As someone who works in a profession centered on social media and technology; and the wife of a programmer, it only seems fitting that our 4-year-old daughter would be enthralled by everything techie. I thought it was great when she was able to pick up the television remote and maneuver her way around our 500+ channels. I was in awe to find out that she is able to utilize programs on my Android that I didn’t even know existed. With iPad in hand she puts me to shame.
I know there are varying opinions when it comes to children and technology; however, I believe that technology can be good for our children as long as it is supervised and time limits are exercised. There are technological advances every day and I don’t see this changing anytime in the future, why not aide our children in mastering something that will likely benefit them in the future? For our daughter, we focus on educational apps that keep her little fingers moving in a fun and creative way. That is why we were excited when Kid’s Academy recently asked us to review three of their educational apps for children.
Kid’s Academy Best Kids Songs features catchy tunes with simple lyrics that will have your kids (and you) singing along. Follow Bingo and his fun on the farm while learning popular kid songs and recording your children singing! Best Kids Songs is rated for children ages 4+.
It wasn’t until my daughter started playing with Best Kids Songs that it occurred to me that we had never taught her the song Bingo. We sing all the time but for some reason this song has never been a part of our in home concerts. It’s great to sit on the couch and sing along with my daughter to a song that I remember singing as a little girl. Our favorite part of this app is the interactive features. Best Kids Songs allows us to play games with farm animals and record our own stories; this is a hit with both children and parents.
Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Games, suitable for children ages 4+, is an app that uses fun games to develop skills in spelling, writing, and reading.
Our absolute favorite part of this app is the award system that is included. As your little one performs tasks correctly they are rewarded through a star system. I love that positive reinforcement is used in a fun way to encourage learning. This app has two levels of difficulty and features dotted line letter tracing and writing letters independently. This is perfect for my 4-year-old as we have been working with her to learn uppercase and lowercase and would like her handwriting to be as legible as possible. I’m also a fan of the instructors voice, even mommy found it soothing. She speaks in a soft, clear voice and teaches little ones how each letter should sound when used in a word.
I want to point out that this app works to develop good handwriting skills by teaching children to write in uppercase and lowercase letters. We were less than thrilled by our daughter’s pre-school last year when we learned that her teacher was only teaching children to write in uppercase letters. After speaking to a number of parents I found out this is not abnormal for preschool and some kindergarten classes, children only being taught to write in uppercase letters which may prove detrimental in the future. While my daughter is able to write her name in capital letters she often has difficulty identifying those same letters in lowercase. It is important to teach both uppercase and lowercase at the same time.
Kid’s Academy Preschool and Kindergarten Kids Puzzles uses puzzles and games to strengthen skills in spelling, writing, and reading. This app aligns with Kindergarten Reading Foundation skills of Common Core Standards and is suitable for children ages 4+.
Our favorite part of this app is the frequent repetition as this is a fantastic way to help children learn numbers, letters, and sequence. I also like that this app encourages little ones to learn at their own pace because this entices little ones to continue learning versus becoming frustrated with the task at hand. We have found that frequent repetition or reminders as we like to call them have proven to be the easiest way for our little one to learn and obtain important information so this app was right up her alley. Like all parents we want our little one to advance as quickly as possible; however, it is more important that she retain what she has learned. This app is perfect for her style of learning.
Kid’s Academy has created educational apps that as the name suggests, work to provide educational resources while striving to make learning fun. It is this mom’s opinion that each app has accomplished this goal. The graphics are sleek and easily hold a child’s attention more so than other educational tools that we have utilized. The characters that we meet along the way are cute and rather fun and the background music and sounds are playful. If you have a preschooler or kindergartener in your life we recommend that you try the FREE version of these apps and then consider purchasing the FULL version for additional fun and learning! Each app is available through iTunes.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Kid’s Academy and a campaign with Sverve. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own.