What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that they can customize the lessons in Teach Me: Toddler. Parents can choose whether to include questions on numbers, letters, shapes, or colors. Users can specify whether the app should use capital and/or lowercase letters. Parents can determine whether number questions will use digits that go up to 5, 10, or 20. And users can set different preferences for different children. Rewards are given in the form of virtual stickers, and parents can choose which of four backdrops and sticker sets the child will receive for a job well done.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
Gameplay is fun, graphics are clean and smooth, and what preschooler doesn't love stickers, virtual or otherwise?
Multiple-choice questions limit learning to rote practice. However, correct and incorrect answers are clearly identified, and the interface is easily accessible for young kids.
Incorrect answers get a red x and kids are told, for example, "That is the oval. Find the circle." Teachers or parents can adjust difficulty level and track up to 40 kids.
What's it about?
Kids tap the green "Play" arrow and immediately go to a multiple choice question. A correct answer gives them a green check mark, and they move on to the next question. An incorrect answer is explained clearly: "That is an oval. Find the circle." A correct answer is also clearly repeated along with a "right on" or "nice job." A counting question asks kids to identify how many objects they see. As kids tap on each object numbers appear so they can't count the same thing twice (like most toddlers do).
Is it any good?
TEACH ME: TODDLER doesn't offer as many features as its counterpart, Teach Me: Kindergarten, but with its younger intended audience, that feels right. The app drills kids on the most basic of concepts and rewards them nicely with virtual stickers -- and what preschooler doesn't love stickers? The interface is simple, the graphics clean and smooth. For 3- and 4-year-olds eager to learn who like drill-based lessons, this app is right on target.
Families can talk about...
Point out shapes and colors when you see them -- the red octagon stop sign is an easy one.
Explore the many great alphabet books out there so kids learn lots of words that start with each letter.