Preparing your kids for Pre-K can be an exciting challenge; these apps can help.
Wee Alphas incorporates delightful early literacy experiences within a dynamic ABC app. Letters are presented in a witty and creative sentence. Vocabulary is dynamic with a nice infusion of alliteration and word play. Seek and find letters hidden in the illusions (you can tell the developers are designers) and watch as each letter is highlighted in both the picture and the text. Interactivity reinforces the letter stories in a way that we hope becomes the standard for all kids apps. Many more features to highlight, but we will leave you with the recommendation to start at the in-depth parent pages that include tips for parents and kids playing together.
GazziliShapes teaches 8 shapes by having children tap and identify each shape in real objects. Six levels progressively unlock and increase with difficulty. A narrator leads your child through each activity and cute child characters provide explanations and descriptions for each shape. Note that this app will prompt your child to share on Twitter and has an active Tweet button on each page, both can be turned off from the options page. Use GazziliShapes to help your child learn about shapes and as an interactive game for them to look for shapes in real life objects.
Elmo Loves 123s is a complete number sense experience to prepare young children for counting, number recognition, addition and subtraction. Join Elmo to learn the numbers 1 through 20 with vidoes, games and coloring. Abby Cadabby talks kids through a series of 1-to-1 correspondence, modeled early addition and subtraction play that is prefect for young kids. There is tons of language in the app and each game is incredibly supportive. Parents you get a full report, right in the app, of what activities your child has been doing, their success percentage and what numbers your child has been favoring. Overall, one of the best number sense apps we’ve played.