Bo’s School Day by Heppi Apps – Review

Bo’s School Day by Heppi Apps – Review



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What we love…

great app for helping children understand the sequences of getting ready for “big kid school” as well as the steps required

What we’d love to see…

more academic ties such as story time, numbers, letters, coloring and other activities typically seen in a kindergarten classroom

Summary

Perfect app for Moms and Dads to use with their “big kids” as they help them get ready to start school in the fall.

Our Rating

Bo's School DayBo’s School Day is a new universal app for iOS by Heppi Apps.  The app features Bo the Giraffe as he begins kindergarten and walks you through the steps in order to get ready for school.  The step by step process includes: packing a lunch box and backpack, singing the “days of the week” song, making music, playing tap music outside, have lunch, building with blocks, music class, cleaning up toys/classroom, leaving to go home which are completed in sequential order or you can skip to your favorite site.  The app includes voiceovers in English, German and Dutch and the English one is very well done indeed!  The app is designed for young preschoolers through young elementary school children as is a wonderful way to introduce the concept of school to a child who will be attending for the first time.

This is a fantastic app for teaching kids the steps necessary in order to get ready for school and was very helpful as I’ve been preparing my soon to be kindergartener for “big kid” school.  We used this app to discuss what we need to do in order to get ready for school in the morning which included packing lunch and a snack as well as getting ready for school.  He also loved building with blocks which he told me reminded him of building with Lego’s as well as cleaning up the toys because it was a game.  The graphics in the app are bright and colorful and invite children to tap on them and test out what can be done – either by their own exploration or the spoken directions.  In preschool, my son used to dress “Weather Walter” and pick out the right outfit for him based on the weather outside – this was a fun way to set the weather but it would be even more fun if you could pick accessories like a rain hat or a winter jacket based upon the weather forecast for the day.

In terms of enhancements – I’d like to see a getting to school either via car or bus routine as many children arrive in different manners and it might be helpful for them to understand.  In addition, having a “saying goodbye to a parent” but knowing they would come back is another suggestion.  I’d also like to see more academic materials such as numbers, letters and the ability to build bigger towers via pattern matching to the app.  It would also be great if a calendar function was included so you could count up or down to specific dates at school like “100 days of school” or a holiday or other events like that.  Other scenes to include would be an art scene with markers, crayons and art supplies as well as a story time circle where you could hear the teacher read a story to Bo and his classmates.

This app has helped my son start looking forward to his kindergarten year and helped me realize that he will be familiar with the routines in getting ready and going to school.  I know we will be looking at the app many more times as we gear up for school which starts next week.  This app is currently on sale for today only for $0.99 before going up to $2.99 so be sure to grab it before the price goes up.   There are other great apps featuring Bo including: Bo’s Dinnertime, Bo’s Jigsaw, and Bo’s Bedtime all of which work on sequencing routines.   These are also great expressive speech therapy apps as you can encourage your child to describe what they are seeing and doing while playing with the app.

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Bo’s School Day – Heppi

Bo's School Day
Bo's School Day
by Heppi

Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, 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
Size: 27.72 MB

$2.99USD

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Bo’s School Day – FREE Bo the Giraffe App for Toddlers and Preschoolers! – Heppi

Bo's School Day - FREE Bo the Giraffe App for Toddlers and Preschoolers!
Bo's School Day - FREE Bo the Giraffe App for Toddlers and Preschoolers!
by Heppi

Category: Education, Puzzle, Games, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, 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
Size: 18.23 MB

$FREE

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

 

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 Kangaroo Jump! Leap! Bounce! Music Education for Your Kids By Aedify

Kangaroo Jump! Leap! Bounce! Music Education for Your Kids By Aedify



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What we love…

bright engaging app designed to teach children fundamentals of music in an interactive way

What we’d love to see…

a sticker or badge after completing each animal activity successfully as well as the ability to automatically move on to the next skill after the current one is mastered.

Summary

Currently FREE!  This app provides hours of educational music content and teaches them the fundamentals of music.

Our Rating

Kangaroo Jump! Leap! Bounce! Music Education for Your Kids By Aedify is a iPad compatible app designed to teach your children about music using a variety of characters including a kangaroo, lion, elephant, fish tank as well as information about Saint-Saens and the music Carnival of the Animals.  The app was designed by Aedify also mentioned in the app as “Toothy Buddies” and you can learn more about the company here.  Each animal focuses on a different type of musical skill including rhythm, strong vs light beats, similarities versus differences.  The app is designed like a book in “pull tab” style where you pull on the various animals and tabs within the story to practice different skills.  It includes an integrated “how to read the book” as well as an explanation for parents on how to best use it with their children.

The app features word highlighting for each of the animals as they pages are read from a story and at the end of the story the child is challenged to either “listen to the music” or “play along” which is nice because children can choose which one they are most comfortable with.  There is a pocket card on the page which explains what your children are learning by playing the games such as making the kangaroo hop.  Each of the animals focuses on a different skill set and teaches them something using an interactive child friendly approach.   The top also includes a navigation bar which allows you to move around among the pages – it would be nice if a parent section allowed you to hide this so the youngest users wouldn’t accidentally touch it.  The app features music, bright engaging graphics and a story that really draws children into playing along.

In terms of enhancements, it would be great if children could earn a sticker or some soft of badge after successfully completing the activities with each animal to show them that they have accomplished the skill.  Currently the stories end – and don’t automatically move on to the next animal – which would be nice if you could turn it on  especially if the child masters the skill.

This app is currently FREE and contains no in-app purchases (IAP), advertising or third party links.  It is available in English and Chinese and provides hours of educational music content for children to help them learn.   This app is a great one for teaching the fundamentals of music and my preschooler really enjoyed playing with it.

