ZyroMath City Count by Zyrobotics LLC – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

customizable, easy to use math app includes functions for special needs kids and provides a motivating learning experience

What we’d love to see…

hints if you get the same answer wrong over and over again,

Summary

Fast paced math app that encourages children to learn in a drill and challenge mode. Love the special features for special needs kids including switch accessibility and the ability to turn down sounds and graphics.

Our Rating

zyrocityZyroMath City Count is an interactive counting game designed for late preschool and early elementary school aged children as well as those with special needs.  The app features an integrated switch-accessible runner game which has Zyro running through the city collecting stars and power ups for solving math problems.  The app teaches you how to count to 100 by ones and tens, improves hand-eye coordination as well as fine motor skills and has the ability to turn down the graphics and music which can be overwhelming to kids with sensory challenges.  There are three modes (beginner, advanced and expert)  which can be chosen based on the level of math or motor skills as well as a customizable learning mode which will help you find the right settings based on your child’s skill level.

One of my favorite things about the app was that it encouraged children to learn through a variety of different rewards and motivators.  By coordinating fine motor skills (touching, jumping) and providing “prizes” kids were motivated to learn and demonstrate their skills.  My son liked the “drill” mode to practice his skills and then switched to challenge mode to answer questions and earn points.  I also really liked seeing how my son did with the app using the parent dashboard.  I was able to see if he consistently struggled in one area versus another.  I also liked that the app could be used as part of an IEP for demonstrating mastery for special needs children or kids who might be having trouble focusing on one specific type of math skill and to demonstrate common core skill mastery.  For example, if your child has trouble with a specific number in counting like (5, 9, etc) then you can pick a mode which will help them focus in on core skills and move forward within the app.  I also liked that the drills were fairly short so they held kids attention while they ran and captured the numbers.  I also liked the multi-player capability and the reporting to I could see the areas that my son was working on as well as struggling with.

In terms of enhancements, my son got “stuck” in the store because he didn’t have enough earned stars to buy a prize and we were unable to exit it without closing out of the app even though we kept clicking back.   If you get a question wrong in the challenge mode, even if you get it wrong multiple times there is no “hint”  I’d like to see a hint or some sort of annotation about this so I could work with my child to make sure he got the right answer in the future.

Fun math app that encourages children to work hard on both math and fine motor skills with motivators while they learn.  There are no external links or in app purchases.  My son loved working on his math drills in the fact paced learning environment and I loved that he was having so much fun he didn’t want to stop! I loved that I could turn down the graphics and the sound if he got overwhelmed with them while he still enjoyed the app.



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ZyroMath City Count
ZyroMath City Count
by Zyrobotics LLC

Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, 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: 218.55 MB

$1.99USD

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ZyroMath City Count ZyroMath City Count by Zyrobotics LLC

Price: $1.99 USD

Platinum winner of the Best App for Children and Toddlers from Best Mobile App Awards. From the makers of the award-winning OctoPlus comes another fun, interactive, math game for young children and children.


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Up to 100 by Marbotic – Review



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What we love…

fun game that engages children to learn about numbers using a traditional app as well as the added wooden numbers portion

What we’d love to see…

hints for the rooster level problems if they are answered wrong repeated times;  introduction to wooden numbers for the parent

Summary

This app helped my son be able to demonstrate the one and ten position of numbers in the span of less than a week.   It is best suited to preschool to early elementary school age.

Our Rating

 

Up to 100Up to 100 by Marbotic is an iPad only app that takes tablet based learning to a different level by allowing you to use wooden numbers to press on the screen for learning.  The app is aimed at preschool age and slightly older and helps your number learn number sequencing (find the missing number), understanding two digit numbers (the ten and the one place); recognizing a number written out in either cursive or print, understand the pronunciation of numbers and the ability to manipulate quantities of numbers.  The app has narration available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish.

