First Words: Action Words for Toddlers and Preschool Children by Codegent – Review

First Words: Action Words for Toddlers and Preschool Children by Codegent – Review



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What we love…

Action words are introduced in sentences and not in isolation. Animations are used to illustrate meaning instead of photographs.

What we’d love to see…

Punctuation at the end of the sentences.

Summary

Perfectly designed for the younger children, this app teaches children 24 vocabulary words and 48 common action words by showing them how the words are used in context.

Our Rating

The easiest way to learn an action word is to see it in action. While there are apps that pair the actions to the words, not all of them do as well as First Words: Action Words for Toddlers and Preschool Children by Codegent. It is not only captivating and engaging, it’s also more educational than the average app.

First Words: Action Words introduces 48 action words in simple sentences accompanied by fun animations (starring 24 cute characters/toys) to illustrate the meanings of the action words. 8 of these characters (Baby, Girl, Car, Man, Ball, Boy, Cat and Dog) are included in the free app and an additional 16 (Bat, Boat, Bird, Rabbit, Fish, Sun, Duck, Woman, Pirate, Firefighter, Balloon, Policewoman, Rocket, Princess, Chef and Dinosaur) are available via a child-protected in-app purchase of $2.99.

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Even from the locked menu, children can benefit as they learn to recognize the name of each character. These look like flash cards where there is just the character (some with props) and the name against a plain background, enabling younger children to focus better. There is a good variety of animals, persons, toys and imaginary characters available here and I particularly like the inclusion of the Policewoman (instead of gender role stereotypes).

 

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From the unlocked menu, your child can tap on any character that he fancies, to hear the name as many times as he wishes. When he taps on the screen again, the character will perform an action. This is accompanied by a narrated sentence (option of US or UK English voiceover) that describes the action. Swipe to the left reveal a new action/animation and a corresponding sentence that introduces yet more vocabulary words. To move to another character, kids just have to swipe to the left/right or go back to the menu to choose.

Action words taught include familiar ones like singing, hopping, saying and less common ones like floating, steering, diving but there is more to learn beyond the 48 target words. Kids get to learn what are the unique actions that each character can do (The bat is hanging in the dark) and the related vocabulary words. Learning the words in context and seeing them in action makes it easy to understand and remember their meaning. More importantly, kids will learn how to use these action words correctly, it is really a great app for introducing the concept of verbs in a fun and age appropriate way.

Download First Words: Action Words for free now and let your child learn 16 action words as he plays with the first 8 characters. Your child will love it!

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First Words: Action Words for Toddlers and Preschool Children – Codegent

First Words Home Edition First Words Home Edition by bigcleverlearning
Category: Education, Books
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
Size: 108.97 MB

$FREE

 

 

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.

Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.
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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.
 Smarty Britches: Verbs By Sascyn Publishing, Inc – Review

Smarty Britches: Verbs By Sascyn Publishing, Inc – Review



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What we love…

Engaging story, bright colorful illustrations

What we’d love to see…

Definitions for the various action words included in the story

Summary

Great educational and fun app with lots of supplementary activities; perfect for the emerging reader

Our Rating

Smarty Britches: VerbsSmarty Britches: Verbs is the second app in the series by Sascyn Publishing, Inc. and features a boy named Wyatt who wears a magical pair of Smarty Britches who goes on an evening adventure to find action verbs who are disrupting the evening.  This book’s main characters are Jackson and Izel who is Latina and is bilingual speaking both English and Spanish.  Jackson is Smarty Britches Wyatt’s brother who also helps us find nouns within the story.  The app features a “read to me”, “read to myself” mode as well as special activities at the end of the story.  The author of this series is Cyndie Sebourn and she created these books to help early readers, you can learn more about her background by reading an interview that I did with her in 2011 when her Smarty Britches: Nouns book was released.  The app features cooking, use of math and action verbs in the context of Van Gogh’s art.  In addition, a coloring sheet and other curriculum information is available on her website which makes for a great tie to the classroom, home schooling or even retention of skills during the summertime.  The app also aligns with Common Core Learning Standards.

One of my favorite parts of the story is the illustrations and the narration.  I loved how the story interweaved an adventure with Wyatt coming in on his horse to “save the day” while having an educational twist.  There are a number of animations on each page which serve to engage the reader and help them further understand the plot.  I also used the story to help my six year old identify animals we saw while “rounding up” the rowdy action verbs.   Animals in the story include: bears, skunks, lightening bugs, raccoon, frogs and more.   The app highlights words after narration in red that are action verbs for us to “capture” – examples include: colored, scared, awakened, poked and more.  All of these words are a natural part of the story.   My son also loved the activites at the end especially making S’mores with CC which provided a recipe for cooking one of Wyatt’s favorite treats.  Having Izel provide information in both English and Spanish as well as including information about the history behind house versus home and why although they meant the same thing one had a slightly different meaning.  I also used some of the supplementary activities from the website to ask my son what he learned from the story as we read it.

