Smarty Britches: Verbs By Sascyn Publishing, Inc – Review
Smarty Britches: Verbs is the second app in the series by Sascyn Publishing, Inc. and features a boy named Wyatt who wears a magical pair of Smarty Britches who goes on an evening adventure to find action verbs who are disrupting the evening. This book’s main characters are Jackson and Izel who is Latina and is bilingual speaking both English and Spanish. Jackson is Smarty Britches Wyatt’s brother who also helps us find nouns within the story. The app features a “read to me”, “read to myself” mode as well as special activities at the end of the story. The author of this series is Cyndie Sebourn and she created these books to help early readers, you can learn more about her background by reading an interview that I did with her in 2011 when her Smarty Britches: Nouns book was released. The app features cooking, use of math and action verbs in the context of Van Gogh’s art. In addition, a coloring sheet and other curriculum information is available on her website which makes for a great tie to the classroom, home schooling or even retention of skills during the summertime. The app also aligns with Common Core Learning Standards.
One of my favorite parts of the story is the illustrations and the narration. I loved how the story interweaved an adventure with Wyatt coming in on his horse to “save the day” while having an educational twist. There are a number of animations on each page which serve to engage the reader and help them further understand the plot. I also used the story to help my six year old identify animals we saw while “rounding up” the rowdy action verbs. Animals in the story include: bears, skunks, lightening bugs, raccoon, frogs and more. The app highlights words after narration in red that are action verbs for us to “capture” – examples include: colored, scared, awakened, poked and more. All of these words are a natural part of the story. My son also loved the activites at the end especially making S’mores with CC which provided a recipe for cooking one of Wyatt’s favorite treats. Having Izel provide information in both English and Spanish as well as including information about the history behind house versus home and why although they meant the same thing one had a slightly different meaning. I also used some of the supplementary activities from the website to ask my son what he learned from the story as we read it.
In terms of enhancements, it would be nice to have a definition for the action words at the end of the story – I didn’t see one complete listing of the words along with them. My son asked for a “bag” so that he could drag his action verbs into them each time that he found them after capturing them with a lasso.
This was a great educational and fun app to share with my son who is working on early reading skills. Having a variety of things included in the app with the narration, word highlighting and plot helped him stay engaged with the story and follow along for the “hunt” for action verbs.
Smarty Britches: Verbsby Sascyn Publishing, Inc.
Category: Education, Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 2 WiFI, iPad WiFi, iPad 3G, iPadMini4G, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadMini
Size: 48.96 MB
Screenshots for iPad(Click to enlarge)
Also available on Google Play
NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.
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