TopIQ Math, Reading & Writing Learning Program for Kids in Preschool, Kindergarten & 1st Grade

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Subscription math and literacy games grow with kids.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn lots of math and reading skills and get a sprinkling of other knowledge. From counting, spelling, and shapes to self-care skills such as tooth brushing and getting dressed, there's a lot here. Most games have solid learning content and address important early math and reading skills. However, a few confusing games might get in the way. Kids might feel a little frustrated with the narrow play options available to them when they start, but as they play more options will open up. TopIQ Math, Reading & Writing Learning Program for Kids in Preschool, Kindergarten & 1st Grade provides a wealth of content and individualized learning potential, but parents might want to begin with the free trial before subscribing to make sure it's right for their kid.

Ease of Play

The majority of the activities are well explained and user-friendly. One possible frustration is that parents need to download and unlock games before kids can play them. Also, game titles and information appear for only a few seconds before vanishing. Parents who want to scroll through what's available will have to keep pressing a little "i" icon over and over.

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The app is ad-free, though if kids play the limited free version, there are plenty of nudges to pay for the full subscription. Subscribers pay a monthly fee to keep kids in the game.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that TopIQ Math, Reading & Writing Learning Program for Kids in Preschool, Kindergarten & 1st Grade is a collection of (mostly) math and literacy games that increase in difficulty as kids progress through the program. Games, therefore, are specifically tailored to each kid's needs. In addition to math and literacy skills, there are a few games that address self-care (for example, brushing teeth), and one addresses career choices. It runs on a monthly subscription, which gives kids access to all available games, and parents get detailed progress reports, including weekly emails. Parents can post information about kids' progress on Facebook if they wish. Parents and kids can try out the full version with a free seven-day trial. Another option is the free version, which allows access to a limited number of games and only one kid account. The previous version of this app was entitled Agnitus Personal Learning Program, and the iPhone title is slightly different: TopIQ Kids Learning Games for Preschool & Kindergarten.

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What's it about?

In TOPIQ MATH, READING & WRITING PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN PRESCHOOL, KINDERGARTEN & 1ST GRADE, kids practice counting, tracing letters, and recognizing patterns and letters with math and literacy games. They also can explore some interactive books and well-known nursery rhymes. As kids progress, they forge their own learning paths, and the material gets more difficult, so kids are always challenged at just the right level. Parents can see very detailed progress reports, which describe what their kids are playing and point out strengths and weaknesses.    

Is it any good?

TopIQ Math, Reading & Writing Learning Program for Kids in Preschool, Kindergarten & 1st Grade has lots of well-designed games that provide great practice and opportunities for skill-building. Games are fun and kid-friendly, so kids learn through play. Because the games gradually get more complex, each kid is continuously challenged at his or her level. There's nice in-game support for kids having trouble choosing the right answer; detailed progress reports give parents valuable information about what their kids are learning, though so much detail also can end up being a bit confusing and overwhelming. There are a few games that are either poorly explained or that present information without enough context. For example, the purpose of a counting game with different types of food might be confusing to some kids. There's a ton of content here, but it may be difficult to keep up with the hefty price tag. Each family needs to consider how important this huge curriculum is for them. Parents also might want to consider the free option that has limited content but, depending on their needs, could be enough.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the learning themes that show up in the games. Do kids recognize the letters, numbers, and colors they see?

  • Help your kids keep track of progress by showing them the parent reports. Discuss what kids enjoy, where they feel they have difficulties, and more. 

  • With so many games, it's easy to lose track of time. Talk about setting screen-time limits. What are your rules?

App details

  • Devices: iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading
    Math: arithmetic, counting, measurement, shapes
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid (Free access to one game and one book per day; $3.99/month for all games and all books on one device; $6.99/month for all games and all books on all devices, plus all reporting data and more; $79.99 full access forever)
  • Subscription price: From $3.99/month to $79.99 for full access forever
  • Release date: January 3, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Book Characters, Fairy Tales, Numbers and Letters
  • Size: 297.00 MB
  • Publisher: Agnitus
  • Version: 2.4.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up

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