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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Avokiddo ABC Ride continues the adventures of the sibling team Beck and Bo, this time discovering letters. Parents can customize kids' experience in the "for parents" section, choosing uppercase or lowercase letters, letter name or phonics sound, including word spelling or not, presenting letters in random order or alphabet order, and turning off narration and background music. Kids can also choose a specific letter to discover. With minimal instructions, kids discover the fun and learning on their own.
What's it about?
Beck and Bo ride a bike along a path, discovering adventures and finding letters as they go. The instructions for discovering each letter are delivered alliteratively -- like "Dotty doesn't deserve a dirty diaper. Disclose that d." and "Tie the tire to the tree and take a ride to touch the letter t." Kids then follow the instructions and explore the interactive scene to reveal the letter. Kids can choose which sibling rides and which discovers the letters. Each discovery ends with spelling the word and a celebration.
Is it any good?
Kids are solving problems and having fun while learning about letters. The adventure includes 26 different activities -- one for each letter of the alphabet -- for kids to solve, and each is delightfully fun. Some will challenge kids (like putting the xylophone parts in order or assembling a robot). Others will make them giggle (like jumping on jiggly jelly or changing a dirty diaper). They're all adorable and reinforce letter recognition and discovery. The gentle voice narration won't overstimulate kids, and they'll get lots of encouragement. The graphics and details are impressive -- everything seems to be made from cardboard. The options for customization make this a real winner -- parents can turn off the word spelling for younger players and turn it back on to increase the challenge. Kids can work on uppercase letters or lowercase letters, have sound effects and/or music on or off, and work through the letters in alphabetical order, randomly, or by selecting a specific letter.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition, phonics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, problem solving, thinking critically
Self-Direction: academic development
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: May 16, 2014
- Category: Education
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters, Numbers and Letters
- Size: 101.00 MB
- Publisher: Avokiddo E. Katsantonis & sia e.e.
- Version: 1.0.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1 or later; Android 2.2 and up
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