We tested the app using both the traditional style with moving the numbers and touching them as well as with the tactile wooden numbers and hands down we enjoyed using the wooden numbers more.    In the understanding the ten and one places – there are three levels (chick, hen and rooster) each has progressively more difficult.  The chick allows you to experiment by dragging or touching numbers to the screen and visually displaying them.  The hen displays a number and then you have to either use the number strip or the wooden numbers to tap on it as well as saying the number.  The rooster shows the number of dots to represent each of the numbers in the ten and one spots and then you have to fill in the information correctly.  It was similar in the numbers section with the chick section allowing you to manipulate the numbers, rooster showing a series of numbers with one missing that you had to fill in and the rooster showing a spelled out word.

I liked that the app used simple concepts such as a ten box and a one box with dots to show the progression of numbers as well as having three different levels of difficulty.  This meant we could experiment with concepts prior to having to demonstrate them.  The app was easy to play and provided instructions as you played,   The parent area allowed you to change the settings for your children including the showing of the number bar, beads in color versus black and white, numbers in letters and the toggling of the numbers slide.  For the most part we left the numbers slide on even when using the wooden toy because it helped my son to sequence his numbers.  I also really liked that I could choose the range of numbers allowing us to focus in on specific ranges of numbers.

In terms of improvements, I did find that if I didn’t position the “6” or the “9” properly with the wooden toy they would be misread by the iPad – I’m sure this was due to the positioning of the rubber dots on the back of the wooden numbers.  Also in the rooster level of the ten and one places if you got the number wrong multiple times, it would just fly away the number rather than giving a hint or eliminating the number of items available.  I’d also like to see a few instructions included in the box with the wooden numbers as when I opened it – it was simply a box of numbers.  Even an overview of – how hard to press as well as the suggestion of how to use them with your child would have been very helpful.

The app has a parents corner which requires the solving of a math problem in order to enter.  There are no in-app purchases or advertisements in the full version of the app.

We really enjoyed practicing our math skills with this app especially when using the wooden toy.  Although it’s not required to use the app, it helped my son make the connection between physical numbers and numbers on the iPad and helped him become more engaged.  I think it also improved his understanding of the one and ten spot of numbers as we were able to replicate the experience off our iPad – something we couldn’t really do without using our fingers to count before.  This app is best suited to preschool through early elementary school age and the three levels means it will grow with your child.

RRP of the wooden toy is 34,99 € plus shipping which varies by country.  The wooden toy can also be used in 10 fingers + and More or Less : Learn addition and subtraction.


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News: Up to 100 – Helps Children Discover The Numbers From 0 To 100



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Up to 100, The New Educational App By Marbotic Helps Children Discover The Numbers And Quantities From 0 To 100
Created by Marbotic and featured on the App Store in more than 8 European countries, Up to 100 helps children learn numbers and discover the composition of numbers by completing challenges. Available now for iPad and Google tablets.

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Created by Marbotic and featured on the App Store in more than 8 European countries, Up to 100 helps children learn numbers and discover the composition of numbers by completing challenges. Available now for iPad and Google tablets.

Inspired by the Montessori method and developed with schoolteachers, Up to 100 is a playful way to learn the concept of quantity with tens and units and acquire visual and auditory recognition of numbers.

Children can play in two different activities with numbers from 0 to 100:

  • understand the ten- and one- places
  • find a number in a series of digits
  • recognize numbers written out
  • recognize the pronunciation of numbers
  • manipulate quantities with a set of beads

In each activity, there are three modes available (free, challenge 1, challenge 2) that enable children to play in different level of difficulties.

This app is designed for children from 4 to 7 years old and is already available in 9 languages! Older children can learn to recognize numbers in a foreign language.

About Marbotic
Marbotic – based in Bordeaux, France – is the result of a double passion for pedagogy and technology. The company creates and develops educational apps for children inspired by Montessori pedagogy. It focuses on guiding children towards autonomy. This education claims that the child’s natural curiosity is strong enough to guide him or her to develop knowledge and sensitivity. Moreover, the company believes that mixing digital interfaces and traditional toys leads to powerful learning experiences. Marbotic created the first wooden smart toy, 10 digits, that interact with tablets.

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Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery Pro by Center for Autism and Related Disorders – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

Comprehensive app, simple interface, highly customizable.

