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Recommended App of the Week

July 5, 2014

stickersudoku StickerSudoku

This logic game is exactly like Sudoku, but it replaces the numbers with stickers. For those unfamiliar with the rules of    Sudoku, there is a question mark button at the top right corner of the home screen. This app is very easy to play and  fun!  Kids develop problem solving skill that are age-appropriately challenging.

“One useful aspect of this app is that if the child incorrectly places an animal, it turns upside down, but stays in place.  This  allows for discussion of why the placement is incorrect and allows the child to use problem solving skills instead of simple trial and error.” –from a Center for Pediatric Therapy review.

 

Recommended ages: 4-7 years old.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Price: Free

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Recommended App of the Week

June 21, 2014

a starfallreadStarfall Learn to Read

Compatible with iPhone, iPodTouch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire.

Price: $2.99

This app is phonics based.  In the “Play” section, there are interactive games for a child to make words- the narrator announces “make a word with -an to match the picture.”  Then a picture appears and the narrator pronounces the word- for example, a picture of a fan appears and the narrator says “fan”. The child has 4 letters to choose from.  If the wrong letter is chosen and dragged in front of -an to make the word, the letter moves back to its original place accompanied by a sound to indicate it is the wrong letter. When the correct letter is chosen and dragged in front of the -an, the letter stays in place and the word is pronounced.

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A matching game shows a picture on one card and a word on the other. When you match them correctly, the narrator pronounces the word.

The picture hunt game shows a drawing in black and white and when you find the word asked for, that image turns to color while the word is sounded out.

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“Starfall Learn to Read is an app version of the stellar learn-to-read website, Starfall. The app has the same content as the “Learn to Read” section of the site. There are 15 mini-books, each focusing on a specific vowel, along with videos and activities to enhance literacy learning. As with other Starfall apps, the thorough and careful design keeps kids focused on learning.” From Common Sense Media Review.

Recommended for preschool children.

Donna C. (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Recommended App of the Week

April 26, 2014

cinderella thumbnailCinderella by Nosy Crow 

From London-based independent publisher Nosy Crow comes a dynamic adaptation of the well-known fairy tale.  Readers can get involved in the story by helping Cinderella clean the kitchen, stacking the King’s invitations to the ball, dressing up the Stepsisters for the party, building the magical carriage with the Fairy Godmother, and choosing Cinderella’s dress.  You can even select the music for the Prince and Cinderella and watch them hit the dance floor! Do you want a waltz, disco or Bollywood?

Other useful options and features for young readers include:

  • Multiple reading modes: Read to Me, Read by Myself or Read and Play.
  • Choose how long text stays on the screen so beginning readers have enough time to read by themselves.
  • Choose between American or British spelling styles.
  • Help is embedded into the story. Characters offer hints about what to do on each page so even very young readers can participate fully.
  • Tap the characters to trigger additional dialogue.

A special treat for iPad 2 or iPhone 4 users – the front-facing camera activates in certain scenes and places the reader’s image in a mirror in the room!

Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. $4.99.

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Recommended App of the Week

April 19, 2014

lazoosquigglesLazoo: Squiggles! (optimized for iPad, iOS 5.0+):  Make squiggles with this fun and simple app.  Choose a scene: blank, one of the 12 installed in the app, or one from your device.  Then, listen to the instructions and add the appropriate “squiggles” on the drawing.  After you are done, press “go” and the drawing will become animated.  Take a look at the video below for a demonstration:

 

This app is available for free here and is recommended for ages 2 and up.

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Recommended App of the Week

March 29, 2014

diysunscienceDIY Sun Science (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch; iOS 6.0+ ): This educational app was developed by the University of California Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science.  The app includes 13 activities about the sun, including instructions, materials lists, videos, and images.  The activities can be completed easily at home using minimal supplies.  As an added bonus, the app links to live images of the sun from NASA’s SDO satellite.  This is a free app that you can download here.  Recommended for families and educators, and for children preschool and up.

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Check out this link for more information from the developer.

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Recommended App of the Week

March 8, 2014

 

moosemathnewiconMoose Math (Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android) iOS 5.1 or later; Android 2.3. and up. $1.99.

