Lots of great activities to engage readers including letter formation, sight words, reading comprehension, writing pad, alphabet, listening skills, Multi-user capability. Interactive word pad lets kids experiment with word and sound formation.
What we’d love to see…
a test to skip materials already previously learned, some sort of “trophy” or awards case to demonstrate progress and ability to export the lesson progress.
Content rich app which will help kids with a number of skills including letter formation, letter sounds, reading comprehension and sight words.
Read – Kids learn to read and write in 20 easy lessons by Olivier Romanetti of One Tree Hill Studio is a universal app for iOS targeting kids aged four through 8 (or second grade) which helps them to acquire core reading skills including letter formation, sight words, reading comprehension, writing pad, alphabet, listening and more. The narration can be done in a United States narrator, English narrator, Australian narrator or Indian narrator. You can also speed up or slow down the words per minute and pitch of the speaker as well as turn on and off the background music. The app uses phonics teaching sight words in combination with word decoding. It also includes multi user capabilities and lesson progress
The app features twenty different lessons with over 100 different exercises and interactive stories. It is designed for the beginning reader through approximately second grade. Letters are introduced in the app by frequency – something that my son struggled with a bit because he felt they were “out of order”.
Letter tracing: Using a finger or stylus your child traces the letter using a supplied model and repeats five times to demonstrate mastery
How do you spell it: Listen to a sound and pick the correct letter from a field of six options.
Choose the right word: Listen to a word pronunciation and pick the correct answer
Listen & Write: Listen to the word and put the letters on the line to spell it
Match Words & Sounds: Match a sound with the written form of it – perfect for practicing sight words
Interactive Writing Pad: Children can “construct” words and sentences by dragging and dropping individual letters, making letter combinations which are read aloud as the app is played.
Stories & Questions: Starting at lesson 5, stories are given in the context of the app and the user is tested for reading comprehension
Learn the Alphabet: This helps kids connect letter names and letter sounds with both uppercase and lowercase letters
Sight Words & Phrases: Over 100 sight words and sight phrases used in the English language
This is a brightly colored app that engages kids to learn core reading and writing skills. The activities are presented in a patterned way which requires children to finish specific tasks before moving on which is important for early learning skills. I also liked that as you traced letters or spelled words out that they were sounded out which helped kids attribute the letter sound to the written letter. Our favorite section – since my son knew many of the sight words was the original story content. My son enjoyed hearing the stories – although I did have to adjust the word speed so he could follow along more easily – the words were spoken quickly and at times the highlighting and words didn’t match what was being said. We also liked the sight phrases since my son has moved on beyond his core sight words and wanted to work more on putting words together.
In terms of improvements – at times it was hard to discern the word as it was spoken and it would be nice if you could have a second choice. It would also be nice if the app dynamically adjusted based on if you were getting answers right or wrong. A visual cue especially for the easier lessons would be helpful too if a child is getting answers wrong – for example showing a picture of a mat along with the spoken word and spelling it out. I would also like to see the option to “test” so that children can test out of content they might have already learned which would make it repetitive. Some of the letter formation was different compared to what my son learned in school, but that may vary based on geography. My son also asked for some sort of “trophy” or reward that you could earn after completing levels which would demonstrate mastery. It would also be nice if you could transfer progress from device to device – my son played both on my iPhone and iPad and was frustrated when he had to repeat things he had done before. I’d also like to be able to export my lesson progress. I’d also like to see more options for the letter formation as my son didn’t learn with the manuscript option in school.
Overall, this is a content rich app which will help kids with a number of skills including letter formation, letter sounds, reading comprehension and sight words. It is a great app to help kids with learning or one to help them practice over the summertime and prevent the #summerslide. The app includes a parental gated area with a multiplication problem that does have external links. There are no in-app purchases.
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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.
realistic camping app that encourages kids to leave no trace and provides a variety of mini games to play which reinforce real word like dousing a fire, finding an animal via tracks
What we’d love to see…
a game that includes the stars or evening sky, trail safety tips and ability to make vocabulary words harder or easier depending on the age of the child.
Fun app aimed at preschool and early grade school. My Cub Scouts enjoyed using the app as we talked about a hiking trip and prepared for it.
Camping with Grandpa from Fairlady Media is a universal app for iOS featuring Grandpa as he heads out on a camping trip. There are a variety of activities that include object identification (find the xx tree), word searches (you pick out the words and highlight them with your finger), identify animal tracks from a field of four animals and after you have completed your activities for the day you earn a badge as well as setting up camp for the night. This was the perfect app to share with my soon to be Cub Scout Camper as we used it to talk about what it was like to go camping and the items we would need to bring!
