Endless Alphabet

Common Sense Media says

Cute ABC and vocab app will appeal to a wide range of ages.

Age(i)

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Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Swiping, tapping, and dragging are intuitive in this preschool-friendly app.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The information section for parents includes links to the developer's other apps, but it's behind a security screen that can't be accessed by nonreaders. The free version of the app (Android) requires a paid upgrade to unlock the full alphabet.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The privacy policy explains the information collected (both personal and anonymous) and how it's used. The app doesn't request personal information from kids under 13.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Endless Alphabet requires an Internet connection and a lot of storage space for full functionality. Though the idea of an alphabet app is targeted to preschoolers, older kids will get a kick out of the animations and expand their vocabularies, too, with the vivid words included. More words are added periodically.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • naming
  • phonics
  • spelling
  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Cute monsters and clever animations engage kids in exploring words and letters.

Learning Approach

Kids can connect word meanings to the real world through the adorable animations. However, the pronunciation of letters doesn't always match how the letters are used in the word, and there are no opportunities for kids to demonstrate or apply what they've learned.

Support

Words are added regularly to keep the content fresh, but kids can't track which words they've mastered. No tips or extension activities are available.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • naming
  • phonics
  • spelling
  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Kids can learn vivid vocabulary in addition to the alphabet. They see letters and hear sounds and can learn to spell the words. Words such as yodel and multiply might be new to them whereas words such as vacuum and journey may challenge their spelling abilities. Endless Alphabet has a simple premise that offers engaging content in an exploration-friendly format.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

A monster's mouth is full of words in alphabetical order. Kids scroll through and select a word and then see and hear the word, put the word back together with phonetic sounds for each letter, and watch an animation demonstrating the word's meaning. It's "endless" since new words are added regularly. These aren't the typical words of preschool phonics apps, either. No "C is for cat" here: C is for cooperate. Kids will learn other great vocabulary such as bellow, gargantuan, opera, and quarrel.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

ENDLESS ALPHABET is simple yet powerful. Kids work at their own pace with no objective or goals beyond exploring the words in this endless alphabet. The animations demonstrate the meanings of the words in an unforgettable way -- like seeing a monster grow from normal-size to gargantuan or an invisible word appear when paint is thrown on it. The only problem with Endless Alphabet is that it may be misnamed. This is more of a vocabulary app than a way to merely learn the alphabet.

Families can talk about...

  • Read to kids from books just beyond their reading levels to expose them to a variety of vivid language and improve their vocabularies and expressive-language skills.

  • Speak to your kids using advanced vocabulary and be prepared to respond to the questions the new words may elicit.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows
Price:Free-$6.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:January 25, 2014
Category:Education
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Size:44.40 MB
Publisher:Originator Inc.
Version:1.7
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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