Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo by One Monk Clapping – Review



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What we love…

Engaging 3-D animated graphics, ability to explore scenes, large range of topics covered.

What we’d love to see…

Data tracking, multiple player profiles, seesaw to visibly balance.

Summary

A a must-have preschool math app- it  covers a wide range of topics, uses auditory and visual supports, has high quality 3-D animated graphics, is engaging and FUN!

Our Rating

Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo is a universal educational app from One Monk Clapping, it is available as a free download allowing you to access 3 mini-games. The full app contains 12 mini-games. It contains no adverts or social media links and the in-app purchase is behind a parental gate (accessed by answering multiplication questions). April 2014: there is now also a full version available without IAP.

The app contains a series of mini-games that work on different foundation math skills. The games are divided into 3 areas: Farm games, Forest Games and Asia Games. One game in each area is free, you can unlock any area for $1.99 or all three areas for $3.99. Both written and verbal directions are given for each game. If a child gets a question wrong they are gently encouraged to try again, and right answers are greeted with positive encouragement such as cheers, balloons and streamers.

Farm Games:

These are set in a farmyard scene and 3-D animated animals are used as manipulatives, the child can explore the scene by scrolling around, and the animals will follow. Touching objects in the scene will trigger narration about that object and sometimes trigger movement too. Tapping on animals will trigger sound effects and sometimes movements.

Counting (free):

This game practices counting from one to ten. A group of farm animals comes on to the screen and the student is asked e.g. “how many chickens are there?”. They can choose from a selection of multiple choice answers, but if they need more help they can touch the animals one by one and the app will count with them both verbally and numerically.

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Who is Missing:

A group of farm animals run onto the screen in a pattern, but one is missing. The child must choose the correct animal and then it will run to the group to complete the pattern.

Which Group is Bigger:

There are two groups of farm animals in the field, the child must pick which group has more animals.

Who Am I:

The farm animals are roaming around the farm, the child is asked to pick a specific type of animal from the group.

Forest Games
These games are set in a woodland clearing with a stream, ruined tower and tents. The child can explore this scene the same way as exploring the farm.

Addition (free) :

Two groups of animals have come out to play in the forest, the child needs to count how many there are in total. The child can pick the right answer, or tap on the animals to count them.

Subtraction:

Two groups of animals are on the screen e.g. wolves and zebras. The child is asked a subtraction question e.g. 10-4, they can choose the right answer from several choices or use the animals as manipulatives to solve the equation. For 10-4, there are 10 animals in total, the group on the right side of the screen (in this case zebras) represents the number being taken away, the child can tap on them and they will be counted as they leave the screen, the group on the left remains and and they can tap on these to see how many are left.

Missing Number:

Animals appear on the screen each with a number on, the numbers are lined up smallest to largest, but one number is missing. The child picks the missing number from a selection of possible answers.

Animal Match:

Lots of different animals are in the forest, and the child needs to match them up two by two.

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Asia Games

Hide And Seek (free):

A bunch of animals scamper onto the screen, then Asian- stye curtains drop to hide them, the child needs to remember where the animals are hiding.

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Shape Ninja:

In this game children get to hone their shape recognition skills by slicing the right shape Fruit Ninja style.

What Shape Am I:

The shape vendor has several shapes to choose from on his cart, the child needs to pick the correct one by name.

Balance the Seesaw:

A bunch of animals have numbers on their sides, one jumps on the right side of the seesaw, the child needs to add animals to the left of the seesaw so that the numbers balance. Once they have balanced the seesaw the problem appears as an equation on the top of the page. Just a small point but once problem is solved the seesaw doesn’t look balanced, it looks lower on the left side, I’d like the seesaw actually look level once the problem is solved.

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I think this is a great math app for pre-school children and some early elementary school students will find it useful too. It works on a wide range of skills from counting to 10, through simple addition and subtraction up to 10, shape identification, memorization, animal identification, patterns and matching. The graphics and animal themes are fun and engaging, I really like the ability to explore the scenes and have the animals come with you. The app works at different skill levels allowing the child to answer the question via multiple choice or use the animals as manipulatives to help them count their way to the solution. The questions change each time you play the app to keep the content fresh and engaging. If you complete a section you see a score for that section, but there doesn’t seem to be anyway to see how a child is doing in different areas over time. I would love to see individual player profiles and records of how each player is doing in each area.

Overall, this is a must-have preschool math app- it is covers a wide range of topics, uses auditory and visual supports, has high quality 3-D animated graphics,  is engaging and FUN! I would highly recommend downloading the free app today and I think $3.99 is a reasonable price for the full unlock given the amount of content in the app.

UPDATE APRIL 2014

The developer has now fixed the seesaw balance issue and has added multiple player profiles as I requested. He has also made many other improvements. A great app made even better!

There is also now a full version available with no in-app purchases.

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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).


StartDOT Handwriting by TrishCO LLC – Review



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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.

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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!

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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.

 

 

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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!

 

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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 two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. 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.


I Can Name 50 Trees Today (Dr Seuss/ Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media – Review



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What we love…

teaching children about trees in an easy to understand format

What we’d love to see…

Map showing where trees are located; more interaction such as games to test knowledge of trees

Summary

Great information on Trees. wonderful features to encourage literacy skills.

Our Rating

 

 

I Can Name 50 Trees Today (Dr Seuss/ Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media.  This app is a great app for people wanting to learn about trees – it’s a bit like an encyclopedia app where The Cat in the Hat helps teach Dick and Sally about Trees all over the world. he app tells simple information like the parts of the trees. A close up picture is shown of the leaves and the bark for every tree.

Features of the app include:

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Touch the name of the tree and you are told what it looks like and where it it found. many great fun facts are learned as well.

My daughter’s Girl Scout troop was earning their tree badge and had to learn to identify different types of trees by their bark and leaves. This was a fun way for them to learn about trees that are not in our area and my daughter loved that she knew some trees from up north where she grew up and where her grandparents live.

Oceanhouse Media has great features in their book apps. this app has the following features: Two reading options (read to me and read by myself), words are highlighted as they are read, tap pictures and they are named aloud with the word highlighted, record your own voice and share it. OM also has parental controls with a locked parental gate which ensure that little fingers do not get into areas that they should not be.

This is a great resource book for kids learning about trees or who are really interested in trees. It unfortunately, did not keep my daughters interest as well as some of OM’s other book apps. I would highly recommend for learning trees but this app is not going to be most children’s favorite Oceanhouse Media book app since the story is more educational in nature versus their traditional type of app.  It would be great for learning for a home schooling family, someone who enjoys nature or even those going on a nature hike to understand more about the trees around them.

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