SUPER WHY ABC Adventures: Alphabet
What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.