Oh Say Can You Seed?

Common Sense Media says

Cheerful Seuss-style story helps kids learn about plants.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Navigation is easy and intuitive. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Plant reproduction is discussed in a kid-friendly way. Fertilized and unfertilized eggs are referenced. 

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Links to buy more apps from the developer appear on some pages. Kids can access the links by swiping two fingers across the screen. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids can send voice recordings via email attachments. The developer's privacy policy states that they may collect personally identifiable information from people who register for their newsletter. IP addresses, cookies information, and page requests may be randomly collected from app users. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Oh Say Can You Seed? is an educational storybook app packed with information about plants. Kids can listen to the Cat in the Hat tell the story, or they can read the story themselves. The app supports early literacy and language development through highlighted narration, interactive illustrations, and a voice record option. Kids can learn plant-related vocabulary by tapping on words and pictures. Some concepts like pollination and male and female plant parts are advanced for young readers, but kids will enjoy the rhymes, sound effects, and basic animations that teach about plants. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • vocabulary

Science

  • ecosystems
  • life cycle
  • plants
  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • asking questions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Rhymes, tappable words, and interactive pictures will get kids interested. Fun facts about plants and familiar Dr. Seuss characters will keep kids reading to learn more. 

Learning Approach

Kids tap to learn new vocabulary and view illustrations and diagrams to learn more detailed science concepts. Topics are well organized and progress smoothly throughout the story. 

Support

Moving through the app is easy, and pages can be accessed from a main menu. A glossary and some practice activities would help solidify learning. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • vocabulary

Science

  • ecosystems
  • life cycle
  • plants
  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • asking questions

Kids can learn about plants while practicing their reading skills. Topics like uses of plants, plant life cycles, plant parts, photosynthesis, and seed dispersal are presented with well-designed illustrations and labeled diagrams. Key words appear in bold throughout the story, and kids can tap to learn their meanings. Some topics like pollination and plant reproduction may be a bit confusing for some, but the story does a nice job of keeping these complex science concepts as basic as possible. Oh Say Can You Seed? is a good way to introduce kids to the world of plants while supporting early literacy.

This Learning Rating review was written by Debbie Gorrell

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What's it about?

Come along with the Cat in the Hat as he tells a fact-filled story about the world of plants. On the home screen, kids can choose from two reading options: Read to Me and Read It Myself. In the Read to Me option, the Cat in the Hat tells the story as words are highlighted. In both reading options, kids can tap bolded words to learn their definitions, and they can tap pictures to hear and see the pictures with labels. The voice record option lets users record their voices narrating the story, which adds a nice personal touch to the learning experience while supporting speech and language development.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

OH SAY CAN YOU SEED? is a delightful way for kids to learn about plants. Pages are easy to navigate and sound effects, rhyming, and tappable words and pictures make learning fun. Younger kids may find some of the content a bit confusing, especially the section about pollination. The app misses an opportunity to deepen the learning experience through review and assessment. But overall, kids who want to learn about plants will really dig this digital version of the Cat in the Hat Learning Library book.    

Families can talk about...

  • Read together and discuss plant words and topics as they come up throughout the story.

  • Use a live flowering plant and have kids identify the different parts.

  • During a meal, ask kids to point out foods that came from plants.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$3.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:October 28, 2013
Category:Education
Topics:Science and nature
Size:44.30 MB
Publisher:Oceanhouse Media
Version:2.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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