“Covers early math skills in a fun build-your-own-world environment. Every detail, from the kid-friendly narration to hints, is designed with young kids in mind. Parents can see reports of their kids’ progress. Parental control swipe screens keep kids from wandering into the reports or other app sections.  Kids enter Moose Juice, the smoothie shop, to practice counting, addition, and subtraction. They go to the Pet Shop to play Pet Bingo, where they work more on counting, addition, and subtraction or to play Paint Pet, where they’ll match animals by counting dots. Then they can visit the Lost & Found store, sort shapes and colors, and work on geometry, or they can play dot-to-dot, where they count by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s. As they complete each level, they get to add another feature to their town.” From Common Sense Media

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Recommended for kindergarten and first grade students.

Donna C (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Recommended App of the Week

February 22, 2014

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Felt Board-Mother Goose on the Loose (iPad, iOS 6.1+): This app is based on the award-winning early literacy program by Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen and the developers of the original felt app, Software Smoothie.  This app works like a digital felt board, with some extra fun features.  Move the characters and objects around on the screen to share Mother Goose rhymes and stories.  Have children create their own narratives and learn fine motor skills by moving the felt pieces and adding sound effects that are built into the app.  Here is Dr. Diamant-Cohen demonstrating the process here.

Need more ideas about how you could use this app?  Take a look at the developer site and there are some useful extension activities to share with children here.  You can also access this information via the app with an icon in the upper right hand corner.  

Download this app via iTunes, it is free!  Recommended for ages 2 and up.

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Screenshot of Two Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

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Screenshot of Hickory Dickory Dock

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Recommended App of the Week

January 18, 2014

learnwithhomerLearn with Homer (iPad, iOS 6.0+): This app is intended as an aid for a child’s reading foundation.  It covers five pillars of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  Lessons guide children around 44 phonemes (sounds) in the English language by modeling sounds and allowing them to practice.  Then, the sounds are blended to put together words, including special focus on tricky sounds.  Sounds and words are reviewed and practiced regularly.  Interactive games and illustrated stories round out the lessons to support new knowledge.

Currently, this app is only available for the iPad and is free at the time of this review.  You can download it via iTunes.  Recommended for ages 4 and up.

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Want to learn more about this app?  See the developer website for additional information here.

Common Sense Media also has a comprehensive review here.

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Recommended App of the Week

January 11, 2014

dogpartyiconMartha’s Dog Party offers kids a fun way to learn vocabulary words with the character originally created in the book Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh and now starring in the PBS Kids TV series of the same name.

 

 

sprintDuring the game “Martha Says”, you tap the screen to make different dogs walk, run or sit. As the game progresses, Martha uses synonyms for those words and explains that they mean the same thing.  For example, instead of using the word run, Martha will say sprint and then explain that sprint means to run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

chow timeIn the game “Chow Time” 3 plates are presented and Martha asks which one is a certain color, shape or has a certain design.  When the correct plate is tapped Martha defines the descriptive word.  For example, she asks which is the plate with the vehicles on it and when the correct plate is chosen, she explains what vehicles are. Then the plate is filled with dog food and the child slides a finger across the plate which brings out the dog’s tongue to lick the plate clean.

In “Doggie Dress Up”  kids are introduced to words such as accessory, stylish and fashionable as they have fun choosing hats and collars to add to a variety of dogs.  Another game choice is “Pop Quiz” which gives you 2 balloons, each with a different word. Martha asks which word means the same as the word she tells you. If you answer correctly the balloon pops with confetti inside. If you answer incorrectly, she defines the correct word. The words used in this game are all from the previous games to reinforce the vocabulary.

Recommended for children ages 4-7.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. $.99.

Donna C (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Recommended App of the Week

January 4, 2014

nasa appNASA created this app and it is full of amazing images and information. The Missions home screen shows all the current missions.  When you tap on a specific mission, you are shown details about that mission including images and videos.

On the images home screen you can choose a photo from the Astronomy Picture of the Day, the NASA image of the day and another collection of NASA images.  When you tap on an image, you get a larger view of that image-tap again and get information about the image.  You can also bookmark an image to get back to it easily.

Another area features NASA videos. Some of the videos are actually filmed in space while others are simulated to explain certain astronomy concepts.   New content is frequently added so you won’t run out of things that fascinate.

The images will be enjoyed by all while the other content will be better understood by students who are upper elementary and older.

This app is free and is available for both Android and Apple products.

Donna C (Schimelpfenig Library)

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