reading skills.

Hooked on Phonics is a powerful program for children who are just starting to learn letter names and letter sounds (approximately Pre-K or age three), and children who are struggling (or need a little boost) to master reading skills all the way through early 2nd grade. Our Learn to Read boxed kit program runs a bit longer, through the end of 2nd grade, while the App and App + Practice Packs program runs through early 2nd grade.

If your child has not yet mastered the alphabet and letter sounds, our Pre-reader section is the right place to begin. Both our App + Practice Packs and our Learn to Read boxed kits begin at the Pre-K level. You may start your child at any level of the program you deem appropriate, as well. Here is a general guide to how approximate grade levels match up with our App and Practice Packs:

When you open the Hooked on Phonics App for the first time, swipe right on the white arrows to be taken to our Pre-Reader (Big Reading Show) section. You’ll see a red curtain background; tap the Big Reading Show curtain and several tickets will appear. Your child can complete these “tickets” in any order, but you’ll want to move from first to last if you plan to use Practice Packs with your child for hands-on practice, as the packs coordinate with the App steps in order.