The Bear Went Over the Mountain by Loeschware is a new iPad or universal app for iOS featuring the Bear and a variety of mini games along with an original music score. Activities within the app include eight different scenes each of which has interactive options and characters. The app features activities suhc as recycling, counting, up, down, over, under, around and behind in order to advance within the scenes to his destination while learning about wildlife, and the different habitats in each scene.
Our favorite scene by far was the Moon where real photos and audio snippets are present. My son loved taking “camera” photos of his adventures with the app and building up his collection of photos in the scrapbook. Note – unlike many other apps these do not save in your camera roll (a plus in my mind) and your child can see them on the photos page. The original music in this app, like others from Loeschware is well done. I liked the audio snippets like, “the eagle has landed” which were pulled from actual audio clips and the photos were nice photos of items like the “lunar lander” I liked that you did the different activities and could count things like the bear going across the desert and hitting the musical notes, cleaning up the trash and putting it in the recycling bin. The app keeps track of all of the items you collect including the musical notes and has lots of fun hidden elements like a dancing cactus! I also liked that the app tied to common core standards for kindergarten. I really like the teaching that happens in the app with directions, word recognition, word highlighting, different geographies and wildlife. It helped my son understand different environments even though we haven’t been to all of them.
In terms of enhancements, I would like to see the bear bring the camera up to his eye when taking the picture or take it more in the general direction of the animal or sometimes just straight ahead while the animal is in an entirely different portion of the app. In the tree scene, he takes a photo of the woodpecker which appears to be straight ahead even though the woodpecker is above his head. I would also like to have a multi-child option or the ability to save your progress so that the next time you opened the app you could see where you had been.
I loved this worksheet which had supplemental learning activities that you could do with your children outside of the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch while demonstrating knowledge and mastery of a topic. This is a great app for preschoolers and early elementary aged children who are studying geography, love music and taking pictures.
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The Bear Went Over the Mountain by LoeschWareby LoeschWare
Category: Games, Education, Educational, Kids
Requirements: Compatible with all
Size: 45.75 MB
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The Bear Went Over the Mountain HDby LoeschWare
Category: Games, Education, Kids, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPadMini, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 3G, iPadThirdGen, iPadFourthGen, iPad 2 3G, iPad WiFi, iPadMini4G, iPadThirdGen4G, iPad 2 WiFI
Size: 42.14 MB
Screenshots for iPad(Click to enlarge)
Also available on NOOK
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