Phonics Awareness, 1st Grade Reading, by Bugbrained, offers a nice interactive learning experience based on educational standards. It's an enjoyable and effective way for your child to learn core phonics. The bugs do the teaching so it's fun and whimsical. This tutorial is totally interactive, giving your 1st grader (or anyone in need of learning to read) a chance to learn phonics and get instant feedback on how they are doing. Correct answers get immediate and consistent praise, while wrong answers simply ask them to try again. From a truly educational point of view, this app teaches how to segment and blend sounds and use vowels. There is a pre/post test section called Check Yourself that tests your child’s learning and shows you the scores. These phonetical tasks are part of the Foundational Skills for Grade 1 Students in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy. www.corestandards.org This is the first in a series of 8 apps that will be launched in 2011 to help 1st graders improve their reading and their test scores. The best news about this app? It's FREE! You can't go wrong.