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

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Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Fun educational app lets parents customize to kids' level.

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Educational Value

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.

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.

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What 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.

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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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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