Fish School

Common Sense Media says

Learn basic ABCs and 123s with colorful fun fish pals.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

It's super easy for preschoolers and even toddlers to handle. They are the target audience.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fish School (or the high definition version for the iPad called Fish School HD) is an early learning app that reinforces knowledge of numbers, letters, shapes, and colors through fun and colorful play. The lessons reinforced here are very basic ones, though, and even kindergartners may feel they are too old for the app. For toddlers just beginning to get the knack of the ABC song, though, and preschoolers proud of their blossoming counting skills, this app is perfect. An HD version for the iPad has the same content, but comes with slightly better graphics.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition

Math

  • numbers
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Fun, colorful fish theme is highly visually creative and engaging. Many games to choose from, including one engaging free-play game in which kids interact with the fish.

Learning Approach

Kids play activities such as singing the ABC song and viewing letters formed by fish, finding the different fish, and matching fish, or playing with fish by tapping them to watch them grow or move faster.

Support

Instructions on Fish School vary. Some are good, while others are spoken in a toddler's voice that is quite difficult to understand. No data provided.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition

Math

  • numbers
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Kids can learn about letters, numbers, shapes, and colors with Fish School. The learning is set in a fun and engaging theme of fish. The app presents activities that range from singing the ABC song and seeing letters (as formed by fish), to playing with the fish by tapping on them or holding them down to see what happens. However, forming the letters, numbers, and shapes with fish may not be best for learning because children at this age are may easily be distracted by the fish instead of paying attention to the shape that they form. Fish School is a cute app that gives young kids a little exposure to letters, numbers, and more.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

In Fish School, kids can easily scroll through eight different activities. Instead of a main menu, kids just simply tap on a button that lets them switch between more active activities like spotting a different fish to more passive activities like watching the fish form numbers. Some activities are better for learning than others. Like with many apps by Duck Duck Moose, it's set to classical music and uses great pictures and effects that are engaging for preschoolers. Fish School is a simple game with minimal features, designed for young kids to explore and discover.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

FISH SCHOOL (or FISH SCHOOL HD) is designed incredibly well for toddlers and preschoolers who get a big kick out of interacting with colorful characters on the screen. The interface is so easy, and the graphics so vibrant and enticing, that little ones with simply want to play around with the undersea creatures (and there's a mode to let them do just that) -- but there are great early learning lessons that get reinforced through this play, and that's where the genius comes in. Whether they're watching the fish form letters, or tapping the ones that don't belong, or counting plastic eggs as they pop them open -- the kids are learning as they play.

Families can talk about...

  • Sing the ABC song together.

  • Talk about fish, letters, numbers, shapes, and colors in everyday context.

  • Provide letter magnets or other manipulatives that kids can play with to get more exposure to preschool concepts.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99-$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:May 17, 2010
Category:Educational Games
Publisher:Duck Duck Moose
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 2 year old Written byK10 August 5, 2010
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2
QUALITY
 

It is one of my daughter's favorites and I think she will continue to learn new ways to use it as she gets older.

What other families should know
Educational value
Parent of an infant and 3 year old Written byn-mom September 9, 2010
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

So - so

It's okay. Perhaps a bit simple for even my 3 yr old. Doesn't hold his attention for long. I don't like how the ABC game doesn't finish a letter before advancing if the toddler taps too fast. A lot of times it may skip from A to K if the child just keeps a steady tap going.

His favorite part is just the aquarium page where you can make fish bigger and faster. Not the most valuable.

What other families should know
Educational value
Adult Written byJinny Gudmundsen July 26, 2010
AGE
3
QUALITY
 

One of the VERY best preschool apps

Beautiful and fun, the fish make learning fun. Don't miss this one!

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