Menlo Park, California, USA — December 21, 2016 — For immediate release
Ho ho ho! Just in time for holiday downloads, Clever Dragons Learning Apps announces the arrival of an Early Learners Bundle with a full version of the new Dragon Egg Kindergarten Game, plus six other apps designed especially for young children. Buy the bundle save over 40% compared with purchasing each title separately.
The Dragon Egg series offers a unique approach to app-based learning. In each title, children nurture a baby dragon egg, helping it to explore its environment, including the Dragon School, which is filled with age-appropriate learning. In Dragon Egg Kindergarten, kids will find alphabet, counting, beginning reading, and science challenges in the schoolhouse, along with music and animal electives. Mini-games build fine motor skills and earn “Gold” which can then be used to personalize the egg, with colors and accessories, including our newly added Santa hat.
Other apps in the Early Learners bundle include:
✓ Kindergarten Reading — listen to each word read aloud, then select the matching written word. Twelve levels of increasing challenge that advance with your learner!
✓ First Grade Reading — match pictures to written words, with or without audio cues.
✓ Learn the Alphabet — form fundamental connections for reading and writing by matching uppercase letters with their lowercase counterparts.
✓ Skip Counting — have fun counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s while building numeracy skills used later in multiplication
✓ Zoo Animals — a fun, fast-paced quiz all about animals!
✓ Dog Breeds — learn over 45 common breeds, including favorite furry friends like goldens, poodles, pugs, chihuahuas, and more!
All content is available within each app, with no in-app purchases or internet connection required — ideal for playing on-the-go.
Dragon Egg — Kindergarten Game for Early Learners
by Always Icecream & Clever Dragons
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: 45.3 MB
Screenshots (Click to enlarge)
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App Bundle with all apps for $12.99
About Miaplaza, Inc, maker of Clever Dragons Learning Apps
Miaplaza, Inc. offers the learn-and-play websites Miacademy.co, Always-Icecream.com, and Clever-Dragons.com, as well as over 60 iPhone and iOS apps for learners of all ages.
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What we love…
easy to use phonics and reading app that provides word families to encourage reading with phonics
What we’d love to see…
Stronger parental gate, more instructions for some of the mini games
Fun app for emerging readers that mixes monsters and fun
Wonster Words is an app for iOS which teaches kids words using word families, phonics, vocabulary words and digraphs in a fun interactive way using monsters as the underlying theme. For example, the word families for “at” include “splat”, “cat”, “rat”, “bat”. First you make the word with letters then you see a variety of ways it is illustrated “baseball bat” or “bat” the animal. After completing the word, you move on to see it illustrated and then used in a “real world” setting. The app is targeted at older preschool and early elementary aged children as it captures a number of sight words and can be used by pre-reading children as well as those working on sight words.
I loved when you were making words that the letters are sounded out individually as that helped my son clearly understand each of the words and the sounds that they made as well a describing what the word did. For example, “hike” showed the word and then a nature hike. There’s a nice carry over of skills here that encourages kids to engage in a fun way and continue using the app. I also liked that you could scroll through the app and look for specific word families to practice on – my son in particular struggles with the “th” since it’s silent at times and he did well with this lesson and was able to practice the words in real time. My son also commented that the monsters “were not scary” and he liked that.
In terms of improvements, I would like to see the word spelling required to be done in order rather than just dragging the letters in as it encourages kids to sound out the word. I also wish that there were instructions for some of the games, the one with the monster falling where you need to capture the lightening bugs took a bit for my son to figure out – although he loved the obstacles and trying to catch all of them. The price point for the app is a bit high, but you do get a lot of content for the dollar. I would also like to see a stronger parental gate, perhaps one that includes a math problem rather than a “press and hold” model.
Overall, this app is a good one for teaching emerging readers. It did a nice job of practicing phonics and word families and helped my son understand the concepts of reading. The price tag is a bit high so I encourage you to try it and if you like it, then you can purchase it either via in-app purchases or by purchasing the pro version of the app.
Wonster Words Learning
by 77Sparx Studio, Inc.
• Award-winning ABC, phonics, and spelling app!
