One Globe Kids - children's stories from around the world
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that One Globe Kids - children's stories from around the world introduces kids to global cultures through photo- and audio-based "a day in my life" stories told by individual kids from different countries. There's Aji in Indonesia, Luna in New York City, and almost a dozen other stories for kids to listen to and read. Kids can also hear a bit of each storyteller's language (and record themselves saying a few words), choose which storyline they'd like to hear, and learn geographic, cultural, and political facts about each country. One story is free to try, all others require $1.99 in-app purchase. Stories can be heard in four languages.
What's it about?
Kids choose a story, then listen to and read it by swiping through each page to turn to the next page. If you want to choose different approaches to the story, choose "Adventure" or choose "Start to Finish!" to read from beginning to end. Tap "Conversations" and press the red button to record audio of your own voice telling your story (which isn't shared publicly). Tap the language option to hear and practice speaking some vocabulary words in another language. Beautiful photos and high-quality audio add to this cultural and social learning experience.
Is it any good?
Through One Globe Kids' stories, kids can "meet" other kids around the world and discover what their lives are like without ever leaving home. Valdo in Haiti has to travel hours to get to school, wears a SpongeBob SquarePants T-shirt, and loves weekends in his mountain village. Luna in New York City lives in a small apartment, eats breakfast twice, and rides her scooter two blocks to school. Kids can practice recording their own story with guiding questions that relate to the app's stories ("What do you like to eat for breakfast?" "How do you get to school?"), as well as practice a few words from each kid's language. Almost all of the stories require a $1.99 in-app purchase (unless you purchases the paid One Globe Kids 1 app), although that price seems like a highly economical way to help your kid experience other cultures and learn about other kids living lives a lot like theirs and yet very different, too.
Families can talk about...
Ask your kid: How is your life different from the stories on One Globe Kids? How is it the same?
Try speaking and recording some words in the languages of the featured kids with your kid. Learning and remembering just a few words in different languages at a young age can spark kids' long-term interest in and confidence about learning more languages.
View the map. Point out where you live and where the kids featured in the stories live. Use vocabulary related to geography to describe each place, such as Northern Hemisphere, Europe, close to the Equator, and island or land-locked.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad|
|Price:||Free ($1.99 in-app purchases)|
|Pricing structure:||Free to Try, Free (Free app includes some children's stories; more individual stories (for example, "Maya in Israel," or "Floor in The Netherlands") can be added with $1.99 in-app purchases.)|
|Release date:||August 26, 2013|
|Publisher:||Round by Design|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 5.1 or later|