My Parents Are Crazy! – by Confidence Through Characters, Inc.- Review + Giveaway

My Parents Are Crazy! – by Confidence Through Characters, Inc.- Review + Giveaway




20140319-100448.jpg

What we love…

Very customizable making it suitable for different reading levels, bright colorful illustrations

What we’d love to see…

Autoplay option

Summary

A bright, colorful, fun story with animation, optional narration, word highlighting, and  interactIve elements.

Our Rating

My Parents Are Crazy!My Parents Are Crazy! is an animated, interactive book app from Confidence Through Characters, Inc. It was created by Katherine Geerdes, an educator from Southern California, and is designed to encourage children to read. It has optional narration, word highlighting,(which can also be switched on in read-by-myself mode), and the volume of the background sounds can be adjusted. it also includes a “learn” section with colorful flashcards featuring the sight words from the app, the sight word is spoken if these are touched. There is a page navigation option, so it is easy to return to favorite pages. The app is child-friendly with no adverts, in-app purchases or external links. Through out the app the interactive elements are easily located as the character or object is highlighted.

20140319-100505.jpgKids often complain about their parents expectations: going to school, healthy eating choices and chores, but one day Billy wakes up to discover his parents have totally changed the rules. His mum offers him a Banana Split for breakfast and a candy apple for a snack. Instead of going to school his parents are taking him and his sister Sarah skydiving, and dad wants to rock out on drums and guitar whilst Sarah is trying to sleep. At first Billy doesn’t know what to make of the change but he gradually decides his parents have gone totally crazy! First they are having a food-fight in the kitchen, then dad tells him not to bother cleaning his teeth or bother with shoes and socks when they go out. Not only room do his parents tell him a messy room is best they even untidy it for him! Just when Billy isn’t sure he can take any more of his parents crazy behavior something else happens…….. but you’ll have to read the story to find out what it is!

The book has very bright colorful cartoon-style characters. There aren’t interactive elements on every page, but those that are present do tie-in well with the story. The reader can create a banana split of their own; take part in the food fight; practice writing with whipped cream; and add to the cacophony by playing the drums and guitar, and getting the dog barking and whining along. Surprisingly, my kids favorite activity is tidying up Billy’s room – I wish they were that enthusiastic about tidying their own rooms!

20140319-100547.jpg

I like how customizable the app is, making it suitable for many age levels. Young children can listen to the story with no text, pre-readers can listen and see the text highlighted as it is read, emerging readers can read along with the text-highlighting, and confident readers can read without the highlighting. It has realistic sound effects which can be turned down of off in the settings.The story is fun and a little crazy, it captured my 6 year-old twins attention as they wondered what will the crazy parents do next ? Although my 10 year-old did quickly guess what the plot twist would be. The illustrations are very bright and colorful and the interactions add to the story, and let the child work on their fine motor skills too. If a child is listening to the story with word highlighting, they need to press an arrow each time one block of text is completed to move on to the next, this gets them actively involved in the reading process even if they aren’t yet reading it, but it would be nice to have an autoplay option available as well.

 

My Parents Are Crazy! – Confidence Through Characters, Inc

by

Category:
Requirements: Compatible with
Size: 0 MB

$



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.

Giveaway

If you would like to win a promo code for this app, please enter via the widget below. Winners will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide, and an iTunes account is required to claim the prize. Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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).
 Spelling Hangman by Emma Mills – Giveaway

Spelling Hangman by Emma Mills – Giveaway



iPad Screenshot 2

Spelling HangmanLooking for an app that will help your child with spelling homework and tests?   This app is a fun way that allows parents to enter and record spelling words and enables children to learn by playing hangman.  Children have to enter the letters for the word in the correct order, but if they make a mistake, then a hangman will appear.  There’s a “sneak” peek button which allows them to see a word – but it adds to the hangman!


