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SEMA RUN helps kids learn and practice letter sounds. The app captivates them with a special mission to recover all the letters that have been taken and scattered by the troublemaking and playful Bongolalas. Without letters, people in the village can't read or enjoy books. Sema provides clear and concise verbal directions on how to play and provides reminders along the way. Kids will see a letter and hear a letter sound. They'll then encounter a landscape full of different letters, obstacles, and special rocket boots. Sema automatically runs across the screen, and it's up to kids to tap the screen to help her jump to collect or avoid letters. Little animals and objects appear as obstacles to slow Sema down, so they'll have to help her dodge these, too. Grabbing a pair of rocket boots helps Sema speed across her path. There are 26 levels, representing specific letters, which follow a specific sequence. Completing a level unlocks the following round. Kids can revisit any of the unlocked levels at any point. At the end of each level, kids can use the app to take a selfie and decorate it with stickers. Access to the device's camera is necessary. Tapping on the thumbs-up icon saves the picture to the app's library and to the device's camera roll, allowing kids to scroll through their digital creations at any time. At the end of every third level, kids will encounter a mini-quiz where they'll have to distinguish between three different letter sounds and identify the matching letter.
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Families can talk about naming letters when playing Sema Run. The game requires that kids match the letter sound to the letter symbol. An added layer would be to ask kids to match the letter name to the letter symbol or the letter name to the letter sound.
Talk about beginning letter sounds. What sound do you hear at the beginning of the word "apple"? What sound do you hear at the beginning of the word "bat"? What letter sound do you hear at the beginning of the word "lime"? Activities like these will help little ones make connections between letter sounds and words.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition, phonics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
Self-Direction: academic development
Tech Skills: digital creation
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: February 6, 2019
- Category: Education
- Topics: Superheroes, Numbers and Letters
- Size: 264.50 MB
- Publisher: Kukua LLC
- Version: 1.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
- Last updated: July 11, 2020
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