What we love…

The different ways words are shown using text, images, videos and sounds.

What we’d love to see…

Pre-loaded lessons.


A fantastic app sure to teach children new words, phrases and simple sentences from a young age to first grade.

Our Rating

Monkey Junior by Early Start is an extensive reading app which is jam packed full of ways children can discover and learn new words and new sentences. The app covers hundreds of different topics with more than one hundred phonic rules. Each course contains thousands of words, videos, images, audios and different voices.

The app is free to download and includes several lessons in both US and UK English, and French which introduce new words on different topics. At this stage, these free lessons are available across easy, medium and advanced levels except for French which is only available at easy and medium levels. You have the option to get more free lessons by rating the app on iTunes or Facebook using connect and share.

An in-app purchase unlocks the full course in US or UK English or/and French which provides you with a total of 2,463 lessons!

To give you an example, the English US version has three difficulty levels: Easy (teaches single words, phrases), Medium (simple sentences) and Advanced (complicated sentences to help enhance first grade readers’ reading fluency and skills in sentence formation). Within each difficulty level, there are five separate levels and within those levels there are 60+ lessons.


Each lesson teaches your child new words. You can either leave settings as they come standard so that each category of words is chosen or you can choose from each category (animals, wild animals, body parts, nature etc.).

Children can be shown those new words in a multi sensory way (showing a word as text, an image, a video and a sentence illustration to describe the words in some courses), using flash cards with adjustable speed, using phonics sounds, phonics games, sight words, read words by themselves or play a quiz game guessing the word by a sound or a picture which is then reinforced. Alternatively you can change the settings to show words using the multi sensory way, flash cards and quiz all at the same time.


The app includes a quick guide to show children and parents how to use it as well as a parents page which includes a general settings section, an app overview section, a content purchase section and a more apps section. Most are blocked by a parental gate which requires you to solve a simple math problem.

My three year old loves this app, we switch from English to French to learn new words. The app is very easy to use and she has no issues turning each page to learn new words, looking at pictures and videos and having a go at the games to earn new stickers.

This app is a wealth of knowledge and great for teaching children new words, new sentences in a simple yet effective way. The only issue I could find with this app is that lessons are not preloaded which means you need to download a new one each time. This can be an issue if your little one is a bit impatient and wants to keep going with the lessons. Downloading several lessons at a time whilst the little one is not using the iPad is recommended.

Overall, this is a fantastic app to teach children new words, phrases and simple sentences from a young age to first grade. This app is packed with so much information, a great resource which will be sure to teach your children something new every day.

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Monkey Junior: a homeschool curriculum, how to teach your child to read English, French

Monkey Junior: learn to read Monkey Junior: learn to read by Early Start Co. Ltd
Category: Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPhoneXS-iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax-iPhoneXSMax, iPhoneXR-iPhoneXR, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878, Watch4-Watch4, iPadMini5-iPadMini5, iPadMini5Cellular-iPadMini5Cellular, iPadAir3-iPadAir3, iPadAir3Cellular-iPadAir3Cellular
Size: 73.16 MB



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