Duolingo, known for its apps that teach you other languages, has a new iOS app that you can download. Only this one is for your young children and will help them learn to read. The best thing about Duolingo ABC is that it is completely free. But to begin with, it is in any case intended for the youngest children.
We went ahead and downloaded Duolingo ABC to see how good it was. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the app has no ads, no in-app purchases, and while it does ask for a parent's email, you don't have to give it up.
Duolingo starts by asking for the name and age of the child. You would think the app is tailor-made based on their likely reading skills, but that didn't seem to be the case. We specified a 7-year-old child, which puts them on a top-notch reading level (or better). The first lesson was a story:
That is far too simple for a first-class reader; this is slightly closer to a preschool level. The app continues with lessons reminiscent of Endless Alphabet, where the letters are dragged to their silhouettes to spell "Monkey") and even touch the handwriting (draw the letter M on the screen). But for children well on their way to reading, it probably won't be as helpful.
However, if your child is preschool age or has difficulty reading in general, Duolingo ABC can help. The app has over 300 lessons, and from what we could see in our limited tests, it grows in complexity over time.
And in the end the app is completely free. Free as in, no in-app purchases, no monthly subscriptions, no up-front costs. You have nothing to lose by giving it a try.
Duolingo ABC is out now for iOS and iPadOS, and the company says it is working on an Android version for the future.