What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that GazziliWords is an educational app that teaches basic concepts in science, art, health, life skills, and other areas. On each of its 18 different topics, including concepts such as time, electricity, art, balance, and fingerprints, the app will display and read a page of background information (or the app can be set for kids to read to themselves), and then kids play a related activity or game. Kids interact with the device through tilting, tapping, blowing, and dragging.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- asking questions
Responsibility & Ethics
- respect for others
Health & Fitness
- balanced diet
- body awareness
Engagement, Approach, Support
A virtual playground for kids to explore concepts such as strength, the food pyramid, and creating art. The music is cheerful and the reading voice gentle.
Kids learn by reading, then interacting with the device in a variety of ways to accomplish the goals of each playful activity. Instruction, play, and experimentation combine to teach kids about common topics.
Game instructions and instructional text are read aloud. There are links to share information about the app over email, Twitter, or Facebook.
What's it about?
GazziliWords presents kids with 24 topics. With each topic, kids hear brief questions kids might ask, and then a short explanation. The explanations occasionally include words and concepts that parents may need to explain further. Each topic also includes a cute, interactive activity that illustrates the topic. For example, for patience, the activity is fishing, where kids have to wait for the fish and pull the hook as they swim by. Some activities are better than others, but overall, they are great conversation starters.
Is it any good?
GAZZILIWORDS acts as a virtual playground for kids to explore concepts such as strength, the food pyramid, and creating art. The music is cheerful, and the reading voice gentle. Although most of the activities take some amount of dexterity, overall they are easy to play. Kids interact with the device in a variety of ways to accomplish the goals of each playful activity. GazziliWords combines instruction, play, and experimentation to give kids the opportunity to use what they learn while having fun.
Families can talk about...
Continue the conversation that GazziliWords starts, showing kids how the topics are relevant in their real world.
Reinforce how the activity relates back to the topic.