A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
To play SMARTKIDS - LEARNING SUPERHEROES, choose the academic subjects that your child needs to practice (math, science, geography, language, programming, creativity, health, and sustainability). Select the child's age, create a parent account, and log in. When kids begin to play, they tap the icon for a specific academic subject (limited to the ones the parent has chosen) and then choose from the game options within that subject. After a game is complete, kids rate it by choosing a corresponding emoji. Kids earn points as they play and can purchase items for their avatar with those points. To choose a different game or subject area, tap the back arrow icon to go back to that screen.
Is it any good?
The games on this app will likely appeal most to kids who love arcade-style games and superheroes, but parents will like the targeted practice. In terms of efficacy, SmartKids - Learning Superheroes games have been evaluated by Yale's Play2Prevent Lab, and the math games did help kids' math performance. However, some games are a little confusing at first or just not as solid as others. For instance, some kids may struggle with the format of the algebraic thinking tower game if they haven't encountered it before, and others might wonder about the bat ray game if they don't already know about echolocation. Whether a 12-month subscription is worth $59.99 depends on whether your kid has a lot of educational subjects to practice or needs only limited practice on one subject and will go through all of those games in a month or two ($5.99/month). The good news is you can let your kid try 25 games for free to see if it's a good fit.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why parents choose between the eight subject areas on SmartKids - Learning Superheroes. Why is it important to practice academic skills that may be more challenging than others?
Watch as your kid plays some of SmartKids - Learning Superheroes games and ask them questions about what they're seeing and doing. Read Common Sense Media's How Can I Help My Kids Learn with Digital Tools?
If kids are interested in how they're progressing, show them their progress on the parent dashboard.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, vocabulary
Math: addition, algebra, counting, division, estimation, fractions, geometry, grouping, multiplication, numbers, patterns, sequences, shapes, subtraction
Science: animals, biology, ecosystems and the environment, electricity, energy, life cycle, plants
Social Studies: geography
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, problem solving, solving puzzles
Self-Direction: academic development, identifying strengths and weaknesses
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try ($5.99/month)
- Release date: August 28, 2017
- Category: Education
- Size: 71.50 MB
- Publisher: Yogome
- Version: 1.03
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
- Last updated: June 23, 2019
For kids who love building skills
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