There are seven educational mini games which include
Read a compass – which way to go down the path
Hiking – find an object like a type of leaf or what type of tree
Animal food – what types of foods do the animals like
Animal Tracks – what shaped track do the animals make when they walk on the beach
Word find – can you find the forest words and highlight them with your finger
Tent Shadows – which pocket knife makes the shadow
Hiking Gear – which items should we pack in our backpack
I loved that the app encouraged “leave no trace” and to pick up your litter as well as having a variety of things you would actually do on a camping trip like finding a specific type of tree or learning how to read a compass to find the direction we were going in. It also taught you about foods that animals ate as well as different animal tracks. My son had fun looking at the tracks and trying to figure out which animal made which track. We also talked about which objects should go in his bag when we go hiking. He loved roasting the hot dog and marshmallow like we do at home some nights in the summer. He also liked dousing the fire before Grandpa went to sleep at night. The graphics are clear and realistic and the activities rotate in a different order so kids don’t get bored with the content. My son also loved the different educational videos. I liked that when you doused the fire every last bit had to be out – just like in real life. It was a nice way to reinforce with my son that we can’t leave even a little bit alight.
In terms of enhancements – I would love to see an avatar to represent the child in this app. My son was also sad a few times when he had finished some of the tasks and reopened the app and had to start over again – for us I just minimized the app rather than closing it so we could go back to it. I’d also like to see some sort of star activity included like finding the big dipper or evening sky to learn or educate about how we used to use the stars to navigate. It might also be fun to have a way to follow the trail with trail markers as well as some safety pieces included – i.e. if you get separated from your parents do this. I also liked the vocabulary words – but some of them were hard for my first grader so perhaps a way to choose the types of words or complexity via a parental control would help to reduce frustration especially for younger readers.
Overall, this is a fun and realistic camping app suited for preschool and early grade school children. I found it was a great way to prepare my Cub Scouts for their hiking badge and give them an idea of what to expect before we went. This is a great real world type app that incorporates education about what we should and should not do when camping with some fun learning activities that encourages kids to explore the outdoors!
Fully customizable lessons with lots of different learning modes.
What we’d love to see…
Even more boards on math.
Bitsboard Pro is the ultimate educational app with top-quality content and outstanding enabling features to meet the learning needs of every child.
How many times have you wished that you can modify a well-developed learning app just that little bit to better match your child’s skills. Or thought of replacing some of the content with your own instead? Have you ever wondered if there is this ONE App that can meet most (if not all) of your child’s educational needs? What about an app that can accommodate the educational goals and learning difficulties of an entire class?
This is a tall order for any app considering children learn at different pace and thrive in different learning environment. And to be able to add our own content in an app seems like an impossible task! But Bitsboard Pro has all our wishes covered. It is the ultimate educational app for children from preschool right up to elementary school level, giving you access to thousands of topics (with many new ones added every month) and the ability to customize the way students learn in the app as well as the app content itself.
Alright, most of us don’t have the time nor inclination to create our own content. We just want an app that has ready-to-download learning materials and Bitsboard has lots of content to offer. After creating a user account, you can browse through Bitsboard’s extensive lessons catalog or search for specific lessons and download (over the internet) the ones that you need. Here, lessons are presented in individual boards, each containing a series of flashcards (bits). Topics include languages, vocabulary, grammar, reading (sight words, word families, phonics, readers), sentence maker, speech, spelling, letter tracing, math facts, math operations, money, time telling, sign language, routines, sequences, emotions and many more! The free version of Bitsboard itself comes with lots of shared resources that you can start with right away.
What I really love in Bitsboard is that you can choose up to 30 fully customizable learning modes or games that help children to learn and retain the information presented in the lessons. You can start with the simpler games and progress to the more complex ones. With so many different ways to learn the same materials, students remain engaged and learn better. Check out Bitsboard’s long list of fun learning games – Flashcards, Explore, True or False, Photo Touch, Photo Hunt, Memory Cards, Pop Quiz, Match Up, Word Builder, Sentence Builder, Spelling Bee, BINGO, Letter Tracing, Sequences, Related items, Word Search, Word Chunks, Crosswords, Unscramble, Say It, Missing Item, Puzzles, Reader, What’s Next, Odd One Out, Sort It, Side by Side, Story Time, Genius, Review Game and Board Creator
For each game, you can modify things like the session length, with or without visual/audio hints, spelling order, display options, number of tiles, matching options and answer mode. Customization is easy but it would be tedious if you have more than 1 user. Luckily, you don’t have to keep adjusting the settings and preferences as these are saved for each user (unlimited users for the Pro version). Likewise, the tracking of detailed progress and lesson plans is stored at the user level. Bitsboard’s learning algorithm also ensures that each game automatically advances according to the individual user’s skills.
If you are an educator, you will like the ease of creating custom lessons with your own cards (from photo library, dropbox, web search or Bitsboard Catalog of images), audio recording and text (words, phrases, sentences, description). Your students can learn anything you present to them using the Bitsboard learning games. You can also set up your own exclusive class with your own selection of boards for sharing with your students or fellow teachers privately.
