I usually might wait and see if an app “stands the test of time” as far as how well my kids like it before I would share it here, but I am so impressed with the “Teach Me…” series of apps by 24×7 Digital! I just couldn’t wait to share about these apps!
I’ve seen Carisa at 1 plus 1 plus 1 equals 1 mention these apps several times in her posts and in her list of favorite iPad app, so I have been meaning to check them out for a while.
There are currently 4 “Teach Me” apps — Toddler, Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade. I purchased Toddler, Kindergarten and 2nd grade for $0.99 each. Trust me, these apps are a bargain. Some apps at this price point offer a few minutes of entertainment, but these apps have a lot of content.
Each app presents educational material that gets progressively more difficult as the student advances along with rewards that get more complex with each app.
The toddler app covers shapes, colors, numbers and letters — typical toddler and early preschool material. This is right where Mr K is at right now. He knows all his colors and all but the more difficult shapes, but is just beginning to consistently know letters and numbers. The rewards are simply stickers to post on a sticker scene, but Mr. K loves it!
The Kindergarten app is starting out almost a bit too easy for Mr. E, but he is enjoying it anyway and is proud that he can ace most questions in an app meant for the “grade level” he technically won’t start until next fall. The Kinder app has basic math operations, with visual cues to help out (problems like 1+2 and 2-0), as well as K-level sight words and basic phonics. The rewards get a step more complex as well, with coins being earned, which can then be spent on stickers.
Finally, Miss M tried the 2nd Grade app for the first time today. The 2nd grade app involves spelling, sight words, “speed math” (basic math facts) and “long math” (more difficult multi-digit adding and subtracting). The level is right on for all but the sight word reading (Miss M is an excellent reader — way above grade level). So far the spelling is pretty easy, but she needs all the practice she can get! While the Toddler and Kinder apps involve touching a correct answer from a selection of choices, the 2nd grade app asks the students to write answers using their fingertip (or, I suppose, a stylus would work – we may try that!). It’s a great idea, but sometimes it missed what letter or number Miss M was trying to enter. It’s hard to write neatly with your finger tip! The 2nd grade app has more complex rewards including not just the stickers, but a virtual aquarium, photo booth and more where the “coins” users earn can be spent.
I highly recommend this entire series of apps if you are looking for an all purpose, level-appropriate educational app.
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