Charlie Jumped out of the Clock – Learning Story by Crayon Box – Review

Charlie Jumped out of the Clock – Learning Story by Crayon Box – Review



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Another time learning app, you say? Well, we can never have enough apps that teach kids to tell time as apps can be as varied as children are unique with different interests and needs. There is always room for more especially if your child is still not getting it or needs lots more practice and you need fresh new ideas to keep the learning going.

What we love…

Learning about time through a cute story.

What we’d love to see…

Display the time in words and allow the hour and minute hands to move only in a clockwise direction.

Summary

A unique time learning app that not only teaches the concept of time but also shows kids the purpose of knowing how to read the clock.

Our Rating

Charlie Jumped out of the Clock is a unique time learning app that presents its lessons and exercises in a storybook format that will sure to capture your child’s attention. Charlie is a cogwheel that lives inside grandpa’s clock and along with his other cogwheel friends, they turn their bodies to make time go. But one day, he jumped out of the clock and it caused the clock to stop moving. Your child has to help set the various time so that grandpa can tell what time it is and go about his daily routines.

There are 2 modes of play – children can either follow the story and learn at the same time or opt for the practice mode. In the story, children are taught the parts of the clock, the difference between the hour and minute hands, how to set the hour and then the minute, the corresponding time on a digital clock, the other ways of reading time like half past/quarter to as well as the difference between am and pm in a 24-hour day. Interactive exercises are added to reinforce the learning points throughout the story. Each section of the lessons and exercises can be repeated in sequence but you can also jump straight to specific lessons and exercises from the menu, if you wish.

The practice mode, on the other hand, brings children to a clock that displays the current time and as they move the clock hands, the corresponding time is displayed in the digital clock. It would be more realistic if the hour and minute hands are only allowed to move in a clockwise direction here.

What I like about this app is that children are shown how the clock hands move as the time passes. Children need to see how the hour hand moves in relation to the minute hand. The app also gives children an idea how long is an hour by using grandpa’s favorite tv show as an example. These details are often overlooked in other similar apps. Another helpful detail is the display of minutes in blocks of 5 on the clock face and these numbers are in the same color as the minute hand to help children make the association easily. Likewise for the hour hand.

Charlie jumped out the clock is a cute story about how grandpa depends on his clock everyday to help him follow his daily schedule. It cleverly incorporates mini time-telling lessons and exercises for readers to complete in order to move the story forward. After you have read this story with your children, why not help them draw up their own schedules and get them to practice reading the clock on a daily basis, just to be on time like grandpa?

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Charlie Jumped out of the Clock – Learning Story
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Charlie Jumped out of the Clock - Learning Story Charlie Jumped out of the Clock - Learning Story by CRAYON BOX Inc.
Category: Education, Books
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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 116.26 MB

$3.99USD

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 Feed Me! (US/UK English) – PencilBot School Pack by Edutainment Resources – Review and Giveaway

Feed Me! (US/UK English) – PencilBot School Pack by Edutainment Resources – Review and Giveaway



Educational apps for young children are becoming more and more sophisticated these days. They have better visuals and offer more creative and challenging gameplay but sometimes, a child may feel overwhelmed by all the demands on his senses. So if you are looking for an app with simpler designs but still have a high level of educational content, you should check out Feed Me! (US/UK English) – Pencilbot School Pack by Edutainment Resources.

What we love…

Questions on various language concepts.

What we’d love to see…

Option to display the questions and answers in words for vocabulary learning and a brief explanation on why a chosen answer is wrong to maximize the learning opportunities.

Summary

An all-in-one fun and stress-free educational quiz app with hundreds of questions covering a wide variety of topics for children up to early elementary level.

Our Rating

Feed Me! uses a straight forward but cute question and answer format that young children will want to try as the app looks so easy and fun to play. All they need to do is to listen to the question and feed the correct answer to the purple monster who makes such silly actions and sounds that are sure to tickle your child’s funny bone.

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A question is posed and 3 choices of answers are given. Kids can tap the monster’s speech bubble to hear the question again or tap and hear the answer options before answering (which I encourage kids to do, so that they can think through the options before answering).

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When the correct answer is fed to the monster, kids can hear the answer repeated for reinforcement and in some sections, the reason why the chosen answer is correct is also given (yoghurt is good for your bones). When a wrong answer is fed instead, the monster will feel sick but there is no penalty. The player is simply given the chance to answer the same question over and over until it is correctly answered. It would be great if a brief explanation on why a chosen answer is wrong, be given as well so as to maximize the learning opportunities.

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From a parent’s perspective, this app’s strength is the wide variety of math, language arts and language concepts covered. There are hundreds of questions with a variety of question types that are based on children’s interests, plus some stimulating questions that will get even the adults thinking. You will also like that there are separate log-in for up to 4 players, each with a personalized avatar.

