iTouchiLearn Life Skills: Morning Routines for Preschool Kids

Common Sense Media says

Fun examples, catchy songs help kids remember routines.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is very easy to use. All instructions are given verbally and the interactive elements mainly involve tapping.

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Sexy stuff
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Consumerism

The info screen has links to other apps from the developer.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that iTouchiLearn Life Skills: Morning Routines for Preschool Kids is designed to help young kids and kids with special needs learn morning routines. Seven short animated scenes walk kids through the various tasks, from waking up to packing a school bag. Kids can review each routine with additional activities within each scene as well as with a jigsaw puzzle and music feature. The catchy songs and kid-friendly animations may motivate reluctant kids to get dressed or brush their teeth.

What kids can learn

Skills

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • personal growth
  • time management

Emotional Development

  • moving beyond obstacles

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The catchy songs and kid-friendly animations may motivate reluctant kids to get dressed or brush their teeth. Even parents may find themselves singing along.

Learning Approach

Kids learn by following the examples set by the kids in the animations. The app breaks down the morning routine step by step, making it easier for kids to get going on their own. 

Support

Seven short animated scenes walk kids through various tasks, from waking up to packing a school bag. May not provide instructions for every single step, but fun examples encourage kids effectively.

What kids can learn

Skills

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • personal growth
  • time management

Emotional Development

  • moving beyond obstacles

Kids can learn to think about their own routines and to get ready for school more independently. The app breaks down the morning routine step by step. Instead of having parents rush kids along in the morning, kids can follow the examples given in the app and get going on their own. It can encourage kids to do parts of the routine they may not have enjoyed before. iTouchiLearn Life Skills: Morning Routines for Preschool Kids may not provide instructions for each step, but the fun examples encourage kids to follow suit.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

In ITOUCHILEARN LIFE SKILLS: MORNING ROUTINES FOR PRESCHOOL KIDS, kids go through a series of short scenarios. First they watch a child demonstrate an action like getting dressed or eating breakfast. A song accompanies each scene to the tune of "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" with lyrics related to the activity. Then the scene repeats, allowing kids to take part in the action by tapping on relevant objects like the brush or milk. Extra activities include a jigsaw puzzle and music mode, which shows each scene with song lyrics.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

iTouchiLearn Life Skills: Morning Routines for Preschool Kids does a good job of showing kids what needs to get done each morning, especially if they need to get to school on time. The interactive elements are simple, but can help kids remember the essential things needed for each step, like the toothbrush for brushing teeth or using your hands to wash your face. The song is easy to learn, and even parents may find themselves singing it to keep their kids moving along in the morning.

As for improvements, it would be nice if the app had ways for kids to track completion of their own daily routines with something like a printable or in-app chart. In addition, the app could reflect more diversity among the characters in the animations.

Families can talk about...

  • Talk to your kids and personalize each routine in the app. Ask them "What do you pack in your backpack?" or "What time do you wake up in the morning?"

  • Make a chart to help your kids remember each step in their morning routine and to motivate them in the mornings.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Price:$.99-$1.99
Release date:March 26, 2012
Category:Education
Size:27.40 MB
Publisher:Staytooned
Version:2.8
Minimum software requirements:4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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itouchilearn life skills morning routine

more diversity among the characters in the animations.

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