Outside Your Door! Learning Library Collection (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media – Review and Giveaway

Outside Your Door! Learning Library Collection (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media – Review and Giveaway



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What we love…

Very educational, provides a ton of information without being overwhelming, entertaining read.

What we’d love to see…

None, I love it as it is!

Summary

A collection of four books that will get children excited about trees, plants, butterflies, and birds.

Our Rating

Do you want get your kids excited to spend some time outdoors, not just to run and play, but also to explore, make discoveries, and take in all the beauty and wonder that nature has to offer? Then you’ll definitely want to get them Outside Your Door! a Dr. Seuss Learning Library Collection by Oceanhouse Media. It includes four books: I Can Name 50 Trees Today!, Oh Say Can You Seed, My, Oh My – A Butterfly!, and Fine Feathered Friends.

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In I Can Name 50 Trees Today! children will learn to identify trees by the leaf and bark features. They will learn about tree parts and their function. They will also learn some fascinating facts about trees from all over the world. In Oh Say Can You Seed, children will take a look inside a seed and discover what a seed is and does. They will learn about the parts of a plant, parts of a flower, and how they all work together to help the plant grow and reproduce. They will also learn about the different ways plants are used and how they help us. In My, Oh My – A Butterfly! children will study the life cycle of a butterfly, distinguish between moths and butterflies, and find out how different butterflies got their names. In Fine Feathered Friends, children will take a look at various birds, their features, and their habits.

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Outside Your Door! has two reading options: Read To Me and Read It Myself. It also has all the wonderful features found in Oceanhouse Media apps such as text highlighting, voice recording, tappable words and pictures, and movable objects. It enhances the learning experience with interactive diagrams and bold words that give more detailed information, including definitions, when clicked. There are external links, but they can only be accessed by following a specific direction written in a pop-up box.

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This collection of books is a terrific supplement to science lessons. They are sure to be loved by children from preschool to early elementary. By the time they finished reading these books, your children will be asking you for a blank journal so they can collect leaves, keep track of the birds and butterflies they see, and maybe even draw some interesting plants or seeds they come across. I wholeheartedly recommend it!

 

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 Fun English Course by Studycat Limited – Review

Fun English Course by Studycat Limited – Review



What we love…

flexible app that teaches a variety of verbs, adjectives, sign words, letters and numbers to children from toddler through late elementary school

What we’d love to see…

multi user functionality; ability to track progress in a dashboard rather than having to start over each time; better instructions for the mini games

Summary

This app would be a good one for English as a second language learner as the curriculum included is straightforward and will help children learn in a sequential way. For a child that is already a native English speaker, it might be useful in early intervention or other skills based learning for children with a speech delay.

Our Rating

Fun English Course - Language Learning Games for Kids aged 3-10. Toddlers, kindergarten and preschool children learn English through play activities.Fun English Course by Studycat Limited is a universal app designed for iOS to teach children English through a variety of games and activities targeting children from preschool through elementary school with older learners learning English as a second language. Through a variety of games including colors, animals, numbers, food, vehicles, body parts, fruits, clothing, items around the house, and sea animals children are treated to a variety of activities to help teach them about the basics about the item through a set of exercises including finding an object in a scene, spelling, memory cards, pairing up items, listening skills and more. The app features bright colors and animations and each game has a different set of activities designed to engage children without making it feel repetitive for learning. The languages offered for the app include: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese. The app teaches things like singular and plural, spelling, verbs like “to be”, “to have” and “to put” as well as “likes/doesn’t like”, descriptors on “he/she is wearing, adjectives and more. Each lesson starts with an introduction to the word and then proceeds into a variety of games for children to play. The app also features a “lite” version with in-app purchases allowing you to try the app before making the purchase either of modules or the entire app. Each game has a variety of levels which your child must master before being able to move on to the next level.

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In terms of things that I liked, I found the app engaging for my five year old as we worked on word identification, item identification and basic English skills. He is currently working on sight words at school – so there were times I took items in the app out of context and focused on skills specific to his needs rather than what the app was trying to teach him. Having the different sections allowed me to help him target specific areas that he needed to focus on. The app engages and I liked that the games did not repeat over and over again and helped focus in on specific skills.

I also found some of the games needed more instruction as they were a bit “hit or miss” as to how to play them especially the fish game in the numbers section. To complete this game you needed to shoot a pearl at the fish in order to make him count – we figured this out after tapping on him multiple times without success. The app does have a locked parent section which requires a swipe. Given that this targets children from the very young to older, I’d like to at least see a math problem included here to prevent kids from getting into external links as well as social media. I would also like to see a dashboard of items that your child has worked on and areas that might need additional focus as well as an option for multiple children. Given the price of the app – I was disappointed to see that it did not include that functionality as I can see this as a tool that speech therapists as well as classroom teachers and parents would use, but it is one of the higher priced apps at $12.99 and this would help it appeal to a wider audience. I would also like to see counting to a higher number such as 20 or 30 included as this is a skill that preschool/kindergarten students are expected to have.

This app would be a good one for English as a second language learner as the curriculum included is straightforward and will help children learn in a sequential way. For a child that is already a native English speaker, it might be useful in early intervention or other skills based learning for children with a speech delay.

