What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that AlphaTots is an excellent tool for helping children learn the alphabet. Filled with creative and clever interactive activities, the app reinforces letters with interactive elements that are fun to do (such as assembling a building for the letter B or cutting strings for the letter C). Letters are sounded out and the app is easy for kids of virtually all ages to navigate.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- letter or word recognition
Engagement, Approach, Support
Learning is transformed into a game, which makes young kids want to use this app again and again. Interactive elements are clever and engaging.
Fun activities and repetition let children recognizing the ABCs not only by sight, but by their phonetic pronunciation as well. Letters are sounded out, letting children build their identification skills and recognize them in the "real world."
The app is patient with young learners and never discouraging.
What's it about?
Kids tap on letters to get phonetic pronunciations of them, followed by a task using an action word that starts with that letter (for example, "add" candles to a cake for "A"). Kids can skip to other letters by holding their finger down on them for roughly four seconds.
Is it any good?
Spinlight Studios, the developers of the wonderful number-learning TallyTots, turn their attention to the alphabet in this creative and educational app. Learning isn't something that's viewed as a burden, but rather transformed into a game, which makes young kids want to use this app again and again. All letters are always on screen, letting kids explore where they want -- and accessing the familiar A-B-C song is just as easy. The interactive elements, which kick in after pronunciation on the letters is made clear, are very clever and engaging. Navigating alphabetically is a snap, but if the user wants to jump from, say "A" to "Z," they'll have to press that letter for 3-4 seconds, which might be beyond the attention span of the target audience.
Families can talk about...
Magnetic letters are a fun, physical way for kids to interact with the alphabet.
Encourage kids to notice print in their environment. Help them spell words they see on signs or books, and let them know what word they've spelled.