What we’d love to see…

Ability to set the amount of time for answering questions and playing mini games.

Summary

An excellent and comprehensive learning app that was made specifically for those on the autism spectrum, and is perfect for visual and kinesthetic learners.

Our Rating

Camp Discovery is a large and comprehensive collection of learning games specifically designed for those in the Autism spectrum. It is based on a proven curriculum developed over 25 years by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders.

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The app currently has 21 learning games with 29 more coming soon. The games are divided into five areas or, as my son likes to call it, camp sites: Camp Discovery, Pebble Cove, Pointy Peaks, Pine Tree Point and Enoki Ridge. Each camp site holds ten games. The games in Camp Discovery are numbers, letters, colors, shapes, body parts, emotions, objects, actions, locations and community helpers. In Pebble Cove, the games include Plurals, WH-Discrimination, What Goes With, Features, Gender, Functions, Quantitative Comparisons, Counting and Quantities and Prepositions. There is currently only one game (Categories) available in Pointy Peaks but it will soon have Sound Discrimination, Money, Describe, Daily Activities, Attributes, Telling Time, Opposites, Negation and Sight Words. Ten more learning games each are planned for Pine Tree Point and Enoki Ridge.

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Gameplay is very simple. First, choose a game/topic. Then, choose the learning method (matching, sorting or receptive identification). A preference assessment is then conducted by showing children six choices of reinforcements for correct responses. They can choose any or all of the reinforcers and as often as they wish to determine the frequency. After the preference assessment, the learning game begins.

Camp Discovery uses evidence-based teaching strategies such as reinforcement, errorless learning and appropriate prompting to help every child succeed. Children are first presented with the individual target picture cards. An audio explains what each picture card stands for and prompts the child to click on it. After several successful repetitions, the child is then presented with two picture cards and is asked to choose the correct card. The level of difficulty gradually increases as more answer cards are presented. A mini game is presented as a reward for completing a game and the child can play for a total of one minute. There are four mini games to choose from: balloon pop, fireworks, shapes and flappy bird.

The app has a settings menu that is meant to be accessed only by the parent or teacher. In order to get into the settings menu, a multiplication question must be answered. In the settings menu are several options to customize the game. Lessons can be tailored by selecting specific targets to teach. The number of rounds required before playing a mini game and before re-administering the preference assessment can both be set from 1 to 10. Finally, the amount of time the preference assessment is administered can be set for 15, 30, 45 or 60 seconds. You can also mute the music in you wish.

There is a player menu on the top left of the screen that is also accessible by answering a multiplication question. Parents and teachers can set up multiple player accounts and view student progress, like how many targets have been mastered for each lesson. Each player also has a code or game token. This token is used to restore a player’s profile should it be deleted by accident or to restore it in another device.

This app appealed to my son who has autism and who is a visual, oral and kinesthetic learner. I find it to be an excellent tool for teaching him but there are a couple of things I would like to see in future updates. First, I would like to be able to customize the amount of time a child is given to pick their answer. Some children may need just a little extra time to think of the correct answer. Second, I would like to be able to customize the amount of time given for playing the mini games as each child may have less or more attention span than another.

Overall, I find this app very intuitive. It is an invaluable resource for teaching children, whether or not they are in the Autism spectrum. There is a free lite version of this app with two playable games and I recommend checking it out. I found this to be a very worthy investment and you may too.

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Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery Pro Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery Pro by PixelAtion Labs
Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, 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: 265.61 MB

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Build To 100 by FuzzyBees – Review



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What we love…

The ability to customize the app to meet the child’s learning needs.

What we’d love to see…

Features that make it easier for younger children – number tiles to be more spread out for better visibility, correctly placed number tiles to be read out, number tiles to snap more easily in position.

Summary

A virtual hundred board that allows parents/teachers to quickly set up a variety of math activities to help students master the numerical order of 1-100 and to recognize numerical patterns.