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The questions are divided into 3 categories – Math, Language Arts and Language Concepts. Each category has 2 levels and each level comes with questions on different topics. When your child completes all the questions from the same topic, he gets an animated reward in the trophy room. Parents can also monitor the child’s progress by viewing the Diploma for each level of questions.

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The Math category includes 200+ questions on color and shape recognition, counting (skip counting, counting in 5 and 10), number identification (up to 100), sorting, pattern recognition, ordinal numbers, basic mathematical equations and concepts, simple time concepts (digital and analog), positions, weight and size concepts, more/less and fractions.

The second category consists of 200 Language Arts questions on letter sounds (including long and short vowel sounds), letter identification (upper and lower case letters), rhyming, opposites, beginning/middle/ending sounds, segmenting letter sounds in words, basic vocabulary words, reading, unscrambling of words, matching objects – what goes together (e.g. a key unlocks the door).

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The third category (which has 200 questions) on Language Concepts is my favorite as this section provides us with lots of language opportunities where we can ask our children to explain why a certain answer is chosen and why the other answers are wrong. Some of the topics covered here are:-

* Feelings (How do you feel? – I feel shy)
* Occupation (What go together – barber and scissors go together)
* Animal Sounds and Homes (Where does this animal live? – an ant lives in an ant hill)
* Weather/Seasons (What you need or see in this weather? – you need to drink lots of water in this sunny weather)
* Healthy Habits (What is good for you – eggs are full of protein)
* Safety (What keeps you safe? – look both ways before crossing the street)
* Signs (What kind of signs are these? – this means no…)
* Life cycles (What is the correct life cycle for this? – seed, sapling, fruit tree)
* Ordering of events
* Verbs (What are you doing? – I’m throwing a ball)
* Comparisons (Which is the hottest – the sun is the hottest)

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With such a wide range of topics covered, the difficulty levels of the questions vary widely as well, from preschool to early elementary school levels. This is where I feel that the parents have to step in to choose the correct group of quiz questions for the child to play. Ideally, the adults should be on hand to guide when the children is working on the app. Find out more about this app by trying out some sample questions in the free version of Feed Me!

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 Telling Time with the Smurfs by Cupcake Digital – Review + Giveaway

Telling Time with the Smurfs by Cupcake Digital – Review + Giveaway



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What we love…

Different activities for practicing time telling skills, interactions in story unlocked when the child practices setting time, help available if the child needs it.

What we’d love to see…

Abiliy to set the level in “practice” activity, more apps buttons moved into parents area.

Summary

Telling time is a really important skill for young children to master, and is worked on in both preschool and elementary school. Telling Time with the Smurfs is a fun way to practice working on time telling skills in a variety of ways.

Our Rating

Telling Time with the SmurfsLearning to tell time is an important skill for preschool and early elementary school age children and Telling Time with the Smurfs is a fun new app for working on this skill from Cupcake Digital. The app includes 4 sections: Learn, Read, Practice and Play, it works on telling time using analog clocks and shows the link between analog and digital clocks. In this app the child can listen to a story about a day in Smurf village, interact with the Smurfs, learn about the fundamentals of telling time and practice their time telling skills in a variety of activities.

Music, narration and sound effects volume can all be individually adjusted. The app has no adverts or in-app purchases. There is a parents area behind a parental gate with Social Media and appstore links. There are also “more apps” buttons on the front page, the links from these to iTunes are protected by a parental gate, but I would like them to be only available in the parents area to stop kids pestering for more apps.

 

Learn

In this section the child learns what a clock is and how it tells time. They learn about the numbers on a clock face, where they are and what they mean. They learn about the hour hand and practice setting the hour to the correct time. They then learn about the minute hand and practice setting both hour and minute hand. If they need help pressing the “?” will show them the correct hand position.

Story

This simple story tells the tale of a single day in Smurf Village from the time the Smurfs wake up at 8am to bedtime at 8pm. The child gets to see the Smurfs daily routine hour by hour and in each scene gets to practice setting the clock to the hour. They can get help if they need it, and correctly setting the clock unlocks animation and interactive elements in the scene, these do not work until after the time telling activity is completed on each page. The interactive elements are easy to find as they are marked with sparkles. The interactions add to the story as the child gets to feed the Smurfs and help them with chores, cooking,  gardening and other activities. There is a page navigation guide that lets the reader easily return to favorite scenes. At the end of the story there are some suggestions for ideas to help the parent talk about the story and and time with their child.

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Practice

Here the child gets to practice setting the clock, they are given instructions orally and see the required time digitally. If they move the clock hands the digital clock automatically moves at the same time to show them what digital time they have set. If they need help pressing the “?” will show where the hands belong. They get to practice 10 times in one game. As children typically learn to tell time to different degrees of accuracy at different ages it would be nice to be able to choose a level for this activity e.g. easy- telling time to the hour, intermediate- telling time to the quarter hour and advanced- telling time to the minute.

