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Kindergarten math & reading learning kids games

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Dry, limited learning content; big promises fail to deliver.

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With games that lack basic learning supports and offer fairly repetitive activities, this expensive subscription-based service doesn't live up to its promises. There's nothing objectionable about the content in Kindergarten math & reading learning kids games overall, but it's not at all clear what's Montessori about it. In addition to the activities being repetitive (tracing, dragging, and watching), many don't offer learning supports. For example, in a rhyming game in which kids choose which pictures rhyme (for example, an image of a fox rhymes with an image of an ox), they can't tap the pictures to hear what they represent (the ox could be a cow, for instance). The library features illustrated classic fairy tales that kids can listen to or read on their own, but the stories have some unusual turns of phrase and vocabulary for a preschool crowd. Even the praise sometimes doesn't make sense, such as when a voice says, "Very well!" In terms of the videos, anyone familiar with popular preschool programming will recognize that some are even videos of someone else completing interactive activities form third-party sources (such as Martha Speaks games from the PBS Kids website). Some parents like the walled garden of content and the worksheets, but make sure to use the free trial to see if this is an app your kid will use, and know that there's better digital educational content available for less money.

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