Our Rating

Build to 100 by FuzzyBees is a customizable virtual hundred board/chart that parents and teachers can set up for students to learn the number sequence from 1 to 100 and to recognize number patterns. It’s a versatile tool that helps students to improve their number sense and mathematical problem-solving skills.

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The board is essentially a 10×10 grid puzzle with 1-100 number squares/tiles. Students are required to assemble the puzzle by dragging the number tiles to their correct boxes on the board. They will know that they have placed a number correctly when the tile remains in the box while a wrong tile will bounce off the board. There are also different sound effects for each type of answers, both of which you can turn off in the settings (if you wish).

Before you start using the app with your child, it’s recommended that you experiment with the various setting options and build the board to your requirements, depending on your child’s ability and what you want him to work on. It could be matching of the number tiles to the control numbers for beginners (use the option ‘show all’ to display all numbers on the board), building the board one row (10 numbers) at a time without visual help (use ‘hide all’), filling in the missing numbers (use ‘show other’), building the board in skip pattern of 2s (with odd or even numbers) or counting in 10s, etc.

To vary the levels of difficulty, you can adjust the starting number, the number of tiles or range of numbers to work with. You can record the time taken for your child to build the board and see the progress. Working on this app also gives you the opportunities to observe how your child problem-solve in order to place the numbers in the correct boxes. With multi touch capability, two or more of your children can even play on the board together.

The hundred board is a self correcting learning tool that is used in a Montessori classroom and can be costly. A virtual version has the advantage of being easily customizable to accomodate different levels of abilities and it is more interactive. Students get immediate feedback on their answers and their success is celebrated.

I like that Build to 100 allows me to present the hundred board in many different ways so that my youngest can have a variety of practices on the hundred board and gain a thorough understanding of the number relationships, sequences and patterns. It’s a great math learning tool to have on every iPad. Here’s a free promo code for a lucky reader!

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Build To 100 Build To 100 by FuzzyBees
Category: Education, Puzzle, Games, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 8.54 MB

$1.99USD

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Sodoku Junior by Paxos Games – Review



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What we love…

Clean interface, variety of objects to place on the grids as well as three grid options allowing for various complexities

What we’d love to see…

Tutorial level that does not have a timer and allows for explaining of hints for new users; multi-user profiles

Summary

Good app for teaching critical thinking, patterns, memory for children and adults who are learning how to play Sodoku

Our Rating

Sodoku Junior by Paxos Games is an app designed for iPad designed to teach the youngest of users (age 5+) how to play Sodoku as well as teach reasoning, critical thinking, memory, hand eye coordination and more.  The app allows you to choose from a variety of grids including 4×4, 6×6 and 9×9 both with pictures as well as numbers and facts about the items you are placing on the grid.  There are a variety of customizable levels which allow you or your child to pick the best choice for their skill level.  To play you tap on the tile (picture/number/fact) that you want to place and then tap on the spot where you want it to go.  You can undo and redo moves as well as remove tiles that are placed in the wrong spot.  As you gain more experience with the app, the game gets progressively harder.

I loved this simplified version of Sodoku.  Although it lacked a tutorial, based on the smallest grid 4×4 it was easy to understand how you had to place items in order to successfully complete the puzzle.  This app will appeal to younger children as well as older adults who may not be familiar with it.  The variety of objects to place along with the information about the objects makes it engaging and a learning experience each time you play.

20140427-111919.jpgIn terms of enhancements, for a brand new Sodoku player I would suggest a “tutorial level” which would take them through several puzzles with hints or a non-timed option.  This would allow them to learn the game without the potential frustration that comes along with getting the answers wrong.  It would also be nice if there was a multi-user profile allowing more than one person to play and save their progress to date. The app does have hints but they are timed and each hint adds 30 seconds.

Good app for teaching critical thinking, patterns, memory, as well as patience.  It will appeal to younger and older players who are learning the game.  Interface is clean and easy to use with hints for new users.  Multiple grid options and icons  make it easy to customize to your skill level.  There are no external links or in app purchases.


