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TABI Learning - Primary school

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

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App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try Education
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This wide-ranging curriculum packages a limited number of learning topics in an engaging format, even if the actual learning elements could use some improvement. Fun characters accompany kids on their journey through time and space using short stories and encounters with historical, scientific, and cultural topics. Navigation through the topics is straightforward; the travel log offers a nice way to guide kids through what might otherwise seem like a large-ish database of activities. Yet, despite all the pretty packaging, the nitty gritty of the learning content is a bit disappointing. Questions give no context or background, and activities aren't linked together in any way. For example, when kids get a question wrong, they see a detailed explanation of the learning content. But, it would be nice to have that before kids answer a question, or have the questions embedded in some kind of journey where kids can read about a topic and then answer questions. As is, it's hard to see kids really learning much by answering these questions, especially since kids can easily get them right by chance and then miss the opportunity to learn about the concept behind them. It would also be nice to see connections between the activities to make them feel tied together rather than totally separate units. And a variety of media like videos, audio, or other ways to engage with the material would also be a nice addition. Another small note: there's some content that may give some parents pause. For instance, the two guides are of an unidentified age, but are clearly meant to be somewhere close in age to the kids playing -- and yet they have their own smart phones and the girl wears make up. It's not a huge deal, but some parents may find that that representation doesn’t fit with their family's choices. Some parents may also not be crazy about the stars reward and marketplace model. All in all, TABI Learning - Primary School has potential but may not be right for everyone. Check out the seven-day free trial carefully before deciding whether a subscription is a good choice for your family.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : reading comprehension, text analysis, Math : arithmetic, equations, geometry, measurement, probability, Science : astronomy, electricity, physics, plants, weather, Social Studies : cultural understanding, geography, history, the economy
  • Skills: Health & Fitness : balanced diet, hygiene and self care, exercise
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (seven-day free trial, then 7.99/mo. or $64.99/year)
  • Release date: November 5, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Dinosaurs , Adventures , Brothers and Sisters
  • Publisher: TABI Labs
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 22, 2019

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