Kangaroo Jump! Leap! Bounce! Music Education for Your Kids
Kangaroo Jump! Leap! Bounce! Music Education for Your Kids
by Aedify

Category: Education, Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 130.18 MB

$FREE

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 Gorilla Band 3D Storybook with Music by Wasabipro – Review

Gorilla Band 3D Storybook with Music by Wasabipro – Review



 

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What we love…

Ability to delay interactions, each gorilla plays multiple tunes, engaging and entertaining, dance and music videos, professional narration and word highlighting.

Criticisms…

“Gorillas” look a rather like monkeys

Summary

This app is sure to delight and entertain young readers, but it also has a message – that learning to play music can (and should be) fun !

Our Rating

 

iTunesArtwork@2xGorilla Band is the latest app written by Graham Nunn and brought to the app store by Australian developer Wasabipro. They also created the popular Larry Lizard series of apps and Ten Giggly Gorillas; the gorillas are back in this app, but this time they make their appearance in full 3-D animation and star both in a story and music videos. The app is child-friendly as it has no in-app purchases or adverts, and the external links are in a childproofed. The story has read-to-me and read by myself options. The narration is very well done by an Australian narrator and has word highlighting as it is read. This is an adorable, interactive, 3-D animated tale, accompanied by jungle sound effects and beautiful music.

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The story is set in the jungle, where a gorilla named Melody McCann runs the Jungle Music School. Miss Melody it teaching two students – a pianist and a violinist, but neither are very enthusiastic students. Nearby another gorilla is playing the drums, and one playing the guitar joins him. Miss Melody invites the four to start a band, recognizing that whatever style of music they play, the most important thing is that they have fun doing it. Others playing the saxophone, double bass and conga drums gradually join the students; and they learn how much fun music can be. One more gorilla wants to join the band, but she can’t play any instruments, so Miss Melody encourages her to become the band’s singer. At the end of the story the band takes to the stage and performs their theme song.

One of my favorite features of the app is that each gorilla will play a variety of different tunes on their instrument, each new song, and additional dialog, is triggered by tapping on the gorilla, and the child needs to let one finish before they can start the next one. There is also an option in settings to stop any of the interactive elements from working until after the narration on that page is complete. This is a great idea to prevent children getting carried away looking for interactions, and missing the story. As well as the story the app contains two music videos, a dance video and a game.  The dance video is on YouTube, and so has a parental lock. The music videos are The Gorilla Band Song – which is very catchy, and The Sleepy Song, which is good for bedtime. In the game children practice matching the correct instrument to its name or sound. This app is very well done and is sure to be very popular with pre-school and early elementary school-age children. The “Gorillas” in the app are very cute, but I do have to say that even though they have no tails they do remind more of monkeys than gorillas.

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Overall this is a delightful app, engaging and entertaining, my children thoroughly enjoyed it. I can foresee hoards of preschoolers all over the country singing and dancing along to the videos! I think option to delay the interactions is a great idea, and one I’d like to see in more apps. This app is sure to delight and entertain young readers, but it also has a message: that learning to play music can, and should, be fun – you need to practice but you can have a lot of fun doing it!

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Gorilla Band Gorilla Band by Wasabi Productions

Price: $3.99 USD

**Listed by Apple as a 'New & Noteworthy' app**
**Awarded QED Seal of Approval for 'Quality, Excellence, Design' from the Digital Book World Awards, 2014**
#1 iPad Book (Australia) & ranked in 153.

 

Appstore link : Gorilla Band 3D story book with music – Wasabi Productions – Wasabi Productions

NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
 Smarty Shortz Stylus by Smarty Shortz LLC – Review

Smarty Shortz Stylus by Smarty Shortz LLC – Review



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Review by Alison

What we love…

the ease of adding and removing grippers which allow you to customize one stylus for multiple people

What we’d love to see…

a smaller version for younger kids who may not be able to hold a full #2 pencil stylus

Summary

This is a great stylus which will grow with your child as they age.

Smarty Shortz Stylus by Smarty Shortz LLC is a stylus designed for kids! This stylus includes grippers which help children develop the correct grip when tracing letters in both print and cursive on your devices. The stylus pencil resembles a number two pencil with the exception that it has a rubberized tip instead of a graphite tip and it has a similar feeling to a full #2 pencil. The stylus came with three different grippers all of which can slide on and off to meet the various needs of the user.

The individual grippers for this stylus really help you to customize it to your child’s grip style based upon their age. I liked the stylus for apps other than just handwriting ones as well because rather than using his fingers, my son used it and tried to color in a picture on the screen and was able to do it with far more precision than he was normally able to do. In terms of using it with handwriting apps, my son was able to use the stylus and attempt to copy the letters and numbers on the screen. There were definitely times he was more successful than others, but he kept trying and I saw improvement the more he used the stylus. This stylus could be used in occupational therapy to help children work on their grip of a pencil while doing fun activities on the iPad or other devices which would provide positive reinforcement for using it.

It would be great if this stylus was offered in a smaller style for younger children – who may be too young for a full #2 pencil similar to a “pip squeak marker style” where it’s a marker but just in a smaller package. It would also be nice if there were a smaller version I could put in my purse for times when we are out with just my iPhone instead of the full iPad and he wants to use it.

The stylus pencils are available for purchase by both parents and professionals. They offer a school “classroom kit” which includes 12 stylus pencils, 12 grippers, the Smarty Print app and instruction cards. The kits can be purchased for the 2-5 classroom and as a “Kindergarten and older” classroom kit. Individual styluses and pencils can be purchased by parents to help carry over learning from school to home or just to provide practice for children in using a stylus versus their hands on touch screen devices. This is a great stylus which will grow with your child as they age. You can buy the stylus online at http://www.smartyshortzshop.com/.

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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