SUPER WHY ABC Adventures: Alphabet

 

Learning(i)

Nice collection of short mini-games with good feedback.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The interface is intuitive, and the characters give clear verbal instructions for each game.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The app is tied to the TV show SUPER WHY!, for which there is some limited merchandise, including a partnership with Post Alpha Bits cereal.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that SUPER WHY ABC Adventures: Alphabet is very similar to the original SUPER WHY! app. The main difference here is that the activities center solely on the alphabet: capital and lowercase letters, letter sounds, and letter writing. Each character leads a cute mini-game; kids earn a sticker to play with in the sticker activity when they finish a game. A couple of new additions are some ABC sing-along videos and a progress tracker for parents to see which letters their kids worked on. An iPad-only version is also available for a dollar more.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will appreciate the likeable characters and the variety of fun activities. They'll stay engaged as they collect stickers to use in various settings from their Map of the World.

Learning Approach

Letter names and sounds are reinforced in a variety of ways. Kids also practice writing, exploring objects that start with certain letters, and using letters to make words. Unfortunately, games don't adapt as kids progress.

Support

Play is easy and self-explanatory. Kids get helpful hints when they choose the wrong answer, and they can see progress as their sticker collection grows. Aside from the progress tracker, there aren't extensions or parent tips.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Kids can learn to recognize letters, the sounds they make, and how to write them. In each activity, kids can choose to work with capital or lowercase letters, or both, when appropriate. Although you cannot select target letters to work on, the variety of games targeting the same or similar skills helps keep things fresh. The app also offers a few ABC sing-along videos where kids can just sit back, watch, and sing, adding a nice mix of media. SUPER WHY ABC Adventures: Alphabet is a good collection of short, general alphabet activities.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

What's it about?

In SUPER WHY ABC Adventures: Alphabet, kids first choose one of their favorite Super Reader characters to do an activity with. For example, they can choose "Alpha Pig's Lickety Letter Safari," where they would identify letters in the jungle, take a picture of the letter, and see the letter turn into corresponding wildlife. All the while, Alpha Pig is labeling both the letter and letter sound. At the end of the round, kids earn a sticker to use on the Map of the World sticker activity.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

SUPER WHY ABC ADVENTURES: ALPHABET is a nice educational game that incorporates quick mini-activities that can be played each on their own or as a series. In this way, the app really can be played anytime, anywhere -- such as during a short drive somewhere or at home for a longer session. The games themselves are fun and include clear instructions and good feedback.

The progress tracker is a nice touch for parents to see which letters their kids need to work on. However, parents cannot select specific letters to be shown in any of the games. For fans of the TV show, this is a great way to get more interactive with the characters and extend the learning.

Families can talk about...

  • Check the progress tracker if your kids need extra help with any specific letters.

  • After kids have learned a letter and its sound, incorporate them into everyday activities. For example, after they've learned B, devote a day to recognizing the letter and the sound in words like breakfast, bath, and bubbles.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:August 23, 2012
Category:Education
Topics:Superheroes
Size:150.00 MB
Publisher:PBS KIDS
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent Written byAnitaT July 17, 2013
age 5+
 

Looks more than it is.

Kid, 8 years old May 7, 2013
age 2+
 

i say for toddlers

when i was 2 years old i loved it.

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