Fun English (SE): Language Lessons for Kids
Fun English (SE): Language Lessons for Kids
by Studycat Limited

Category: Education, Games, Educational, 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: 126.71 MB

$15.99USD

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Fun English Language Learning Games & ESL for Kids
Fun English Language Learning Games & ESL for Kids
by Studycat Limited

Category: Education, Family, Educational, Games
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
Size: 126.1 MB

$FREE

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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.
The Ergo Stylus by The Pencil Grip Inc.- Review and Giveaway

The Ergo Stylus by The Pencil Grip Inc.- Review and Giveaway


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Pros…

Designed to encourage an ergonomic grip, large diameter, weighted stylus works well for children learning to write

Cons…

Broad tip not ideal for fine detail, large and heavy so not ideal  for use on the go.

Summary

If you are looking for a stylus for a child learning to write, or for someone with fine motor issues this is a great choice. The size, weight and built-in grip all help encourage a good hand position.

 

Our Rating

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The Pencil Grip Inc. are a company that specializes in ergonomic writing aids. I have been using their pencil grip with my daughter to help teach her to hold her pencil correctly, so I was very interested to hear that they are moving into the digital age and are now producing a stylus too.

As soon as you see this stylus it is obvious that it is not a standard iPad stylus. It is a chunky stylus, similar in size to a fat marker pen and with an ergonomic Pencil Grip built in. The Pencil Grip itself is a pear- shaped, flexible grip, which is triangular in cross-section. The Pencil Grip holds the fingers in a relaxed position by supporting the first knuckle of the thumb and index finger, encouraging the user to use a full hand and arm action when writing.   It works for both right and left-handed users.

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I tested this stylus out myself and with my six-year-old daughter who has fine motor issues. As well as having the grip built-in, this stylus is also bigger and heavier than your average iPad stylus. These are all good things for use with a young child learning to write, and for older children with fine motor issues. I found the stylus easy to write and draw with, and it worked well at a variety of angles, the grip naturally guides you to use it in an ergonomic way. My daughter really liked using the stylus her comment was “I love this pen, mum” and although she still doesn’t have a “perfect grip” when using it she does have her fingers in a much better, more ergonomic position than with any other stylus we have tried. The tip is very broad – so it is like writing or drawing with a broad-tipped marker – so not an ideal stylus for doing detailed work, and the stylus is big enough that it wouldn’t be my first choice to carry for use myself, but for use with my daughter it is exactly what I’m looking for in a stylus. It might also be a good choice for an older person who has problems gripping a narrow pen or stylus. Like most styluses it performs much better without a screen protector on the iPad. The stylus has a rubber tip that is not replaceable, so over time the stylus will need replacing, but as it currently sells for only $12.99 it is cheap enough to replace every few months.

Overall, if you are looking for a stylus for a child learning to write, or for someone with fine motor issues this is a great choice. The size, weight and built-in grip all help encourage a good hand position.

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

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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).
 LanguageBuilder Deluxe by Mobile Education Store- Review

LanguageBuilder Deluxe by Mobile Education Store- Review



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What we love…

I love the program for its simplicity, email capability, 3 levels of hints, have to listen to recording before moving on.

What we’d love to see…

I would love to list more than one student at a time, have hints read aloud

Summary

The hints allow students to participate in all targets even when they are having trouble coming up with their own sentence. The ability to rerecord allow students to self monitor and fix their sentences before the therapist intervenes. This is a great step up from using a tape recorder!

Our Rating

 

LanguageBuilderDeluxeMobile Education Store develops iPhone and iPad apps for families and educators to help children learn sentence structure and narrative skills. This company was started by a father of a special needs daughter who found existing special education software to be lacking the variety in content and engaging play to hold his daughters attention. He wanted programs his daughter WANTED to play! The iMums have previously reviewed ConversationBuilder, ConversationBuilder Teen, TenseBuilder, PrepositionBuilder and Rainbow Sentences by Mobile Education Store.

 

Language Builder Deluxe works on creating sentences in a fun way that allows students to listen to their sentences after they record them, which assists some students in identifying and correcting their mistakes. A picture is presented to the student and they record their own sentence. Then they play it back. After that they can re-record to fix errors, move on to another picture or save the sentence.

 

The sentences are organized into themes, you can choose to work on specific themes or randomize all themes. Students can choose to skip a picture which is useful as some times a student really doesn’t like a specific picture.

 

iPad Screenshot 4There are three levels of hints if a student is having trouble creating a sentence. In level 1, a potential sentence is displayed on the screen, with only a few words missing for the student to fill in.  In level 2, only the first few words of a potential sentence is displayed.  In level 3, no words are displayed on the screen, but instead, an audio clip is played that encourages the student to include one or two key words in their sentence.  Under the archive tab, a table of all of the saved sentences is displayed on the left side of the screen.  When one of the saved sentences is tapped, the associated image is displayed on the right of the screen.  You may play the sentence, delete it or email it.  The delete all button will erase all the saved sentences.

 

Although this app has its place I don’t feel it offers as much for the money as the other apps in the series, hence it’s lower star rating.  I would like to be able to have more than one student listed at the same time, which would be useful in group speech therapy sessions. I would also like to be able to have the hints read aloud for individual words for children who can not read.

I love the program for its simplicity, email capability, 3 levels of hints, and that you have to listen to the recording before moving on. The hints allow students to participate in all targets even when they are having trouble coming up with their own sentence. The ability to rerecord allow students to self monitor and fix their sentences before the therapist intervenes. This is a great step up from using a tape recorder!
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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.

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