Jungle Time - learn how to tell time (for iPad)

Common Sense Media says

Fun educational app lets parents customize to kids' level.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is intuitive, and kids interact with the clock while they answer the questions. There's a section for learning that teaches kids all  the aspects to telling time, but the game also guides kids as they go. For kids who need to hear directions, the app has an audio component. Within voice settings you can change the clock from quarter past or half past to 15 or 30 minutes to and after the hour.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The settings page includes links to other apps by the publisher.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

If you're using the app with more than one child, you can enter the user's name. You only add the first name, which allows for privacy.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Jungle Time - learn how to tell time (for iPad) is a very interactive app for teaching kids how to tell time and to give them practice on five difficulty levels, teaching skills from telling time to the hour to telling time to the minute. Kids also learn to set clocks to the proper time, calculate elapsed time, and set elapsed time. A separate section teaches all about telling time, including how to read the clock and about daylight saving time, 24-hour time, and time zones. There are plenty of hands-on examples of how the hour hand, the second hand, and time differences work. The settings screen has a large number of options for tailoring the game toward the proper skill level, including telling time to the hour, the half hour, five minutes, and one minute, for example. For kids with learning difficulties, the app includes a learning-clock style, which includes minute numbers, with color-coded hands.  

Parents can track ther child's history within the settings section allowing the parent to see the date of activity and percentages correct and incorrect.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • arithmetic
  • measurement
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • problem solving
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • time management

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Jungle Time is fun and interactive, and it uses a choice of jungle animals and sounds to engage kids.

Learning Approach

The app offers five levels for learning how to tell time using an analog clock. It would be nice to see a larger scroll pad to tell and set elapsed time.  

Support

A learning section helps kids differentiate between the hour and minute hands as well as how to tell time and add time. The app has good customization options, and you can track data in the settings tab.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • arithmetic
  • measurement
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • problem solving
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • time management

Kids can learn how to tell time from the hour to the minute. They'll also learn how to move the minute and hour hands to set the time. Kids who have mastered beginning concepts or who struggle with telling and setting elapsed time have the opportunity to learn how to master pragmatic language and how to differentiate between functional concepts such as behind and ahead. Custom settings help you tailor the app for your kid's skill level. Kids can use audio to hear directions and use the color-coded hands as they first learn to understand minutes. Jungle Time is a colorful app that presents a variety of ways for kids to learn to tell time.

This Learning Rating review was written by Vicki Windman

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JUNGLE TIME - LEARN HOW TO TELL TIME (FOR IPAD) is an entertaining and enjoyable app kids will have fun with as they learn how to tell time. Kids can choose which jungle animal to appear on the clocks, and parents can set the options for the appropriate learning level for their child. Since the app addresses several aspects of telling time, kids will be fluent in analog clock use when they have become proficient at all app levels.

Families can talk about...

  • Have kids set their own alarm clocks.

  • Ask kids elapsed-time questions in daily conversation.

  • Use daily schedules such as television times and have kids set the time using a handmade or store-bought clock.

  • Make a visual schedule with the time of day to reinforce concepts such as "an hour behind" or "an hour ahead."

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:November 18, 2013
Category:Education
Topics:Numbers and letters
Size:30.60 MB
Publisher:Andrew Short
Version:4.15
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later

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