This week’s reviews include apps that bring the classroom into your house; one more playful learning experience to give your kids this summer.
Futaba Classroom Games for Kids allows up to four kids to sit around the iPad answering questions to win points. Useful for reviewing vocabulary and facts already in the app with settings to create and add your own content. With the amount of customization options this is really an exciting app for teachers and parents.
Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 Syllables is a continuation of the amazing phonics series created by Pyxwise Software. With each of these apps, kids learn through supportive self-correction, short teaching moments and applicable lessons that pair well with their educational experiences. This app goes beyond spelling practice to actually teach and connect a tremendous amount of educational content in small manageable bites. The line of Simplex Spelling apps are favorites of KinderTown reviewers, parents, teachers and kids.
Trucks, an early learning and discovery app from Duck Duck Moose, is sure to become a favorite at your house. Four games model how we use vehicles in real-life. Drive through the carwash, fix a blown tire, sort the garbage to be picked up by the right truck and more. Early learning concepts like sorting and problem solving are seamlessly and naturally part of the activities. A great example of how to create an educational app that plays like a toy.
Read on Sight is an educational app which reinforces sight words and sentence structure. Children see and hear a sentence read aloud, the individual words drop out of order and they need to drag the words back in order. The only feedback you get is when the sentence is formed correctly. A strong learning app with no game play. Good to use with a child who needs extra direct practice in these areas or for the classroom.