Where Are We? Learning Library Collection (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media – Review and Giveaway

Where Are We? Learning Library Collection (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media – Review and Giveaway



What we love…

Highly educational and informative content, text highlighting, tappable words and objects.

What we’d love to see…

The text and pictures/animations match when it talks about the earth rotating on its axis.

Summary

A terrific set of four books that will not only takes children on a journey to space, the deserts, and the North and South Poles but also gives them everything they need to become excellent map readers and cartographers.

Our Rating

Little explorers searching for new adventures will find what they are looking for in Oceanhouse Media’s Where Are We? Collection. In this collection are four books from The Cat In The Hat’s Learning Library covering a variety of subjects including astronomy, science and geography: There’s No Place Like Space, Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry?, Ice Is Nice and There’s A Map In My Lap.

In There’s No Place Like Space, little explorers will take a flight out into the Solar System. Starting with Mercury, they will visit all the planets and discover features that make them unique from each other. They will also be taking a closer look at the stars, the sun, the moon and constellations. Coming down from an out-of-this-world experience is not easy but another exciting adventure awaits them when they return to Earth.

In Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry?, little explorers will travel to some of the well-known deserts of the world including the Sonoran Desert, the Nambi Desert, the Sahara Desert, the Mojave Desert, the Gobi Desert and the Arctic Desert. As they travel to each of the deserts, they will learn not only about why deserts are dry but also about the different plants and animals that live there and how they are able to survive in such harsh conditions. They will also learn about Nomads, what they wear and how they live. They may be surprised to learn that deserts can either be hot and dry like the Mojave and Sahara deserts or cold and dry like the Gobi and Arctic deserts. They will also learn various desert terms and features such as mirage, oasis, and dunes.

After their trip to the cold deserts, our little explorers will travel to the North Pole and the South Pole in Ice Is Nice. The North Pole, they will discover, is actually located in the Arctic Ocean, not on land. They will learn that in the North Pole, there are 6 months of long winter nights and 4 months of warm weather when the sun shines all day and all night. They will learn about the people and animals that live there and how they adapt to the cold weather. They will then go to the opposite side of the world and find out that while the North Pole is cold; the South Pole is even colder. Unlike the North Pole which is in water, the South Pole is on land. In the South Pole, little explorers will learn all about the different types of penguins that live there: the Emperor, the Chinstrap, the Adelie, the Gentoos and the Rockhoppers. In their travels to the North and South poles, they will also learn about the Earth’s axis, its rotation and its revolution. They will also learn a little about climate changes, which can open up to a discussion on global warming.

As our explorers head back to the comforts of home, they will be given the most valuable tool a little explorer needs in There’s A Map In My Lap. They will learn about all kinds of maps like globes, atlases, marine maps and topographic maps. They will quickly become expert map readers and cartographers as they learn about legends, longitude lines, latitude lines and scales. Soon they will be planning their own adventures, lots and lots of great adventures!

Once again Oceanhouse Media has put together another fantastic set of four books that is full of eye catching graphics and interactive objects. They also all have the features we have come to love in Oceanhouse Media books such as text highlighting, tappable words/objects and voice recording. The only thing I would like to see changed is the way they show the earh’s rotation. In Ice Is Nice, there is a page that reads: “Earth spins on its axis while circling the sun” and while it shows the earth circling the sun, it does not show the Earth rotating on its axis. It would be better if it rotates as the text says it does.

I highly recommend this app to parents and teachers of little explorers. Parents and teachers will love the educational value of this collection of books and little explorers will enjoy the adventures that await them.

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 3 of My Kids’ All Time Favorite Apps win Common Sense Media Award

3 of My Kids’ All Time Favorite Apps win Common Sense Media Award



Common Sense Media recently recognized their  “ON for Learning” award winners at an event in SanFrancisco.The 55 award-winners were given their highest rating for quality and learning potential. Looking over the list of winners there were 3 names that jumped out at me as apps that are consistently among the all-time most played apps in my household, so I wanted to put a spotlight on those today.

 

Bobo Explores Light by Game Collage

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This is a simply brilliant science app that explore all manner of topics associated with light. I reviewed this app almost 2 years ago but it is still a firm favorite in my household. Bobo is is a cute little robot and is your guide throughout the app. Bobo takes you through 21 different topics including: lightning, color, space, photosynthesis and refraction. Every topic has interactive experiments and you can touch Bobo’s antennae to activate interactive holograms. On each page there are a number of hidden screens which pull down to give you more information, the app has over 100 pages in total!! This app is designed for children who can read independently, but it is so engaging that my now 7-year-old son has had it in his favorite apps since he was 4. It is not narrated, and his reading ability is not yet strong enough to read the text,  so I have been reading it to him, but he has been doing the experiments independently since age 4. My now 10 year-old also loves it! Very highly recommended, this app is fun, engaging and contains a wealth of science information.

Bobo Explores Light – Game Collage, LLC

Bobo Explores Light Bobo Explores Light by Game Collage, LLC

Price: $4.99 USD

••• Apple Design Award 2012 Winner •••

Hold a fully functional science museum for kids 4-12 in the palm of your hand!

iPad App of the Week, winner of the KAPi Award 2011 for.