In terms of enhancements, it would be nice to have a definition for the action words at the end of the story – I didn’t see one complete listing of the words along with them.  My son asked for a “bag” so that he could drag his action verbs into them each time that he found them after capturing them with a lasso.

This was a great educational and fun app to share with my son who is working on early reading skills.  Having a variety of things included in the app with the narration, word highlighting and plot helped him stay engaged with the story and follow along for the “hunt” for action verbs.

Smarty Britches: Verbs
Smarty Britches: Verbs
by Sascyn Publishing, Inc.

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: 51.96 MB

$0.99USD

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Also available on Google Play

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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.
 Laura’s Journey to the Stars by Klaus Baumgart and Bastei Luebbe GmbH & Co. KG – Review

Laura’s Journey to the Stars by Klaus Baumgart and Bastei Luebbe GmbH & Co. KG – Review



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What we love…

The concept of the story is great. I believe it is well thought out and all  of the components throughout the story help to engage the little one who is utilizing  the app. The fun, interactive activities, allow for exploration, excitement, and
adventure just to name a few!

What we’d love to see…

As a SLP, I love the idea of literacy. Because the book is solely  read aloud, the user is not engaging in any sort of written print. This missing link
impacts my rating.

Summary

great story related app; however, for our little
people, this app is missing a key component, the words! As a SLP, you have access to other components of this app that parents can engage in, too; however, it isn’t an
app that would prove successful for those seeking the skill of reading independently.

Our Rating

Laura's Journey to the Stars -­ An interactive story book for kids to read together by Klaus BaumgartLaura’s Journey to the Stars is an interactive storybook filled with fun by Klaus Baumgart.  The book is available in English, Mandarin Chinese and German and features  animations in all scenes, funny sound effects, and exciting interactive options for children.  It is universal for iOS and includes no external links or in-app purchases.

You know the stories without words, the ones that allow you to fill in the gaps and  utilize your imagination? This would be one of those! Oh, but wait, if you turn the sound on, you can hear the story provided to you by a narrator! This story is a good  one, a great one, in fact! My only frustration is that it’s a book without words, but this SLP has an idea that may allow you to use this with your kiddos and in your  therapy room to build their language skills. I’ll get to that in just a bit! In the midst of the app, the user can go forward and backward through the story because there are  arrows that allow that. There is also a menu option that allows for the user to skip ahead multiple pages or go back multiple pages. The story is based on the premise of  two kiddos utilizing their imagination to create something fantastic. Their mind takes them on a journey that the author allows us to join them on. This book is  simple, yet fun, boasting in language opportunities, so let’s gets onto that!

iPad Screenshot 4In my therapy room, we utilize books without words a lot. Why? There are many  ways to expand language, but this is one of them! I also utilize them with my kiddos  who stutter because it facilitates communication and forces them to work on their  strategies. With this storybook and others without words, you can interact with  your kiddo by asking them various questions. What’s happening on this page?  What’s going to happen? Allow them to explore their imagination by not allowing  them to hear the story until they are done creating their own utilizing the pictures!

Have I mentioned that this book is interactive? Well, that allows for engaging  activities to be completed throughout the story, but what if it is allowed for more?  Are you working on following directions verbal directions? Are you working on  identifying objects? These activities and the path to access them will allow for you
to target both of these goals!

My favorite party of the app is that it is  well thought out and all  of the components throughout the story help to engage the little one who is utilizing the app. The fun, interactive activities, allow for exploration, excitement, and  adventure just to name a few!

In terms of improvements I would like to see text in the books.  As a SLP, I love the idea of literacy. Because the book is solely  read aloud, the user is not engaging in any sort of written print. This missing link  impacts my rating.

Overall, I feel like this app is a great story related app; however, for our little people, this app is missing a key component, the words! As a SLP, you have access to other components of this app that parents can engage in, too; however, it isn’t an  app that would prove successful for those seeking the skill of reading independently.

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Courtney Decker is a speech-language pathologist working with students of varying needs. A good portion of my caseload is with students who have complex communication needs, which I find more rewarding than challenging. She loves reality shows focused on music, such as The Voice and The Sing-Off. When she has free time, which doesn’t seem to be often, she likes to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, and sew.

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