Gappy Learns Reading - Teach Kids Spelling and Reading With Letters & Sounds - Educational Sight Word Games for Kindergarten
Gappy Learns Reading - Teach Kids Spelling and Reading With Letters & Sounds - Educational Sight Word Games for Kindergarten gallery
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gappy Learns Reading is a simple, clean-cut spelling app that allows kids to learn how to spell basic words. Kids start by filling in one missing letter and progress to spelling three-letter words on their own. The design is simple and uncluttered -- it isn't likely to over-stimulate.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- multiple forms of expression
Engagement, Approach, Support
It's fun, and four difficulty settings meet kids at their levels to keep them going. Clean and simple graphics add to the visual appeal, but play is repetitive, and spelling 10 words in each round can get tedious.
Learning is focused on recognizing sounds and matching them to the right letters. Wrong answers result in constructive feedback to try again. Kids -- or their teachers -- will have to pick which of the four levels is best for them.
It's easy for kids to see their progress throughout the game, but tracking through each round isn't as easy. There aren't any suggestions for how to extend learning off-screen.
What's it about?
Kids are asked to spell three-letter words to help the character, a cute bunny named Gappy, construct bridges during a long walk home. There are four levels of play, and activities range from finding one missing letter in a word to spelling a whole word upon hearing it spoken aloud. When kids reach 10 correctly spelled words, they earn part of a house they can use to customize Gappy's house. In the app's alphabet area, kids can review letter names and their sounds. Kids or parents can choose to include spelling words from three preloaded lists (with a total of more than 200 words), and kids can play using lower-case or capital letters.
Is it any good?
GAPPY LEARNS READING boasts clean and simple graphics, a user-friendly interface, and a likable character named Gappy. As an app that helps kids learn how to spell and construct words, it's a relative success. However, the options for customization and the range of potential learning are somewhat limited. Some kids may get bored with the preloaded word lists, and play can be somewhat repetitive and tedious. Because words are preloaded, and all have only three letters, it isn't as extensive as it could be. What’s more, some of the words may be odd choices for beginning readers. Progress is hidden as kids play, and there's no option to save and exit mid-round. This can be a lot to ask for the app's young audience.
Gappy Learns Reading works best as a tool that pre-readers and emerging readers can use for extra practice. Its gentle, clean approach and repetitive play also could make it a helpful tool for kids with language delays.
Families can talk about...
Monitor kids as they play to make sure they're on an appropriate level.
Talk to your kids about letters and their sounds, especially letters in words they're already familiar with.
Expand your kids' active vocabulary by talking to them about the meanings of the words they encounter in the app.