EASY peasy: English for Kids

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Customizable flashcards adapt for each kid learning English.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn lots of new words and phrases in English. They'll also practice using their new vocabulary in sentences. Audio and text help kids learn how the word sounds and how it looks.

Ease of Play

Play is mostly straightforward though there is a bit of set up involved and navigation could be smoother.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that EASY peasy: English for Kids uses flashcards to teach kids a wide range of English words and phrases. There's a bit of set up involved, which requires parent input. Parents choose a language of origin from the 13 available options, set the learning level, and add or edit word or phrase packets. Kids then learn through flashcards, multiple-choice questions, and matching activities. The developer claims that it uses a learning algorithm to adapt which words or phrases get presented based on kids' past performance. It helps if kids can read in their language of origin. If they can't, parents may need to help with some of the activities. The free download includes most content with some limitations. Or, subscribe for $2.99/month or $9.99/year for unlimited lessons, multiple player accounts, and the option to play offline. Occasional pop-up windows ask users to rate the app and write a review. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Create a new profile, choose from three ability levels, and set your native language to start EASY PEASY: ENGLISH FOR KIDS. From there, parents scroll through and add word groups to be studied. When kids get started, they tap on a word group and cycle through a series of flashcards, multiple-choice questions, fill-in-the-blank sentences, and matching activities. English words and phrases are accompanied by graphics and/or the native language translation as audio or text. Kids get points and prizes when they reach their pre-set daily goal or when they achieve certain accomplishments.

Is it any good?

English language learning is front and center with this adaptable collection of customizable flashcards. Though the flashcard set up isn't exactly exciting, it's nice to see more than just a simple collection of isolated vocabulary words. Themed groupings include the usual suspects like colors or simple foods, as well as words that don't make their way into language learning apps as often (dragon fruit, anyone?). Then, there are the phrases, pronouns, and other important building blocks that someone needs to know to be able to functionally speak a language. Beyond the flashcard introduction and review, kids also see the new words or phrases used in sentences, so they can experience the new material in context. Everything -- including word groups, flashcards, and difficulty levels -- is customizable, though it does get a little complicated navigating through it all. Parents and kids can also easily use the material that comes pre-loaded in the app. The major thing missing in EASY peasy: English for Kids is the element of fun. Though the presentation is clean and graphics are kid-friendly, using the app could be a bit more playful and engaging.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the new vocabulary in EASY peasy: English for Kids. Try to incorporate new words and phrases into your every day life.

  • Read books, sing songs, recite nursery rhymes, and watch videos on English to reinforce language learning.

  • If you are an English language learner yourself, show your kids that you're interested in improving your language skills too. Learn new English words and phrases right along with your kids.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, speaking, vocabulary
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try
  • Subscription price: $2.99/month or $9.99/year
  • Release date: April 29, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 130.20 MB
  • Publisher: wonderkind GmbH
  • Version: 1.1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.1 or later

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