Monkey Word School Adventure
What parents need to know
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
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
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.
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'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.