Kindergarten math & reading learning kids games

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Dry, limited learning content; big promises fail to deliver.

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Educational Value

Limited learning content for young kids. Kids are introduced to letters, numbers, and some basic reading skills through songs and interactive games. For example, two activities stress the difference between long and short vowel sounds. Classic fairy tales pique kids' imaginations and encourage a love of reading. Kids can also practice fine motor control as they trace numbers and letters and drag a bone through a maze.

Ease of Play

Easy to use and navigate, but technical problems sometimes interfere with smooth play.

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Consumerism

Limited content available for free, and an "All access" button is available for kids to tap. Parent gate protects subscription sign-up.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kindergarten math & reading learning kids games is a subscription-based service with math, reading, and writing activities, books, and videos. Some activities are interactive while others are simply video presentations. Kids earn awards for completing activities. Parents can create multiple user profiles so that individual kids can play and accumulate awards. If parents provide an email address, they can get printable learning worksheets emailed to them every week. Frequent technical glitches get in the way, such as audio that doesn't play, buttons that don't work, and screen freezes. The app download is free and includes limited content, but a free seven-day trial will let you check it out before the subscription begins. Read the developer's privacy policy to find out how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Kids play games and watch videos about counting, numbers, letters, vowel sounds, and more in KINDERGARTEN MATH & READING LEARNING KIDS GAMES. Activities are divided into five categories -- Reading, Writing, Math, Library, and Kids TV -- though many activities overlap and show up in more than one category. Most categories have roughly 10 activities. Games ask kids to trace, tap, or drag their finger through a maze.

Is it any good?

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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  • Families can talk about the topics covered in Kindergarten math & reading learning kids games. Point out numbers and letters as they appear in the environment: on signs, in books, in the grocery store, and so on.

  • Download the free printable worksheets and work with your kids offscreen to develop their early math and reading skills.

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