Kids Academy Talented & Gifted

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Vast library of instructional videos and worksheets.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Topics in math, ELA, science, social studies, and more. Concepts are explained in videos, and kids practice with worksheets and, sometimes, games. Material is supposedly presented by age and previous performance so kids are challenged at just the right level. However, some might run into significant technical problems, in which case kids will not learn anything because they can't access the material.

Ease of Play

Frequent technical problems often make it difficult to use the app.  

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A 7-day free trial theoretically allows users to preview the content. After that, most content is visible, but locked and only available through subscription. Misleading claims, supposedly from Ivy League universities, encourage parents to purchase a subscription.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kids Academy Talented & Gifted is a massive database of worksheets, games, and videos on a variety of topics for kids from pre-K through third grade. Most of the material is math and ELA related, though there are also lessons in social studies, science, and even chess. Kids can follow their "assignments," which are chosen based on their age and previous performance, or they can browse through the topics on their own. Most of the lessons are videos or worksheets, which can be completed on-screen by drawing the answer, or printed and then scanned back for scoring. The app is a free download, but the content is available only through a subscription. Once parents provide an email address to create an account, they can sign up for 7-day free trial to preview the material. It is important to note that at the time of this review, multiple technical problems interfered with being able to use Kids Academy Talented & Gifted. Sometimes technical problems, such as choppy video, incorrect worksheet grading, or the app suddenly quitting, interfere with smooth gameplay. 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?

Provide an email address to create an account and sign up for KIDS ACADEMY TALENTED & GIFTED. Once in, indicate your kid's age and name, and choose an avatar. Content is then automatically presented. Follow the personalized lesson path or browse through topics in math, ELA, science, and more. Material is a mix of video instruction, games, and lots of worksheets. Worksheets can be completed in the app, or parents can send them to the printer and upload a photo of the completed sheet to be corrected. Kids get "trophies" for completing lessons, and parents can view progress reports.

Is it any good?

Large learning programs that attempt to cover a wide range of learning material can either be a great one-stop shop, or, as this one is, rather mediocre. Kids Academy Talented & Gifted focuses mostly on math and ELA, but also has other fun and unique topics, such as chess. Though watching videos is a passive learning experience, the many videos are as engaging as can be and most concepts are explained clearly. The games are of average quality and tend to be standard multiple-choice options dressed up in fun graphics. They're also not always explained well. And, disappointingly, the overwhelming bulk of the material consists of a huge library of good old-fashioned worksheets. Kids Academy Talented & Gifted adds the fun of completing the worksheets on the screen or on paper (and then taking a photograph of the completed worksheet). However, the worksheets themselves aren't anything special, and when the worksheets are corrected they don't always catch correct answers, which can be very frustrating. And there's no feedback for helping kids understand what they may have done wrong. Though there is some decent learning content, it may not be worth the high subscription price.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the learning concepts presented in Kids Academy Talented & Gifted. Engage your kids in thinking about math and reading in your everyday activities. Have them count steps as you walk up the stairs, help with making change at the store, read street signs, and identify the nouns and verbs in a sentence.

  • Look at the worksheets with your kids to see if they are having trouble understanding any of the concepts. Help them work through questions that they find difficult.

  • With these massive apps in can be hard to put the screen down. Discuss the amount of screen time that's appropriate for your family. Read our guide for creating age-appropriate screen time limits and guidelines.

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For kids who love preschool and educational apps

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