Fun With Directions HD

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Vicki Windman, Common Sense Media
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Great way to practice listening, following directions, more.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to practice basic concepts that are associated with following directions. Depending on the child, kids can work specifically on receptive language as they listen to a direction or read a direction to increase comprehension. The app even has a recording component -- "The Superstar Direction" -- that incorporates recording the child's voice. Kids can practice their fluency, articulation, and expressive language while having fun following directions. 

Ease of Play

Log on as a guest user or track a child individually. Settings are presented using brightly colored rectangles on a white background. Parents can set the level, concepts, order of concepts, superstar direction, and touch/drag as well as track progress. Parents also can turn on or off text and/or voice commands. Once this is complete, the child is ready to go.

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If parents are interested, there is a choice on the opening screen for more apps. The free lite version of the app includes a link to purchase the full version. Parents have to answer a double-digit addition problem to get to the App Store.

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What parents need to know

Fun With Directions HD is an educational app that helps kids follow one-, two-, and multi-step verbal or text directions. The app can help kids practice listening and reviewing basic concept skills such as bottom, color, close, give, middle, and open. The app can benefit kids who may be struggling with receptive language and speech issues when the speech feature is enabled. Kids can practice reading and comprehension when the text feature is enabled.

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What's it about?

Kids are presented with brightly colored pictures on a white background. There are three levels of play. Directions go from simple one-step directions to more complex directions and choices. The more advanced level integrates more complex concepts at one time to enhance working and auditory memory. The "Super Direction" feature incorporates a recording, giving kids an expressive language and fluency experience. Parents can track a child's progress.

Is it any good?

FUN WITH DIRECTIONS HD is a great way to introduce concepts to kids in a fun and easy-to-use format. You can use this tool with kids who may need extra practice with their listening skills and following directions. The app gives room for growth with three levels of difficulty. Parents should note that this app isn't designed to take the place of hearing directions from the outside world -- it's a supplemental activity to help you see where your child may be struggling. The data is a way for parents to see and monitor their children's progress and discuss with their children's teachers. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about directions. Give kids verbal directions in the house, such as "Put the napkin under the plate."

  • Have kids listen to the app but not look at the screen for a few seconds to increase auditory memory demand.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading comprehension
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: thinking critically
    Communication: listening
  • Price: $15.99
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid (A free "lite" version includes a sample of the concepts and features available in the full version.)
  • Release date: October 25, 2013
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 198.00 MB
  • Publisher: Hamaguchi Apps
  • Version: 1.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later

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