A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dora ABCs Vol 1: Letters & Letter Sounds provides a couple of simple, interconnected games for young kids to learn letter sounds as well as capital and lowercase letter pairs, and to practice tracing letters as they help Dora the Explorer's friend Tico fly his plane to write the letters as contrails. Multiple kids can play this app, with each one's progress labeled by name. It will likely appeal most to pre-readers who are Dora fans.
What's it about?
Players help Dora the Explorer's friend Tico fly his plane to write letters. As kids trace the letter with Tico's plane by following little acorn markers down a shaded letter shape, they'll hear Dora in the background saying the phonetic letter sound (for example, "eks" for the letter "x"). The other game on this app requires kids to tilt the device to drop lowercase letters into an acorn containing the uppercase match. After the player completes both games for a letter, a colorful picture emerges from the clouds of an object that begins with the letter (for example, an apple for "a").
Is it any good?
For very young app users and pre-readers, this is a fun, easy game with very little room for frustration. If the player goes slightly off track, the acorns disappear and reappear again where the letter is supposed to be traced, and the game in which players tilt the device to drop the acorns in the right spots doesn't require kids to hit the spot precisely.
The app also offers a brief curriculum overview for parents, and you can track each player's progress. It's a good choice for Dora fans.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development
Thinking & Reasoning: deduction, making conclusions
- Price: $3.99
- Release date: April 16, 2012
- Category: Education
- Topics: Numbers and Letters
- Size: 63.00 MB
- Publisher: Nickelodeon
- Version: 1.5
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
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