Parents' Guide to

Sema Run

By Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

"A" is for "Africa" in engaging letter-sound game.

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age 3+

Based on 1 parent review

age 3+

Really good my 3 y/o is still learning to coordinate her jumps. However this should not be an issue for older kids.

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Kids will be tasked with a special mission in this interactive and engaging gameplay experience that is simple enough for little ones to play on their own while they practice phonics in a playful way. Kids will feel empowered as they help Sema recover each letter scattered across the village. The opening story gives kids some context and helps them relate to Sema and the important mission. At each level, the game follows the same format, making it predictable and easy for little ones to navigate on their own. Sema Run focuses on letter sounds rather than letter names, which is developmentally appropriate for little ones beginning to understand phonics. Grounded in best practice, there's a clear emphasis on sound recognition and associating the sound with the symbol. The pace and structure of the game is super kid-friendly. There are tons of affirmations too. Sema exclaims "brilliant!" when kids correctly match a letter sound with its symbol. Also, kids will love the selfie feature, especially since they can interact with their pictures by using stickers to spruce them up. It's a fun way to take a little brain break before jumping into the next level and the next letter. However, it would be great if there were an available privacy policy that addresses how kids' selfies are used and stored. Overall, Sema Run is a fun educational journey appropriate for preschoolers learning and practicing letter sounds. Best of all, the app is completely free and there are no ads interrupting the experience.

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