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20 Code Giveaway for Play and Discover – Shapes, Numbers, Music and More by Croco Studio



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Play and Discover - Shapes, Numbers, Music and MoreThanks to Croco Studio we have  20 promo codes to give away for Play and Discover – Shapes, Numbers, Music and More. This is an educational app for young children and is the winner of an “Editor’s Choice Award” from Children’s Technology Review.

Venture out on some educational field trips with animal friends at the beach, circus, North Pole, underwater and in the kitchen. Using snap and fit pieces, kids create 12 different interactive scenes. Each one presents a unique early learning challenge from counting how many fish the bear plucks from the ice to watching an elephant blow up different shaped balloons using his trunk. Kids five and under can explore basic preschool concepts in this inviting app from the creators of the Kids Store featured Build and Play 3D.

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Play and Discover provides opportunities for active, hands-on learning that engage the senses. It introduces and reinforces these skills in a supported playful environment:
•MUSIC: Make music with a magical frog
•COLORS: Learn colors at the beach with flying sea turtles
•COUNT: See how many fish the polar bear catches
•LETTERS: Sing the ABC song under the sea
•SHAPES: Join a talented elephant making balloon shapes at the circus
•ANIMALS: Help an artistic sheep paint his animal subjects
•FRUITS: Bake some tasty fruit pies with a lion
•MOVEMENT: Dance to the rhythm with the animal band at the beach

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Play and Discover - Shapes, Numbers, Music and More
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Category: Education, Games, Educational, Puzzle
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, 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: 226.82 MB

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StartDOT Handwriting by TrishCO LLC – Review



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What we love…

Stories and fun images that help kids learn and remember the formation and placement of letters and numbers easily.

What we’d love to see…

Ability to customize the Learning Order for each user. Options for more letter styles including left-hand writing.

Summary

A handwriting program that employs developmentally appropriate strategies that really work.

Our Rating

To many children, learning how to write letters and numbers seems to come naturally. Unfortunately, my youngest is not one of them. Apart from his resistance to do any form of writing, he also has visual perceptual issues which further contribute to the difficulties. I had an occupational therapist in to help and with a few tricks of the trade, my boy finally GOT IT! It was just amazing! The strategies she used were actually quite simple but effective.

So when I saw that StartDOT Handwriting uses similar approaches, I just knew that it will help to make the process of learning to write a whole lot smoother and stress-free for many young learners. I list below the wonderful features found in this app.

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20140314-142025.jpgHere, learners learn to write groups of letters that have the same beginning stroke instead of learning them in alphabetical order. Highlighting the similarities in movement helps children to remember the formation better and it also helps them to distinguish between similar letters like b and d. I should also mention that this approach corresponds to the developmental stages of line formations in young children – straight first, circular next, then diagonal.

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Learners who just need to fine-tune the handwriting of specific letters (instead of following the default sequence of the Kinesthetic Learning Order) can switch to the Alphabetic Learning Order. It would be great if this preference can be saved as part of the user’s profile without having to change it in the Settings each time. Perhaps this will happen in the next update but meanwhile, parents/teachers can create unlimited users each with progress tracking!

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Learners learn the formation of each letter by remembering a short story associated with the letter stroke(s). The stories use animals, persons, objects and actions that are familiar to young children and are chosen to correspond to the space on the handwriting lines – Sky, Grass and Dirt. For example, the instruction for the lowercase g is – start at the dot, go up to the cloud, pick an apple, put it in the basket, keep going up to the dot, now go digging in the dirt and under the worm. This is particularly helpful for students who have difficulty with letter placement on handwriting papers.

20140314-134718.jpgLearners get clear teaching instructions as well as demonstrations and supportive cues are taken off in stages to help learners progress from letter tracing to independent writing. There are also lots of opportunities to practice handwriting on and off the iPad with free worksheet downloads for transfer of skills to writing on paper. To add some color and fun, learners can even choose from 7 colors to do their writing on the iPad.

 

 

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To remember how 52 (uppercase and lowercase) letters and 10 numerals are written can be a daunting task for young children but cute stories help to make the connection faster and they retain the information longer. StartDOT Handwriting stands out because it understands how young children learn and it adds fun to an otherwise repetitive (boring) activity. It is designed to let learners of all abilities to experience greater success at different stages of handwriting development. I highly recommend it!

