A to Sea by Joshua and Donna Wilson- Review

A to Sea by Joshua and Donna Wilson- Review



 

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What we love…

Beautiful graphics, lots of interactivity,  soothing sounds, fun facts about each animal

What we’d love to see…

Letter sounds, narration of the “extra fun facts”

Summary

An excellent app that teaches children their alphabet and instills appreciation for sea creatures

Our Rating

A to Sea by Josh and Donna Wilson of The Happy Dandelion is not your ordinary ABC book.  Every page, including the cover page, has beautiful interactive graphics combined with soothing narration and audio. The book app comes in both iPhone and iPad versions, this review is of the iPad version.

Each letter in the alphabet is represented by a sea creature with an anecdotal description.  You can either read the text on your own, or click on it to have it read it out loud.  Click or tilt the screen to move the sea creature, see an animation, and/or hear sounds.  Clicking on the bottom of the screen brings up a small banner with an interesting fact about the sea creature. These extra facts are not narrated, it would be nice to be able to have them read aloud too. The banner also contains the home button which will take you back to the home screen.

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The pictures, animations, and sounds on each page make you feel as if you have been magically transported to a serene beach, walking along the shore, and taken a dive in the beautiful big blue sea.  Children will be delighted with all the interactive items while learning an interesting fact or two about each creature they encounter.

A to Sea contains no external links, which makes this app excellent for little ones to play even on their own.   A URL is listed on the credits page for parents to type in to their browser should they choose to (and I believe they will) get more information about The Happy Dandelion and other apps they offer.

One thing I would like to see possibly included in future updates are letter sounds.  For example, clicking on the letter A will bring up an audio that says “The letter A sounds like ah or a.”

Overall, A to Sea is an excellent app that teaches children their alphabet and instills appreciation for the sea and its inhabitants at the same time.  I highly recommend it!

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A to Sea – Joshua Wilson

A to Sea
A to Sea
by Joshua Wilson

Category: Books, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, 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
Size: 73.23 MB

$2.99USD

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iPhone version: A to Sea for iPhone – Joshua Wilson

 

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 Jack and the Beanstalk – Navigate Kids by Jessica Johns – Review and Giveaway

Jack and the Beanstalk – Navigate Kids by Jessica Johns – Review and Giveaway



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What we love…

Children learn the meaning of 10 emotions in the context of a familiar story. Clear facial expression for each emotion.

What we’d love to see…

Audio narration for the story.

Summary

Great app for teaching children essential emotional vocabulary and increasing their emotional intelligence.

Our Rating

Do you use story books to teach emotions? Do you teach your children the vocabulary that they need to identify and understand their own emotions so that they can learn to express and handle these emotions appropriately?

In Jack and the Beanstalk – Navigate Kids, your children will learn the meaning of 10 different emotions (sad, angry, scared, happy, surprised, curious, nervous, jealous, confident, excited) in the context of a familiar story. They will also learn to have empathy skills from 20 scenes in the story where they will use the clues in the text to understand how Jack is feeling and then choose an appropriate emotion for Jack from 10 choices at the bottom of the screen. Once chosen, they will see Jack’s facial expression in that scene change according to the emotion that has been selected and they will also get feedback if the selected emotion is appropriate or not.

 

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In most of these scenes, there are more than one appropriate response and these present wonderful opportunities for us to ask our kids what made them think that’s how Jack feels. We can also ask how would they feel and what would they do if they encountered the same situations as Jack. Getting kids to identify and understand another person’s feelings and situations teaches them empathy and by observing Jack’s facial expressions, kids learn to read facial clues which will in turn help them better relate to people.

20140203-235808.jpgThe story itself is nicely illustrated and filled with rhyming text. Animations and interactivity are kept to a minimum and this works well as you don’t want to have too many frills to distract your child from thinking deeply about what’s happening in the story. Though there are more than 50 pages in this app, navigation within it is easy with a contents page that brings you directly to one of the 4 chapters and a menu page that is easily accessible. It would be great if optional audio narration is added to the story, so that younger children can ‘read’ by themselves.

