Juno Lamb Learn Letters

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Easy, no-frills letter games lack basic features.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to spell commonly used words in five different languages.

Ease of Play

Play is as simple as tapping and dragging letters to the correct place.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Juno Lamb Learn Letters gives kids practice spelling common words. One by one, kids pick letters from a letter tree to fill in the blank spaces and spell a word. There are five languages -- English, French, German, Spanish, and Swedish -- and three difficulty levels available. Other than some music, there's no audio; if kids want to hear the word said out loud, they'll need help from a parent. There's no natural stopping point, so parents will need to be in charge of deciding when to stop playing. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Tap play to start JUNO LAMB LEARN LETTERS, generate a word and its accompanying picture, and fill a big tree with random letters. Kids tap and drag letters from the tree to place in the correct slot and spell the target word. There are three levels of difficulty and five languages; the default settings are easy and English. In the easiest mode, kids see grayed out letters in their slots already; in the next level up, some letters are grayed and some slots are blank; in the hardest level, all the slots are blank. Tap on the flag icon to choose to play in French, German, Spanish, or Swedish. Tap the light bulb icon for a hint about what letter to choose next.

Is it any good?

This bare bones word-spelling game is straightforward and easy-to-use, but lacking some basic features. Round after round, kids can easily get lots of practice choosing the right letters to spell common words. The three levels of difficulty nicely accommodate kids with varying familiarity with spelling. And the handful of language options may appeal to multi-lingual families. Kids can also experiment with the different languages if they're interested in learning a new language, except that the words are never spoken out loud so kids won't be able hear what the words sound like. Even for kids playing in their native language, an audio track that pronounces the words once they're spelled is a pretty basic function in these kinds of apps that is conspicuously missing here. It would also be nice if when kids tap on a letter, they heard what sound that letter makes. Without additional support, this game does only part of the job of helping kids learn about letters and spelling words. In addition, the very basic graphics are cute enough but are incredibly simple. Overall, it feels like Juno Lamb Learn Letters was put together without much thought of how it might serve kids best. Despite the super simple user experience, there's not enough here to justify the purchase price.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the words kids spell in Juno Lamb Learn Letters. Help them say the word out loud and highlight the sound that each letter makes.

  • As kids tap on different letters in the tree, have them say out loud the name of the letter and what sound the letter makes.

  • Emphasize letters and letter sounds in common high frequency words like names of people you know, animals, colors, and so on. For example if you see a dog on the street say, "Look it's a dog! D makes a d-d-d sound, dog!"

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For kids who love learning letters and language

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