Monday, June 1, 2015

Kids Academy | Educational Apps for Children

I'd like to thank Kid's Academy for sponsoring this post.

Have you guys heard of Kid's Academy? You better have! I reviewed some of their toddler and preschool learning apps the last few updates recently. They've been busy little fireflies, been at the updating again, and have a couple new app updates to share again!

Now, as you all know, I make a point of finding educational apps  that help to facilitate learning in a fun, engaging manner for my daughter. I prefer educational Apps that address on eye-hand coordination, visual perceptual skills, and school preparatory-type activities, such as learning shapes, letters and numbers. I have actually spent the money to upgrade my free versions to get more workbooks for Nugget. She actually will be starting Pre-Kindergarten this year, so we need to get on the letter and number learning, FAST! When I heard Kid's Academy recently updated their apps and added some new ones, I definitely wanted to share with you all!



As a mom, there's days I need a few minutes of quiet just to ensure that I can get dressed without my daughter unrolling the entire roll of TP in the bathroom, getting into half of the various tubes or containers of things on the bathroom counters (and now she's figured how to access the medicine cabinet), or just go to the bathroom privately. HA.

As a pediatric Occupational Therapist, I am completely aware of the benefits of utilizing technology as positive reinforcement or incentive to participate in an activity that might be a bit challenging or unpreferred by a child. Especially when it comes to learning letters and numbers, or when we're practicing writing skills. I know I've had many kiddos (patients), that really HATE writing. It's their least favorite activity to work on. Unfortunately, that's one of the major concerns of many parents that bring their children to OT: "Can we work on their handwriting, so their name is legible and they can succeed in school?"

One neat thing is that if you have multiple kiddos that play the apps, you are able to enter their "Parent Zone" and create different profiles for each child using the game. This is especially beneficial for therapists like myself that might let patients use the apps for reinforcement during therapy. You're able to view their progress, so it can show you where they're sitting for each of the workbooks in the App. I love that Kid's Academy is interactive, has a pleasant (read: not creepy) voice, and cheery background nature sounds with music. You're able to select male or female voice overs, take away nature sounds for those kiddos that might have sensory issues with those kinds of noises, and are able to turn off the background music, as well.

The Apps I reviewed today were the Preschool & Kindergarten app Cool math games for kids & toddlers: tracing numbers, addition, subtraction and Bugs, shapes and robotsThe Kid's Academy Preschool & Kindergarten Apps have a parental lockout written without verbal instruction, in order to prevent your little from buying any upgrades without your permission! Again, this apps have the potential to become extremely expensive, as each "workbook" is $2.99, and the "full workbook" for each App is $9.99.





Kids Academy Co: Cool math games for kids & toddlers: tracing numbers, addition, subtraction, 

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Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Game Educational Books & Free SongsCool math games for kids & toddlers: tracing numbers, addition, subtraction, 

Preschool & Kindergarten Kid's learning Cool Math games program is designed with pre-reading and pre-writing skills in mind. The Number tracing workbook has little lightning bugs that make a teeny purr-type sound when you "collect" each one as you trace your finger across the number. The App tells you "This is the number "1", trace the number "2" and collect fireflies". I love that it identifies the number, which is especially helpful for the those little preschoolers that are still learning number recognition. The shapes are ideal for the younger preschoolers, as it's important to be able to make simple shapes prior to letters and numbers, but the app also identifies them for that younger set that might not be able to identify them independently 100% of the time. There are also a few math workbooks that focus on simple addition of single digits, learning sequencing (dot to dots), simple subtraction, and learning dozens which are great skills for the K-1 grade-set. Totally love that this math app will grow with my little Nugget! 


Download Preschool & Kindergarten Math Learning Kids Game

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Bugs, shapes and robots Face Paint for Toddlers - 

Kids Academy Co  

FREE for a limited time! (usually $2.99)

The game has adorable, with little lightning bugs that make a teeny purr-type sound when you "collect" each one as you trace your finger across the shape. The App tells you "This is the octagon, trace the circle and collect fireflies". I love that it tells the child the shape, which is especially helpful for the little preschoolers that are still learning shape recognition. However, please note, tracing the shape can be a little difficult to do for a 3-year old on an iPhone due to the size, so I highly recommend a larger tablet for the tracing apps, for mamas of younger preschoolers.
One neat thing is that if you have multiple kiddos that play the apps, you are able to enter their "Parent Zone" and create different profiles for each child using the game. This is especially beneficial for therapists like myself that might let patients use the apps for reinforcement during therapy. You're able to view their progress, so it can show you where they're sitting for each of the workbooks in the App. I love that Kid's Academy is interactive, has a pleasant (read: not creepy) voice, and cheery background nature sounds with music. You're able to select male or female voice overs, take away nature sounds for those kiddos that might have sensory issues with those kinds of noises, and are able to turn off the background music, as well.
I think this app is great that it teaches the proper direction of shape formation, but there is more than one way to make a triangle. Also, when there are multiple errors, there is a cheery voice that is meant to encourage, but it says "This is easy!", which can be extremely frustrating to a child who is having a difficult time. "Good Job", or "Keep Trying!" or even, "You almost did it!" would be more encouraging. 

 Download Bugs, Shapes, and Robots

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3 comments:

  1. these are really nice,,i have some grandchildren being homeschooled that would love this

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  2. I've never heard of Kid's Academy, but I have several little ones in my family that would love this. I think it's important to have apps like this, since even young kids are getting into technology now.

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  3. this is very useful. learning with enjoyment!

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