Play

In this game Smurfette is flying on the back of Feathers the crane and she needs your help to fly Feathers through the right clocks.  The game has 2 difficulty levels- easy and hard. With the easy level they have to choose the right clock from 2 choices each telling time to the hour, and tap to get the bird to fly to it. In the hard level they need to pick from 2 clocks showing time to the nearest 5 minutes and they also need to use more fine motor skills to fly the bird to the correct clock.

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Telling time is a really important skill for young children to master, and is worked on in both preschool and elementary school. Telling Time with the Smurfs is a fun way to practice working on time telling skills. I like that it has a variety of different activities to work on time telling skills, and that in the story the child has an incentive to practice telling time as it unlocks some fun interactions after they work on this skill.

 

Telling Time with the Smurfs – Cupcake Digital

Telling Time with the Smurfs Telling Time with the Smurfs by CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC.

Price: $2.99 USD

A Parents’ Choice Recommended Award winner.

Telling time is a smurftastic skill to have! LEARN, PRACTICE, READ and PLAY with the Smurfs in the new deluxe storybook experience with fun activities.

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 Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery Pro by Center for Autism and Related Disorders – Review & Giveaway

Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery Pro by Center for Autism and Related Disorders – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

Comprehensive app, simple interface, highly customizable.

What we’d love to see…

Ability to set the amount of time for answering questions and playing mini games.

Summary

An excellent and comprehensive learning app that was made specifically for those on the autism spectrum, and is perfect for visual and kinesthetic learners.

Our Rating

Camp Discovery is a large and comprehensive collection of learning games specifically designed for those in the Autism spectrum. It is based on a proven curriculum developed over 25 years by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders.

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The app currently has 21 learning games with 29 more coming soon. The games are divided into five areas or, as my son likes to call it, camp sites: Camp Discovery, Pebble Cove, Pointy Peaks, Pine Tree Point and Enoki Ridge. Each camp site holds ten games. The games in Camp Discovery are numbers, letters, colors, shapes, body parts, emotions, objects, actions, locations and community helpers. In Pebble Cove, the games include Plurals, WH-Discrimination, What Goes With, Features, Gender, Functions, Quantitative Comparisons, Counting and Quantities and Prepositions. There is currently only one game (Categories) available in Pointy Peaks but it will soon have Sound Discrimination, Money, Describe, Daily Activities, Attributes, Telling Time, Opposites, Negation and Sight Words. Ten more learning games each are planned for Pine Tree Point and Enoki Ridge.

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Gameplay is very simple. First, choose a game/topic. Then, choose the learning method (matching, sorting or receptive identification). A preference assessment is then conducted by showing children six choices of reinforcements for correct responses. They can choose any or all of the reinforcers and as often as they wish to determine the frequency. After the preference assessment, the learning game begins.

Camp Discovery uses evidence-based teaching strategies such as reinforcement, errorless learning and appropriate prompting to help every child succeed. Children are first presented with the individual target picture cards. An audio explains what each picture card stands for and prompts the child to click on it. After several successful repetitions, the child is then presented with two picture cards and is asked to choose the correct card. The level of difficulty gradually increases as more answer cards are presented. A mini game is presented as a reward for completing a game and the child can play for a total of one minute. There are four mini games to choose from: balloon pop, fireworks, shapes and flappy bird.

The app has a settings menu that is meant to be accessed only by the parent or teacher. In order to get into the settings menu, a multiplication question must be answered. In the settings menu are several options to customize the game. Lessons can be tailored by selecting specific targets to teach. The number of rounds required before playing a mini game and before re-administering the preference assessment can both be set from 1 to 10. Finally, the amount of time the preference assessment is administered can be set for 15, 30, 45 or 60 seconds. You can also mute the music in you wish.

There is a player menu on the top left of the screen that is also accessible by answering a multiplication question. Parents and teachers can set up multiple player accounts and view student progress, like how many targets have been mastered for each lesson. Each player also has a code or game token. This token is used to restore a player’s profile should it be deleted by accident or to restore it in another device.

This app appealed to my son who has autism and who is a visual, oral and kinesthetic learner. I find it to be an excellent tool for teaching him but there are a couple of things I would like to see in future updates. First, I would like to be able to customize the amount of time a child is given to pick their answer. Some children may need just a little extra time to think of the correct answer. Second, I would like to be able to customize the amount of time given for playing the mini games as each child may have less or more attention span than another.

Overall, I find this app very intuitive. It is an invaluable resource for teaching children, whether or not they are in the Autism spectrum. There is a free lite version of this app with two playable games and I recommend checking it out. I found this to be a very worthy investment and you may too.

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Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery Pro – Center for Autism and Related Disorders
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Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery Pro Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery Pro by PixelAtion Labs
Category: Education, Educational, Family, Games
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Size: 308.13 MB

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