 

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StartDOT Handwriting StartDOT Handwriting by TrishCO LLC
Category: Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 105.9 MB

$1.99USD

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Fun English Course by Studycat Limited – Review



What we love…

flexible app that teaches a variety of verbs, adjectives, sign words, letters and numbers to children from toddler through late elementary school

What we’d love to see…

multi user functionality; ability to track progress in a dashboard rather than having to start over each time; better instructions for the mini games

Summary

This app would be a good one for English as a second language learner as the curriculum included is straightforward and will help children learn in a sequential way. For a child that is already a native English speaker, it might be useful in early intervention or other skills based learning for children with a speech delay.

Our Rating

Fun English Course - Language Learning Games for Kids aged 3-10. Toddlers, kindergarten and preschool children learn English through play activities.Fun English Course by Studycat Limited is a universal app designed for iOS to teach children English through a variety of games and activities targeting children from preschool through elementary school with older learners learning English as a second language. Through a variety of games including colors, animals, numbers, food, vehicles, body parts, fruits, clothing, items around the house, and sea animals children are treated to a variety of activities to help teach them about the basics about the item through a set of exercises including finding an object in a scene, spelling, memory cards, pairing up items, listening skills and more. The app features bright colors and animations and each game has a different set of activities designed to engage children without making it feel repetitive for learning. The languages offered for the app include: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese. The app teaches things like singular and plural, spelling, verbs like “to be”, “to have” and “to put” as well as “likes/doesn’t like”, descriptors on “he/she is wearing, adjectives and more. Each lesson starts with an introduction to the word and then proceeds into a variety of games for children to play. The app also features a “lite” version with in-app purchases allowing you to try the app before making the purchase either of modules or the entire app. Each game has a variety of levels which your child must master before being able to move on to the next level.

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In terms of things that I liked, I found the app engaging for my five year old as we worked on word identification, item identification and basic English skills. He is currently working on sight words at school – so there were times I took items in the app out of context and focused on skills specific to his needs rather than what the app was trying to teach him. Having the different sections allowed me to help him target specific areas that he needed to focus on. The app engages and I liked that the games did not repeat over and over again and helped focus in on specific skills.

I also found some of the games needed more instruction as they were a bit “hit or miss” as to how to play them especially the fish game in the numbers section. To complete this game you needed to shoot a pearl at the fish in order to make him count – we figured this out after tapping on him multiple times without success. The app does have a locked parent section which requires a swipe. Given that this targets children from the very young to older, I’d like to at least see a math problem included here to prevent kids from getting into external links as well as social media. I would also like to see a dashboard of items that your child has worked on and areas that might need additional focus as well as an option for multiple children. Given the price of the app – I was disappointed to see that it did not include that functionality as I can see this as a tool that speech therapists as well as classroom teachers and parents would use, but it is one of the higher priced apps at $12.99 and this would help it appeal to a wider audience. I would also like to see counting to a higher number such as 20 or 30 included as this is a skill that preschool/kindergarten students are expected to have.

This app would be a good one for English as a second language learner as the curriculum included is straightforward and will help children learn in a sequential way. For a child that is already a native English speaker, it might be useful in early intervention or other skills based learning for children with a speech delay.

Fun English (SE): Language Lessons for Kids
Fun English (SE): Language Lessons for Kids
by Studycat Limited

Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, 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: 113.92 MB

$12.99USD

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Fun English Language Learning Games & ESL for Kids
Fun English Language Learning Games & ESL for Kids
by Studycat Limited

Category: Education, Family, Educational, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, 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: 126.1 MB

$FREE

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iTrace — handwriting for kids by iTrace – Review



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What we love…

The detailed progress tracking, an adaptive handwriting program, the many customization options to cater to different requirements and the support for a smooth transition to writing on paper.

What we’d love to see…

Students learn the letter sounds as well. Ability to have custom words read aloud after tracing is completed.