 

Ansel & Clair by Cognitive Kid

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Two of the Ansel & Clair apps by Cognitive Kid made the list of award winners- Ansel & Clair’s Little Green Island and Ansel & Clair’s Adventures in Africa but the whole series deserves a mention as they are all very engaging, creative, educational children’s apps. The iMums have reviewed Ansel & Clair  Paul Revere’s RideAnsel & Clair American Bowl and Ansel & Clair Jurassic Dinosaurs,  Triassic Dinosaurs and Cretaceous Dinosaurs.  All of the apps star Ansel – a friendly intergalactic traveller from the planet Virtoos, and Clair his robot companion who accompanies him on his mission to learn more about life on Earth. The apps are educational games that create  animated, immersive, interactive, learning experiences. In Ansel & Clair’s Adventures in Africa the adventurous duo explore the Sahara Desert, the Nile Valley and the Serengeti Plains. They learn about the history, geography, flora and fauna of Africa. In Ansel & Clair: Little Green Island children learn about ecology, pollution and protecting the environment. Each child gets to create their own island paradise, and then see how changes on the island can cause increases in environmental pollution.

Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island HD – Cognitive Kid, Inc.

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Minecraft by Mojang

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Minecraft is an independent computer game that has taken the US by storm  – it has over 100 million registered users in the US! At the schools my children attend is is a major playground talking point. The original game is available for PC or Mac from Minecraft.net, and it is also available for many other platforms including an iOS version. The iOS version is more limited than the computer edition, but still allows children endless hours of creative free play and is an ideal place for younger players to learn about the game. In creative mode the aim is to simply build your own world – creating 3D structures and planting trees and flowers in a very open creative environment. I love how there are no rules – it is just about using your own creativity. There is no end of videos available on Youtube for inspiration (although I would recommend parents screen them as not all have suitable language for children to hear). All 3 of my children love playing and have created their own unique worlds. A great side benefit of the game is it has also given my son with Aspergers a means to bond with his peers – he and his fellow Minecraft aficionados spend many, many hours discussing their latest builds and advising each other on new things to try.
Minecraft – Pocket Edition – Mojang

Minecraft Minecraft by Mojang

Price: $6.99 USD

The Better Together update is here! Explore massive multiplayer servers directly from the game menu and play with friends on all different devices.

Skin, texture, and mash-up packs from the community.

 

Looking over the list of “ON for Learning” award winners which are your favorites ? Are there any choices you disagree with ?

 

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The iMums were honored recently to be chosen to be one of the Common Sense Media Ambassadors –  a select group of bloggers who work with Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media is a non-profit organization “dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.” Common Sense Media rates and reviews all kinds of media for children – movies, games, websites, TV, apps and more. Their Learning Ratings rate media for age-appropriateness as well as factors such as engagement and learning approach.

 

 

 

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).
 Lately Lily: Paris for a Day! by Lately Lily LLC – Review

Lately Lily: Paris for a Day! by Lately Lily LLC – Review



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What we love…

Adorable illustrations, interactive games

What we’d love to see…

Another chapter, minor changes to soundtrack

Summary

Overall, a cute story and interactive game app, we love it’s unique, quirky style. This app will appeal most to 4-8-year-olds, who we hope will be inspired by Lily to want to see the world !

Our Rating

Lately Lily: Paris for a Day!

Lately Lily Paris for a Day! is an iPad only app and the first app from Southern California -based developer Lately Lily LLC.  Although this is Lily’s first app, she is also the star of a line of children’s clothes, you can read more about her at LatelyLily.com. Lily is a globe trotter – she loves to travel the world with her faithful companion a stuffed toy zebra named Zeborah. The app is a combination of a story and a game – children can complete a series of interactive activities, as the story of Lily’s visit to Paris unfolds. Lately Lily has charming hand- drawn illustrations –  they look cut-outs of pen and ink illustrations on different colored  papers. The app is child-friendly – it contains no adverts, in-app purchases or external links. The child can leap directly to their favorite chapter from the home page, but there is no way to navigate within a chapter.

The story opens as Lily receives a letter from her good friend Audrey, who lives in Paris, inviting her to a concert, which prompts Lily to decide to visit Audrey. The reader can help Lily pack her bright yellow suitcase, choosing which outfits and accessories to bring along, Zeb cheers them along and makes sure they remember  to pack him too!

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In Chapter Two Zeb and Lily are at the airport, Zeb goes for a ride on the yellow suitcase as it heads off on the baggage carousel. However, this is no ordinary carousel – it is more like a fairground ride with gaps to leap, slopes to go up and down as well as lots of other luggage to avoid, it has multiple levels and if the yellow suitcase falls to the bottom level it starts moving back towards the baggage hall and away from the plane! The child helps Zeb to catch his flight by tapping on the suitcase making it fly up in the air to avoid the gaps and obstacles, until the suitcase safely reaches the plane.

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The third chapter is on the plane, Zeb and Lily are looking out of the window as they fly over France and the child must help them find 5 objects as they fly overhead. Objects out of the window appear out of focus until camera is over it, so the child needs to move the camera over the scene until they discover the correct image and then take a picture with it in the view finder.