Spelling Hangman
Spelling Hangman
by Emma Mills

Category: Education, Games, Educational, Word
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: 5.88 MB

$1.99USD

Screenshots
(Click to enlarge)
Screenshots for iPad
(Click to enlarge)


French Spelling Hangman
French Spelling Hangman
by Emma Mills

Category: Education, Educational, Games, Family
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: 6.02 MB

$1.99USD

Screenshots
(Click to enlarge)
Screenshots for iPad
(Click to enlarge)

Giveaway

If you would like to win a promo code for this app, please enter via the widget below. Winners will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide, and an iTunes account is required to claim the prize. When making blog post comment – you must comment either the French or English version (codes will be given in order of responses so you may not get the code that you want). Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.
 Articulation Test Center by Little Bee Speech- Review #SLP

Articulation Test Center by Little Bee Speech- Review #SLP




iPad Screenshot 1

What we love…

The customization capabilities, the ability to make own summary and recommendations in report, ability to score phonological processes and transcribe speech sample later

What we’d love to see…

Ability to turn stimulus word for easier scoring, IPA or other vowel marks for speech transcription, print directly from the app, standardization

Summary

Excellent app that will be a go to app for articulation and phonology assessments. If it had the above additions it would include all areas necessary to make a determination of eligibility for services!

Our Rating

Articulation Test CenterArticulation Test Center is a non standardized articulation and phonology assessment. Combined with a standardized assessment the SLP will have enough information to make an accurate profile of the child’s speech skills. The SLP will be able to determine eligibility for services as well as quickly write IEP goals.

This app has two tests: the quick test and the full test.

image-4The Quick Test is designed to use as a quick reference of whether a chid’s pronunciation is delayed or age appropriate. Select the age of the child being tested and with a tap mark sounds as correct, incorrect or approximate. At the completion of the test you can view a full report including sounds said in error and recommendations for practice.

image-2 The Full Test has more testing options for giving the ability to customize the test to meet the needs of the student being assessed. In the full test option you can choose full test or a combination of the following: initial sounds, medial sounds, final sounds, initial blends, vowels, r sounds, and speech sample. With the Full Test you can mark sounds said in error, substitutions made and phonological processes present. The option of recording a speech sample is also available with three pictures to choose from. during the sample kids can touch pictures which will soon in on the object and provide questions to help stimulate speech. There is even a place to transcribe the speech sample while listening to it later!

image-6When all the testing cards have been scored and you have reached the “Success!” card tap the “Done” button. If you tap “Done” before you have gone through all the cards in the test, the test will be considered incomplete. You may quit without saving or pause and save the test to complete at a later time.

The settings options are as follows: Turning off the “voice prompt” will eliminate the voice recording that describes the card when the card is tapped. Turning off the “stimulus word” will remove the written word from the bottom of the testing card. Turning off the “stimulus image” will remove the picture from the testing card and replace it with large written text. Turning off the “record button” will remove the record button from the screen. Turning off the “sound effects” will eliminate sound effects associated with the buttons.

For those new to, or slow at marking the phonological processes, you can mark the words for articulation and then go back later to edit the assessment and add in the phonological processes! Also this assessment allows for the most phonological processes:backing, fronting, stopping, gliding, deaffrication, affrication, labialization, vowelization, alveolarization, depalatalization, assimilation, denasalization, coalescence, voicing, devouring, reduplication, initial consonant deletion, final consonant deletion, weak syllable deletion, cluster reduction and épée thesis. I’ve seen in an assessment. and don’t be worried if you don’t know what they all mean because when you touch it in the app you are given a description and examples!
image-4
The results can be emailed to yourself and/or the parent. The report is thorough and is customizable. It reports the child’s name, the date, score and child’s age. The report shows the % of sounds tested said correctly, speech intelligibility rating (as marked by SLP), sound errors considered delayed based on age and the position of word for each sound, a chart with the word showing the word with green for correct sounds, red for incorrect and yellow for approximate production the processes marked and notes, another chart that shows: age sounds should be mastered in position of word, a substitutions chart, phonological processes chart, the speech sample transcription and intelligibility rating and the SLP’s summary and recommendations. this is very thorough and well laid out.

The app also offers video tutorials which I highly recommend watching so that you can use the app to the fullest extent.

Overall this is a great app and the students love that it is on the iPad! this is an excellent app that will be a go to app for articulation and phonology assessments. If it had the above additions it would include all areas necessary to make a determination of eligibility for services!

