Ivan Sysoev

PhonoBlocks is an app similar in design and purpose to SpeechBlocks. However, the blocks in this design are not letters, but sounds of the language (phonemes). While the sound of a letter in English changes depending on the word the letter is in, phonemes behave consistently in every word. Therefore, it might be easier for children to master usage of phoneme-based blocks, opening the avenue for early “writing”. Playing with phonemes is likely to help building phonological awareness (the ability to distinguish and manipulate the sounds within the words) - the key component of early literacy. When competence with phonemes is acquired, phoneme-to-letters correspondences may start to be introduced. PhonoBlocks is part of our exploration attempting to find out what designs facilitate early forms of meaningful writing.