Freefall Spelling

Common Sense Media says

Simple, fun choice for practicing basic world building.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Any kid who knows the alphabet and can swipe a finger across the device's screen is ready to play this app.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Freefall Spelling is an enjoyable, simple app for young kids who are just learning to spell. All three modes of play on Freefall Spelling --Freefall, Scramble, and Type -- include a friendly voice speaking the words that are also shown in a drawing. Then kids match or insert letters to form words in a series of rounds, and all rounds reward kids with fish and other items to put into an animated fish tank. In Freefall Mode, kids must work fast because the letters are falling at a quick pace and once they're gone, you lose your chance to earn a new fishy reward for your tank. A fun, multi-setting first spelling practice experience.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • spelling

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently

Emotional Development

  • handling stress

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Three modes of play, beautiful drawing-style graphics, and in-app fish tank rewards make Freefall Spelling fun and engaging.

Learning Approach

Matching practice combines with letter recognition to support early spelling skills. As kids spell or view and match the letters to fill in the (already formed) word, they are spelling words; it does not cover letter sounds.

Support

Many custom settings, including hints, lowercase letters, selecting pre-loaded or creating spelling lists, and choosing from three play modes. No scoring, and the fish tank reward is app-wide (not by individual user).

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • spelling

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently

Emotional Development

  • handling stress

Kids can learn basic spelling skills, such as letter recognition, spelling simple words (including numbers up to 20), and spelling words from personalized lists parents can add for them. Kids can learn part-whole relationships related to how letters form words. It would be nice for Freefall Spelling to include some practice in letter sounds, too. Kids also develop the ability to work efficiently and handle a little stress as the letters fall in the main game on this app. Young kids who are just learning to spell can get some solid practice with this cute app.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

As kids playing Freefall Spelling swipe a finger on the screen to move dropping letters into the right spots, they spell words that match the corresponding pictures. Three modes to choose from, Freefall, Type, and Scramble. In Freefall Mode, spellers have to work fast because the letters are falling at a quick pace. Once they get a certain number right, kids win items for an in-app fish tank. Parents can build their own customized lists or choose from 150+ pre-programmed words.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

With two levels -- one with "hints" and the other with more challenging words and no letter hints -- FREEFALL SPELLING is a great choice for pre-spellers and new spellers to practice letter recognition and basic word building. Words like "Cat" and "Bee" start off the rounds, progressing to "Lego" and "Mouse." In between rounds, kids earn fish tank rewards. The voice accompanying the app is encouraging, but the music is somewhat annoying (you can turn it off in settings). Perhaps the best part of this app is the handmade drawings that are both inviting and calming -- just like the app itself. 

Families can talk about...

  • Create a new spelling list on the app for your kid based on words he or she is learning at school or words from a favorite learn-to-read book.

  • Talk to kids about working under pressure. If the pace of the app seems stressful for them, reassure them that it's OK to take their time and they will get faster as they play the game.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:October 31, 2012
Category:Education
Size:65.00 MB
Publisher:Merge Mobile
Version:2.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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