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Parents need to know that ABC Music is an innovative learning app that teaches the alphabet and musical instruments. The app links to YouTube videos that are curated by the Peapod Labs staff and are chosen to be interesting and safe for kids. The app teaches the alphabet using images and videos and allows kids to jump to new words by tapping the letters.
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What's it about?
Kids can learn the alphabet by tapping on letters and hearing them pronounced, and seeing words that begin with those letters. Also, they will learn about different instruments by seeing photographs and watching videos of them being played. Some instruments also have a mini-game that allows them to color the instrument with their finger; the mini-game will play back the sound of the instrument, but the child is not really playing the instrument.
Is it any good?
ABC MUSIC is an innovative app that teaches the ABCs. The app starts with a grid showing letters of the alphabet and at least one musical instrument beginning with each letter. Tap on a letter to bring up a word starting with that letter, or tap a specific instrument name to jump to that word. Each instrument is accompanied by a photo and its name (with letters held up by little cartoon people), and a voice reads the initial letter and then the word itself. After a brief pause, another little cartoon person pops down holding a screen, which the child can tap to watch a video about that instrument.
Tapping any of the letters held by the people jumps to another word that starts with that letter, and the process repeats. Also, tapping the "abc" button jumps back to the alphabet grid, and the grayed-out squares are replaced by thumbnails of the images already viewed. It's a fantastic app that allows kids to learn the alphabet while watching entertaining videos and exploring links. The app is self-contained and doesn't present any options or settings screens, making it very kid-friendly.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, spelling, vocabulary
- Price: $1.99
- Release date: February 23, 2011
- Category: Education
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along
- Publisher: Peapod Labs LLC
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
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