Summary

iTrace has the best features you see in most handwriting apps and adds a few new ones of their own, definitely an app to have if you are working on handwriting with your children.

Our Rating

iTrace is the most comprehensive handwriting app that I’ve come across to date. It brings together the most valued features in the handwriting apps that I have used and gives even more. It not only takes children from forming their letters and numbers to writing their names and words correctly, it also provides resources for a smooth transition to writing on paper which is our ultimate goal.

This app is so packed full of different features and options, I recommend that you start by reading the Tutorial in the locked Parents Zone. Here, you can create multiple student profiles and for each profile, select the fonts to learn – Zaner-Blosser, Handwriting Without Tears or D’Nealian. You can opt for cursive letters and there is even an option for left-hand orientation. To cater to some variations in letter formations, the app allows for further customization by providing alternative stroke sequences.

From the main menu, you have a choice of selecting a specific letter/number/word for the student to work on or follow the iTrace practice module. The module presents the letters/numbers that are easiest to write first e.g. 1, L, T and gradually introduce the more difficult ones based on the child’s ability and progress. Here, uppercase and lowercase letters are mixed with numbers and the size of the letters/numbers are automatically reduced as the child completes more handwriting exercises. The ruled lines appear only with the smallest letter size in preparation for practicing on lined paper.

There is great support for the child during the handwriting exercises. For letters and numbers, an animation of a hand holding a stylus shows how the tracing is done and then prompts appear to guide the correct strokes. The prompts are gradually removed as more practice is done. Feedback is instant and errors in tracing are highlighted to encourage accurate tracing. If an error is made, the student has to redo the tracing. Rewards come in the form of stars, pictures of items related to the letters/numbers that were traced and a hidden objects game. What is more motivating for children is perhaps the ability to practice writing their names in different color choices and the chance to see their chosen scenes come alive in the word tracing section. What I like is that I can add my own words and the corresponding pictures on top of the existing 500 words. It would great if I can also save an audio recording of my words.

iTrace recommends that children start tracing with their fingers and use a stylus only when they can hold a stylus confidently. Having the wrist resting on the device while writing in this case didn’t cause as much problem as in some other apps. The app further supports the transition to tracing on paper by providing paper worksheets which you can print directly from the app by AirPrint (iPad only) or email out for printing. You can select the letter/number and the size (small, medium or large) before printing or let the app choose the appropriate letter/number based on the child’s progress.

20131216-205903.jpgTalking about progress, iTrace saves the entire history of every child’s progress – what and how many letters/numbers// words were traced and the duration spent on the app (today, week, month, all time), as well as the actual tracing made by each student. Every attempt is recorded and errors made are highlighted. While I don’t need the detailed comments like ‘too shaky’, ‘wrong start’, ‘unfinished’ that accompany each error, I do appreciate the recording of errors as they point out which letter/number needs more practice. I can even search for all the tracing attempts for a particular letter/number, impressive! I only hope that these records do not take up much storage space on my iPad!

This is essentially an app that teaches handwriting, it doesn’t teach phonics. While letter names are taught, the students don’t get to see the individual letters in their uppercase and lowercase form together. It would be wonderful if there are opportunities for students to see the association between the two forms of letters in the app. If I may have one more wish, it would be the option to write the letter ‘y’ in a continuos stroke. I hope to see this app get all the extras to make it a complete handwriting app.

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Despite my wish list, I really like this app for it provides support for handwriting practice on and off the iPad. And the detailed tracking of a child’s progress impresses me. iTrace may not be the only handwriting app that you have on your iPad but I’m sure It is one that you will use frequently. If you are currently working on handwriting with your child, you absolutely must check out iTrace. Try the free lite version today!

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iTrace Free (handwriting for kids) – iTrace

iTrace Free (handwriting for kids) iTrace Free (handwriting for kids) by iTrace
Category: Education, Educational, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, 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: 189.97 MB

$FREE

iTrace — handwriting for kids – iTrace

iTrace — handwriting for kids iTrace — handwriting for kids by iTrace
Category: Education, Educational, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, 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: 189.96 MB

$3.99USD

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