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This idea of using stories to support social emotional development is not new but a storybook app that is specifically designed for this purpose is new (as far as I know). The app, Jack and the Beanstalk – Navigate Kids is well-made and presents many opportunities for discussions about feelings, besides teaching the meaning of 10 emotions and how they look like. I highly recommend this new reading experience.

 
 

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 Todo Telling Time by Locomotive Labs- Review

Todo Telling Time by Locomotive Labs- Review




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What we love…

beautiful graphics, fun and educational games that do a thorough job helping kids with their time telling skills

What we’d love to see…

better child protection (harder access to the parent page), multiuser capability

Summary

A fantastic in-depth supplement to time and date lessons that is both highly educational and entertaining.

Our Rating

Todo Telling TimeTodo Telling Time by Locomotive Labs is an app designed to help children learn to tell time using both analog and digital clocks.  It contains six fun games that will sharpen skills necessary to read a calendar and tell time and combines learning and fun in an exceptional way.

 

Upon opening the app, you get a beautifully illustrated menu page that shows the current time in digital and analog format, and the current day and date.  Click on the little orange character, who my little ones like to refer to as “Todo”, to hear him say the time.  The hands on the clock are also movable, but will always show the current time whenever you return to the main menu either after playing a game or when opening the app.

 

On the top right is the link to the parent page which can be accessed simply by swiping the icon all the way to the right.  The parent page contains information about the app as well as external links to the app store, websites, and social media.  Given the age that this app is geared to, I find the parent page far too easily accessible.

 

On the bottom of the page are icons that represent each of the six games included.  To the left of these icons is a little star in a circle, and to the left is a little triangle in circle.  The star leads to a progress page which shows the hours played, stars collected, and the days played.  The triangle shows all the levels for each game and which level the player is currently on in each game.  Clicking on the level will take you directly to that level in the game, so you can skip levels using this submenu.

 

Now to the amazing games:

Days and Weeks. 

This game has 3 levels.  In Days and Weeks, children will be putting puzzles together by arranging days and months in the correct order.

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Ferris Wheel.

Ferris Wheel has five levels. In Ferris Wheel, children will be counting by ones and fives.  I love this because the Ferris Wheel is in the shape of a clock and the numbers are arranged in clockwise order.  In fact, the numbers are arranged exactly where they would be found in a clock, so children get to become familiar the numbers on a clockface for both the hours and minutes.

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Schedule. 

Schedule also has five levels. In this game, children will be asked to set the time in an analog clock.  The game progresses from setting the time by the hour (“7:00 am is wake up time!”), through telling time to the quater hour or to the minute,  to setting the time to minutes or hours before or after the given time (“set the clock to an hour before 12:00”).

 

Train Time

The fourth game is called Train Time.  It too has five levels.  In Train Time, children will be asked to read an analog clock and enter it in digital format.

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Memory.

The fifth game is called Memory.  Memory has four levels.  This is fantastic game that will help children memorize where the numbers are on an analog clock.  They will be shown a series of 3 numbers, always in consecutive order.  The numbers are arranged clockwise and they will have to remember where the 3 numbers are located.

 

Time Quiz.

The sixth and last game is a Time Quiz.  It has five levels.  The levels progress from answering  questions regarding whether an event happens during the day or night (i.e. When is it time to wake up? The answer is morning.)  to the last level where they would have to figure out how much time have passed between two given times (i.e. one clock shows 4:05 and the other clock shows 6:10.  Therefore, 2 hours and 5 minutes have passed.)

 

One of the things I would like to see in future updates is multiuser capability.  It would be great to have a separate account for each child so that they can each have their own collection of stars in their progress/summary reports.

 

Todo Telling Time does an incredibly thorough job of helping children tell time better and faster.  It does not, however, teach the basics of how the hand on an analog clock works.  Therefore this app must not be considered as a primary source for teaching time.  I do, however, highly recommend this as a supplement to date and time lesson plans. It is aligned with Common Core Standards for mathematics for telling time in grades 1-3.  It is a fabulous resource as it is highly educational and very entertaining at the same time.  This one is definitely a must have app for kids!

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 Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo by One Monk Clapping – Review and Giveaway

Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo by One Monk Clapping – Review and Giveaway



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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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