I’m truly impressed with all the meaningful features that have been continually added in Bitsboard in order to support students and educators. There are many more that are not mentioned here. This all-in-one educational app far exceeds all my expectations in terms of content and ability to be customized. I don’t think you’ll find another app that is as versatile and comprehensive as this. Bitsboard Pro is an essential learning app that all families and classes must have!
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audio with all sorts of different character names and vocabulary, narration when words are touched
What we’d love to see…
ability to slow down the pages in autoplay so kids can engage with them more more easily
Perfect for early elementary school kids who are just learning to read as well as preschool. Highly recommend it for younger children and those beginning to read.
In the true tradition of Oceanhouse Media book apps, Dr. Seuss’s ABC is a rich, engaging, vibrant rendition of the book. The graphics are brightly animated and encourage the child to touch, tap and repeat. The children can hear or read the little vignettes associated with each letter of the alphabet and are encouraged to seek out hidden words and stars that lead them to alphabet game play. I suggest this book for younger children or those just beginning to learn to read.
On the home page, there is access to a drop down menu, depicted by a book icon. When you touch the book, an icon toolbar is revealed. On this task bar, you will find buttons for other Dr. Seuss apps, the Parent section, the Settings and a page by page layout of the ABC book itself. The external buttons are protected, but only by a swipe; the settings are not protected with a parental gate. The Parent section explains the objectives of the app and lets you see and reset the reading stats (minutes read, pages read and book read). There are also links on this page to Help and FAQ (support and contact info), and info about Oceanhouse Media, Dr. Seuss Enterprises and the Seussville web site.
The settings option allows customizing the app for mode of play and the different interactive elements (activities, music and sound, news and alerts, picture words). These elements can be turned on and off and reset (I do not suggest turning the Picture Words off as this is a very engaging and educational part of the app).
The app features three different modes of play: Read to Me, Read it Myself, and Auto Play. In Read to Me, a pleasant voice reads the page and waits for the child to turn the page manually by tapping the forward moving arrow. In Read by Myself, there is no voice over and the child turns the page at will. If they are emergent readers, and get stuck on a word, there is the option to tap the word and have it read to you. Auto Play reads and flips the pages automatically. The script on the pages are animated and the children are encourage to find the hidden star (which leads them to game play) by tapping on the page. There is a small replay button located next to the text, so the page can be reread. Each page is turned by tapping the arrow that points right. There is an arrow on the left to return to the previous page. Once the child or parent has heard the words, the child has the chance to touch various objects on the page to hear words and to find a star.
In Auto Play the story is read to you and the pages are turned automatically. In the settings there is a switch to “delay page turning”. If this is not selected the pages turn quickly and don’t give the child a whole lot of time to touch and explore. On the top of the Auto Play pages there is a circle, which when pressed for 5 seconds, turns off Auto Play.
When a star is tapped, one of a variety of different letter games appears; Smart Start: Tap the animal that begins with the letter; Big Letters: find the big letter; Little Letters: find the little letter; Big and Little: Find the big or little letter; Super Sort: Drag each letter to the corresponding box. Games are short and maintain the child’s attention. There is no negative feedback for incorrect responses.
I really love the audio portion of this app. The pages are laden with unique alliterations for the character names (Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz, Rosy Robin Ross) and rich in vocabulary. Each word is individually narrated when touched, so I child can be prompted to press a word you suggest or to replay any word they choose. One thing that I really like on each page is that when the child taps on a picture of a word in the story, the corresponding word changes color in the script. I really like that there is the ability to reset the stats, hints and learning activities. This way, the app can be reused for different children or even for the same child to do the activities more that once. The app is full of engaging graphics, vibrant colors, and animated characters. The kids love the funny looking creatures and make believe names. There are multiple exposures to the pre-literacy skills of phonemic awareness and rhyming; a much loved aspect of all Dr. Seuss’s works. A very interesting addition to this app, is that it incorporates a higher level of vocabulary and nonsense words. This helps to enhance the sound- symbol connections and allows the children the chance to decode a blend phonemes. When the child taps a picture corresponding to a word in the story, the word changes color, combining auditory and visual feedback. You can also hear single words or the whole page read again. I really enjoyed the ability to reset the stats, hints and learning activities. This way, the app can be reused for different children or even for the same child to do the activities more that once.
As with all other Dr. Seuss books, the pre-literacy skills are fabulously addressed. The concepts of rhyming and phonemic awareness are dealt with on each page. The presenting voice is pleasant and she enunciates each phoneme clearly and with intonation.
I am a big fan of the Oceanhouse Media Dr. Seuss Book apps. Dr. Seuss’s ABC is no exception. From the vibrant graphics and the animated characters, to the Learning activities and the script, each page is engaging and educational. I give this app a 5 star rating and highly recommend it for younger children and those beginning to read. Like most of the other Dr. Seuss books adapted by Oceanhouse Media, the interface is very user friendly. The Learning Activities are quick and engaging. All responses are spoken, whether correct or incorrect, so the appearance of negative feedback is not present.
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