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In chapter four Lily and Zeb have arrived in Paris. As they visit a typical Parisian courtyard the child can learn a little French. Tapping on an object will  make it’s name in French (and in smaller letters in English) appear on the screen, and then the word is spoken in both languages. The audio in this part of the app was quieter than in the rest of the app, so we had to turn up the volume to hear it properly. As the story ends Lily and Audrey are sitting together listening to the band play.

This is a very cute book/ game app and my six-year-old daughter enjoyed it. As well as being fun, this app works on hand-eye co-ordination, matching, visual discrimination and teaches a little French. There are a few enhancements I would like to see in a future update : I’d like to see the volume consistent throughout the app, I’d also like to see the chapter headings narrated if you touch them (most of the app is narrated but these are not, and many of the target audience may not yet be proficient readers). The app also feels a little short – I’d love to have a fifth chapter where Lily and Audrey together visit some of their favorite Paris landmarks, so the child can learn a little about Paris too.

Overall, a cute story and interactive game app, we love it’s unique, quirky style. This app will appeal most to 4-8 year- olds, who we hope will be inspired by Lily to want to see the world.

Lately Lily: Paris for a Day!
Lately Lily: Paris for a Day!
by Lately Lily, LLC

Category: Games, Educational, Education
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: 408.68 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.

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).
 Mysteries of the Grand Canyon iBook by Marie von Minden – Review

Mysteries of the Grand Canyon iBook by Marie von Minden – Review



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What we love…

Beautiful photographs, engaging story, huge amount of information

What we’d love to see…

Ability to hide text after reading

Summary

A great introduction to the Grand Canyon for children who are about to visit it, or who just want to learn more about this important National Park

Our Rating

Mysteries of the Grand Canyon

Mysteries of the Grand Canyon is the first iBook in the series Kristi Kay Discovers Our National Parks by Marie von Minden. Kristi Kay is a Cairn Terrier who travels around the USA with her owner Marie and visits many of the National Parks. This iBook is the story of her visit to the Grand Canyon; as well as the story it also includes an introductory video narrated by the author, and a ‘Kristi Kay Talks with a Ranger” section which provides a lot more factual information about the National Parks, the Grand Canyon and it’s wildlife. The iBook is child-friendly with no adverts, in-app purchases or social media links.

 

Although Kristi Kay is the star of the story she shares the spotlight with two other animals- Alex a California Condor and Gerri an Abert’s Squirrel. The story is illustrated with beautiful nature photographs showing the and canyon and it’s flora and fauna. The story is not narrated, so is best suited to children in second grade or above, or may be enjoyed by slightly younger children if it is read to them.

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In the story Kristi Kay spends several days camping on the rim of the crater with her owner, but dreams of exploring the canyon itself off-leash and free. On their last day her owner hikes deep into the canyon where dogs are not allowed, and Kristi Kay is left alone in camp. Her dream come true when Alex and Gerri take her on a secret trail into the canyon. During her hike the terrier learns about the geology and history of the canyon, about California Condors and the captive breeding program that brought them back from the brink of extinction and about Abert’s and Kaibab Squirrels. She also learns about safe hiking and the importance of passing history and traditions from generation to generation. Some pages contain interactive elements such as animal noises or areas to tap to access more photographs.

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Kristi Kay’s adventure is a fun way to introduce elementary school children to the Grand Canyon going beyond its spectacular beauty to learn a little about its geology, the Native American’s who once lived there, and the animals who live there now. The “Kristi Kay Talks with a Ranger” section provides a lot more in-depth information to children who want to learn more, and includes many photographs and videos. The iBook has almost 100 pages, but my soon-to-be Fourth Grader devoured it in one sitting. He thoroughly enjoyed it but did recommend reading it over several sessions (especially the Ranger section) as his head was swimming from so much information by the end!

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Overall, this iBook provides a great introduction to the Grand Canyon to children who are about to visit it or who just want to learn more about this important National Park. It includes lots of  beautiful photographs, the story is engaging and there is a huge wealth of information included. I found it a great opportunity to talk about the Grand Canyon with my son, and tell him about my own experiences visiting the park and hiking into the crater. I also really enjoyed learning about the California Condor and all the effort that has gone into the Recovery Program; it provided a great opportunity to talk about Endangered Species and our responsibility to help preserve them. The one change I would like to see in a future update is an option to hide the text after reading, so you can see all of the the pictures that are partially hidden by text (the photographs on the non-text pages are beautiful).

 

If you would like to download this iBook please use this link : Mysteries of the Grand Canyon – Marie von Minden

Mysteries of the Grand Canyon
Mysteries of the Grand Canyon
by Marie von Minden

Category: Animals, Books, Young Adult, Fiction, Travel & Adventure, Arts & Entertainment, Art, Science & Nature, Social Studies, Arts & Entertainment, Photography, Specialty Travel, Science & Nature, Nature, United States
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Size: 389.84 MB

$5.99USD


N.B. This is an iBook and can only be viewed on an iPad using iBooks 2 or later. A free sample of the book can be downloaded from iTunes

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).

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