Duck Duck Moose Reading
By Dana Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Good reading skills practice, but too busy for some kids.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn letter recognition and letter sounds for all consonants, as well as short and long vowel sounds, on Duck Duck Moose Reading. Kids can also practice following one- or two-step spoken directions. For example, kids are told to swipe all balloons that float by that they have identified as containing something that starts with "H" toward a waiting penguin. This app includes activities that focus on CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words to help pre-readers and emerging readers build skills in combining letters to read words. Duck Duck Moose Reading offers good skills practice, if kids can block out the distractions.
Ease of Play
Very easy to play. Kids simply tap on their account, and the game at the level where they stopped during their last play session will appear. Audio directions are given in a clear voice. When kids finish a level, they earn an animal for their zoo page, which they can decorate by choosing a habitat and placing the animals by swiping a finger around the screen. There are arrows to return to previous screens and other big, colorful icons to clue kids visually into what to tap.
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The name of the developer is spoken aloud when the app opens, and there's a More Apps tab at the top left side of the main screen that moves users out of the app to view other apps by the developer; however, the app asks users to enter a number code in order to discourage kids from doing so.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Duck Duck Moose Reading is a colorful, visually busy (and rather noisy, unless you turn off the background music) early reading app that focuses on very basic reading skills, such as letter recognition and letter sounds. Nine activities focus on letter sounds and letter recognition within words. There's no doubt that there's solid learning to be had here. But everything on this app seems to move quickly, and there's a lot going on visually for an app for pre-readers, so if your kid is easily distracted or needs extra time in reading practice, this may not be the best choice.
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What’s It About?
Up to three kids can have accounts on DUCK DUCK MOOSE READING, and others can play as guests. When your kid taps on his or her account, the game at the level where they stopped during their last play session will appear. It could be matching letter sounds by having a giraffe eat the letters of the sound that the app asks kids to find, or feeding a dolphin all the words that begin with the sound of the letter T. When kids finish a level, they earn an animal for their zoo page.
Is It Any Good?
Duck Duck Moose Reading was created using Common Core standards and includes exercises that gradually increase in difficulty by level, as well as a parent page for tracking kids' progress. While Duck Duck Moose Reading is a fine app for basic letter recognition and letter sound practice for pre-readers and early readers, it could be greatly improved by calming everything down a bit, in both visuals and sounds (especially nixing the distracting background music by turning it off). This app is not the best choice for kids who are easily distracted or who need a little extra time or visual space to think about answers.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Talk about letters and letter sounds in everyday life. Transfer some of the word and letter find and match games from the app to real-world situations like the grocery store.
Visit the Duck Duck Moose blog and print out the workbook related to the Duck Duck Moose Reading app.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition, phonics, reading
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: December 5, 2012
- Category: Education
- Publisher: Duck Duck Moose
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
- Last updated: August 31, 2016
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