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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Todo Telling Time immerses kids in the world of time, teaching them to read time on both analog and digital clocks, reviewing the days of the week, months of the year, and calendar format through six fun mini-games. This app is great for kids have difficulty with abstract concepts like time and direction. Time is even reinforced in the reports at the end of each game, which tell just how much time the game took to complete. In Spanish, todo means all, and Todo Telling Time is a well-rounded, kid-friendly learning game that's all about telling time.
What's it about?
In TODO TELLING TIME, kids play six mini-games related to time, each with multiple difficulty levels. Every aspect of Todo Telling Time puts time right in front of kids, from the start screen with the day's calendar page and current time on digital and analog clocks to the time report after each completed game. In the Days of the Week mini-game, kids order the days of the week, the months of the year, and the dates on a calendar. Ferris Wheel uses the circle of the ride as the face of a clock, and kids put numbered seats in the correct positions, starting with numbers one through 12 and moving up five levels to minutes one through 59. In the Schedule game, kids turn the hands on the clock to the specified time of day for an assigned activity; for example, at 8 a.m., "It's time for the school bus!" The challenge advances to asking kids to set the clock to more abstract times, like two hours past 12:00. Kids work with digital clocks in Train Time, interpret clocks and answer quiz questions in Time Quiz, and combine memory skills with numbers on the face of a clock in Memory. Tapping the triangle at the bottom right of the screen pulls up a grid of all the games and levels, making it easy to go directly to the appropriate challenge. Kids (or parents) can even view a calendar showing a summary of their play for each day.
Is it any good?
The developers of Todo Telling Time have taken special care to create a safe, inclusive, and fun learning tool. Repeated exposure to numbers in a circle, as they are on a clock, gives kids a comfort level and confidence with analog clock time in a digital world. Preschoolers can master some of the levels, yet the challenge increases in difficulty enough to reach second and third graders. The quizzes challenge kids to think critically, but some of the times are a bit exaggerated. (Young kids wouldn't spend an hour on homework or in the bathtub, as some questions indicate.) Todo Telling Time, all in all, is a highly effective tool for teaching kids the concepts of time.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Math: addition, counting, numbers, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization, thinking critically
- Price: $3.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: October 24, 2013
- Category: Education
- Topics: Trains
- Size: 49.00 MB
- Publisher: Locomotive Labs
- Version: 1.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1 or later
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