Is your child learning the alphabet, spelling or phonics? Does your kid or toddler like silly videos and fun educational games? If so, download Wonster.
Full version (no IAP)
Wonster Words (Pro Edition)
by 77Sparx Studio, Inc.
Price: $14.99 USD
• Multiple-awards winning app from the maker of Puzzingo Puzzles!
Is your child learning to spell? Is your kid sounding out words with phonics? Does your kid like silly videos? If so, download Wonster.
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.
What we love…
Colorful, engaging, illustrations and animations. Customization options of difficulty levels and presentation of the targets, data tracking
What we’d love to see…
Option to have wrong choices disappear after selection, correct choice visually highlighted after it is chosen, labeling of emoticons.
Listening Power Preschool is a very high-quality app for targeting auditory comprehension skills of preschool children ages 3-6 years.
Listening Power Preschool by Hamaguchi Apps is an excellent app for developing auditory comprehension of verbal directions and concepts. The developer is a licensed speech-language pathologist and has several other apps which target verbal expression, following directions, and pragmatic skills. We have previously reviewed several of their apps including: Fun with Directions, More Fun with Directions, Talk About It Objects, You’re The Storyteller: The Surprise and Picture the Sentence.
There are five different activities in Listening Power Preschool: descriptions (adjectives i.e. shortest, cold, green), directions (positional concepts i.e. on, out, first), grammar and meaning (pronouns, verb tenses, negation), stories with pictures, and stories without pictures (with following comprehension questions).
The app is easy to use and has highly customizable settings. The ease-of-use is enhanced by a wonderful demo video highlighting the settings and features of the app. Each activity has individual settings for difficulty (easy, intermediate, and advanced) as well as the ability to select number of choices (2, 3, or 4). This ability to customize settings allows for the accommodation of a wide range of skill levels.
Individual users can be tracked and you can even add members to a group while still keeping individualized settings and data tracking for each child. Data for each of the five different activities (i.e. directions vs description) is also tracked separately to give an individualized overview of the child’s progress in each area. These are excellent features for speech therapy sessions. Another nice feature is that the picture choices are not made visible until the question has been presented auditorily. This lessens the visual distractions and helps the child focus on the verbal instructions.
The app supports errorless learning as only correct choices are reinforced. If a child selects the wrong picture nothing happens, although the data tracking will indicate a wrong choice (data tracking can be visible on the screen or hidden). After the correct choice is selected the target concept is restated which also helps to solidify learning. It may be beneficial to have an option for the wrong choices disappear as they are selected to help narrow down the choices. It would also be nice to have the correct choice consistently highlighted visually after it is chosen to further reinforce understanding of the concept. The app has an option to automatically adjust levels increasing difficulty if the child gets 6 correct responses in a row or decreasing it if they keep making mistakes, this can be switched off in settings.
In some of the exercises the child is asked to identify how someone was feeling based on an emoticon. For happy and sad these are obvious, but for some of other emotions it can be harder to tell. It would be nice to have these labelled (even in text off mode) so that the adult working with the child can tell them what each emoticon represents if they are unsure.
The app also has a built- in reward system. This is a bubble-popping reinforcement game which can be set to occur at different intervals or turned off altogether.
Overall, this is a very high-quality app for targeting auditory comprehension skills of preschool children ages 3-6 years. It is obvious that much consideration was placed on the customization of difficulty levels and the presentation of the targets themselves. The colorful illustrations and animations are engaging and motivating. Even my two-year-old son was able to attend to the app on the easiest setting although he was still a bit young for the story comprehension tasks. The bubble pop reinforcement game was a big hit with him. As well as being used for Auditory Comprehension there is also a “text on” option which allows the app to be used for reading decoding and comprehension in slightly older children as well.
This app would be particularly useful for speech pathologists who work with preschoolers in groups; but I would also recommend this app for any preschool child needing to work on attention and listening skills which, let’s face it, would include practically all preschoolers.
New app, on sale for BHSM- will be $15.99
Full version iTunes Link Listening Power Preschool HD – Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development
Lite version iTunes Link: Listening Power Preschool Lite HD – Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development
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