What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Letters with Pooh offers plenty of tracing practice and a few letter games with the cute look and feel of a classic Winnie the Pooh story. There are a few kinks still to be worked out (version 1.2) -- the occasional frozen screen or boot out of the app altogether. It's also pretty easy for kids to reach the settings screen and see the rotating banner ad for more Disney apps and a button that says "Gift This App." The "Reports" tab under settings lets parents track kids' progress and the "Tips" tab has a box for a parent email address for special Disney offers, as well as four "Do-Together Ideas" to reinforce the skills kids are learning.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
- writing clearly
Engagement, Approach, Support
Although the games are just OK, Letters with Pooh is really great tracing practice -- especially for total beginners. A page with earned stickers provides extra incentive.
The first tracing exercise teaches lines and circles. Then, kids tackle letters! They learn to recognize letters by finding hidden ones, completing pictures, and catching the right letter in the pot.
The "Reports" tab lets parents track kids' progress, and four "Do-Together Ideas" reinforce the skills kids are learning.
What's it about?
Pooh has a "rumbly in his tummy." It leads him to Tracing Practice. Friends help him follow bees by pointing at and circling bees and having kids do the same. Pooh finds the beehive but then he needs to reach it. Each letter traced earns more balloons to get him there. Kids also record themselves saying letters and see pictures of words that start with each letter. Letter games include finding hidden letters, painting by letters (dragging letters out of a honey pot onto the correct picture piece), and catching falling letters in a honey pot. Stickers earned can be placed on different backdrops.
Is it any good?
Get LETTERS WITH POOH for the tracing practice more than the games. It's great for kids who haven't traced before because they can practice lines and circles in a cute Pooh storybook format before moving on to the real letters. Even when you reach the letters, a bee will show kids how to trace an A the first time. Plus there are two levels of tracing; the easy level is quite forgiving.
The added "feature" where kids can record themselves saying the letter seems strange. You can say "banana" instead of "D," and the British narrator commends you. The letter games section is just OK. Catching falling letters in Pooh's honey pot is kind of slow-going, but you're rewarded with one of Owl's poems at the end.
Families can talk about...
Try some of the great suggestions on the "Tips" tab of the settings section. There are four great "Do-Together Ideas."
Take an old cookie sheet and some finger paint and practice letter tracing in a fun and messier way.