Monkey Word School Adventure

Common Sense Media says

Cute monkey guides kids through six early-reading games.






What parents need to know

Ease of play

As soon as kids select their name, play begins with verbal instructions and hints when needed.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Links to other apps are hidden in the support section for parents, which you can access by holding a finger on the screen for a few seconds.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Kids enter a username when creating their account. THUP's short, simple, user-friendly privacy policy states that they do not collect, store, or share any personal information or location data.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Monkey Word School Adventure is an early-reading app for preschoolers and young elementary-school-age kids. It's the next step up from THUP's Monkey Preschool Lunchbox, which focuses on colors and sorting. Monkey Word School Adventure is for kids who are ready to start recognizing letters and words. It is well-designed with young learners in mind, challenging kids age 4 to 7 by using technology that quickly adjusts the words to the appropriate level.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • writing
  • letter or word recognition


Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • memorization

Engagement, Approach, Support


Activities are short enough to keep kids interested. Adding an object to the terrarium gives them motivation to complete the next one.

Learning Approach

The mix of phonics and sight words gives kids a variety of decoding strategies they'll need as they build their reading skills.


The challenge levels increase based on user performance and can be adjusted in the settings. There's no data or progress screen to track kids' skill development. 

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • writing
  • letter or word recognition


Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • memorization

Kids can learn words and letters to help build reading skills. They can learn to form uppercase and lowercase letters and to recognize those letters in a variety of fonts. They can learn sight words and phonics. The activities jump around to different letters and rhymes rather than focusing on one at a time, and, though parents can control which activities are included, they cannot choose specific letters or words. Monkey Word School Adventure's six fun activities help kids build an early-reading foundation.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

MONKEY WORD SCHOOL ADVENTURE takes kids through six phonics and word group activities to help kids master early-reading skills. Kids enter or select their name, and the app guides them seamlessly through the activities. Kids trace letters, go through a rhyming maze, find letters or sight words in flying objects, spell words (with or without hints), and find words in a word search. After each round, kids choose a plant or an animal to add to their terrarium. Up to three kids can have accounts. Good early-reading practice with fun rewards.

Is it any good?


Each activity on Monkey Word School Adventure is short and moves automatically to the next challenge, so kids won't likely get bored. What really sets this early-reading app apart, though, is the increasing challenge based on prior performance. If kids master finding letters in the dropping gems, the next round will give them words. If they master three-letter words, they'll quickly move to blends and digraphs. The six games may get repetitive, but the customized adjustments in difficulty should keep kids interested. Parents can manually adjust the challenge level and turn off certain games in the settings if they want kids to focus on specific skills.

Families can talk about...

  • Read to kids from a variety of text formats so they can be familiar with letters and words written different ways: in print, by hand, on logos, or on a screen.

  • Play rhyming games wherein kids contribute words that rhyme or end with the same sound, such as pig, big, wig, jig, and dig.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:April 16, 2013
Size:39.50 MB
Publisher:THUP Games
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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