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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ansel and Clair: Paul Revere's Ride is an interactive app for kids to learn about the beginning of the American Revolution and about Paul Revere. Ansel and Clair are aliens who come to Earth to learn about this historic time. Puzzles and mini-games (such as matching the 13 colonies by their shapes into a U.S. map or dragging bags of tax money away from angry colonists and toward King George) help kids learn about life in the colonies, from their geography to taxation without representation. Kids can also take photos of things they see and write their observations in a journal. The app includes multiple choice quizzes to check if kids are learning the information.
What's it about?
Click on "Choose a Player" and enter your name. Play the tutorial, which tells kids all they need to know to play the game. Next, the story begins and quite quickly the first interactive element (a puzzle of the 13 colonies) appears. Once the puzzle is complete, kids meet Paul Revere. He begins teaching in brief lessons -- with lots of supplemental images and interactivity -- about the life and times of the American Revolution. The entire game experience will likely take most kids a few play sessions to complete.
Is it any good?
ANSEL AND CLAIR: PAUL REVERE'S RIDE is an excellent way to introduce grade-school age kids to the time in history surrounding the American Revolution. With Paul Revere as the main character, kids progress through the Boston Tea Party and other important happenings while learning tidbits about daily life in the colonies. The mini-games also help kids practice vocabulary, matching, and more.
Ansel and Clair: Paul Revere's Ride playfully makes historical figures relatable for kids. For example, in one scene when Ansel asks why shutting down Boston Harbor was a big problem, Paul Revere replies: "Are you kidding, Ansel?" There's also a modern-day photo booth where kids can take photos of historic figures. One caveat: The vocabulary and some of the mini-games may be too difficult for younger grade-school age kids, so parents should be available to help if they get stuck. Overall, this is a top-notch history app.
Talk to your kids about ...
Remind your kid to watch the entire tutorial on the main screen before starting.
Ask your kid: What do you think it was like to be alive in that time as a revolutionary, as a British loyalist, as a soldier, or as the king? What were some of the values that made Paul Revere do what he did?
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, vocabulary, writing
Social Studies: citizenship, government, historical figures, history
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles, thinking critically
Emotional Development: perspective taking
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free to Try ($2.99 unlocks all contents)
- Release date: December 17, 2012
- Category: Education
- Topics: History
- Size: 167.00 MB
- Publisher: Cognitive Kid, Inc.
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later (not compatible with iPad 1)
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