Articulation Test Center – Little Bee Speech

Articulation Test Center Pro
Articulation Test Center Pro
by Little Bee Speech

Category: Education
Requirements: Compatible with 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: 166.64 MB

$59.99USD

Screenshots for iPad
(Click to enlarge)

Giveaway

If you would like to win a promo code for this app, please enter via the widget below. Winners will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide, and an iTunes account is required to claim the prize. Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Suzanne is married with one fantastic 12 year old daughter. Suzanne is a school speech language pathologist in the public schools and enjoys her job tremendously. She and her family have recently moved from North Dakota to Texas and are enjoying the wonderful climate change this move has provided. Suzanne has always been the power user of new electronics in her schools and loves to teach others what she has learned. She shares her knowledge of appropriate apps with coworkers and families.
 StartDOT Handwriting by TrishCO LLC – Review

StartDOT Handwriting by TrishCO LLC – Review



20140314-094622.jpg

What we love…

Stories and fun images that help kids learn and remember the formation and placement of letters and numbers easily.

What we’d love to see…

Ability to customize the Learning Order for each user. Options for more letter styles including left-hand writing.

Summary

A handwriting program that employs developmentally appropriate strategies that really work.

Our Rating

To many children, learning how to write letters and numbers seems to come naturally. Unfortunately, my youngest is not one of them. Apart from his resistance to do any form of writing, he also has visual perceptual issues which further contribute to the difficulties. I had an occupational therapist in to help and with a few tricks of the trade, my boy finally GOT IT! It was just amazing! The strategies she used were actually quite simple but effective.

So when I saw that StartDOT Handwriting uses similar approaches, I just knew that it will help to make the process of learning to write a whole lot smoother and stress-free for many young learners. I list below the wonderful features found in this app.

Kinesthetic Learning Order
20140314-142025.jpgHere, learners learn to write groups of letters that have the same beginning stroke instead of learning them in alphabetical order. Highlighting the similarities in movement helps children to remember the formation better and it also helps them to distinguish between similar letters like b and d. I should also mention that this approach corresponds to the developmental stages of line formations in young children – straight first, circular next, then diagonal.

20140314-153815.jpgAlphabetic Learning Order

Learners who just need to fine-tune the handwriting of specific letters (instead of following the default sequence of the Kinesthetic Learning Order) can switch to the Alphabetic Learning Order. It would be great if this preference can be saved as part of the user’s profile without having to change it in the Settings each time. Perhaps this will happen in the next update but meanwhile, parents/teachers can create unlimited users each with progress tracking!

20140314-134708.jpg

Learners learn the formation of each letter by remembering a short story associated with the letter stroke(s). The stories use animals, persons, objects and actions that are familiar to young children and are chosen to correspond to the space on the handwriting lines – Sky, Grass and Dirt. For example, the instruction for the lowercase g is – start at the dot, go up to the cloud, pick an apple, put it in the basket, keep going up to the dot, now go digging in the dirt and under the worm. This is particularly helpful for students who have difficulty with letter placement on handwriting papers.

20140314-134718.jpgLearners get clear teaching instructions as well as demonstrations and supportive cues are taken off in stages to help learners progress from letter tracing to independent writing. There are also lots of opportunities to practice handwriting on and off the iPad with free worksheet downloads for transfer of skills to writing on paper. To add some color and fun, learners can even choose from 7 colors to do their writing on the iPad.

 

 

20140314-143945.jpg

To remember how 52 (uppercase and lowercase) letters and 10 numerals are written can be a daunting task for young children but cute stories help to make the connection faster and they retain the information longer. StartDOT Handwriting stands out because it understands how young children learn and it adds fun to an otherwise repetitive (boring) activity. It is designed to let learners of all abilities to experience greater success at different stages of handwriting development. I highly recommend it!

 

Website
Facebook
Twitter

StartDOT Handwriting – TrishCO LLC

StartDOT Handwriting StartDOT Handwriting by TrishCO LLC
Category: Education
Requirements: Compatible with 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: 105.9 MB

$1.99USD

Giveaway

If you would like to win a promo code for this app, please enter via the widget below. Winners will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide, and an iTunes account is required to claim the prize. Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

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.

Pin It on Pinterest