What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the SUPER WHY! mobile app allows kids to play four different mini-games based around reading, spelling, rhyming, and letters -- each featuring a different character from the Super WHY! TV series. Kids who are young enough to be in the show's target audience should be able to handle the games' controls with ease. Each successful game will earn players a virtual sticker that they can use in a design-a-scene bonus game.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
- reading comprehension
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will enjoy the energetic characters and vibrant illustrations, but gameplay is less imaginative. Background music can get annoying (perhaps more for grownups than kids).
Four interactive or multiple-choice games explore reading and prereading skills. TV show characters engage, and easy, familiar games may inspire confidence.
Explores a wide spectrum of reading skills for a range of abilities, with game controls young kids can handle with ease. But, offers no help for kids having trouble and little feedback.
What's it about?
Kids choose from four games. Super Why's Story Saver takes pages from fairy tales to fill in one word of three choices. If you say "Ruplestiltskin spins 'apples' into gold" instead of "straw" the picture changes to apples to show how it doesn't fit. Princess Presto's Wands Up Writing Game sounds out and traces words one letter at a time. Wonder Red's Rhyming Time Game is basic rhyming practice, and Alpha Pig's Lickety Letter Hunt keeps it even simpler: Pick the letter Alpha Pig says out of three choices to spell a word in the end.
Is it any good?
The SUPER WHY! app not only uses the friendly, familiar characters from the TV series, but it replicates the same kind of "learning adventures" that kids will recognize from the show. Whether it's Alpha Pig finding his way through a maze by choosing the correct letters of the alphabet or Super Why himself zapping the correct word into a sentence from a famous fairy tale, these will be situations that the show's fans have seen before. The app does a great job of replicating the look, feel, and educational content of the TV show.
Families can talk about...
Read, read, and read some more to kids.
Go back to those now-dusty board books on your shelf; they're great practice for budding readers.
Sound out signs on everyday errands -- the grocery store is packed with them.