Wee Alphas

Common Sense Media says

Whimsical ABC app enraptures with hidden letters, animation.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to play. Just tap on the animals or other objects to activate the animations. Practicing letters is as easy as tracing the shaded letter on the screen with a finger.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

A link on the settings page takes you to the iTunes store, where you can find songs from the musician whose music is featured on this app, as well as an option to view "More Wee Stuff" -- products related to the app such as personalized prints.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Wee Alphas is a beautifully designed, unique alphabet app for preschoolers. Kids find hidden letters within beautiful animal drawings and cute animations on each letter's page, while a narrator tells a short, one-sentence silly story about the animal. Each letter matches with an animal of the same letter and name, such as Finnegan the Fox or Don the Dino. Kids can also practice tracing letters on an in-app sketchpad. The app also gives tips for parents to help teach the alphabet to their kids in everyday life.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • naming
  • storytelling
  • vocabulary

Science

  • animals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

From the beautiful illustrations and interesting selections of animals and their activities to the whimsical animations, kids and parents will be both surprised and engaged by Wee Alphas.

Learning Approach

The interactive book uses rhyming, creative letter/animal combination visuals, friendly voice narration, interactivity, and the promise that kids get to draw their own "special letter" to keep kids' attention.

Support

Tips for parents to help teach the alphabet to their kids via everyday life extends learning beyond the app.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • naming
  • storytelling
  • vocabulary

Science

  • animals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Kids can learn capital and lowercase letters, as well as words associated with each letter. Kids are also introduced to some unique and complex vocabulary in some mini-stories (a cappella and film critiques, for example) that may help spark some interesting questions and conversations between parents and kids. Phonics and common letter sounds are not the focus here, and some of the words chosen to represent certain letters (Jose the jellyfish) may confuse kids new to the concept of letter sounds. For letter recognition, storytelling, vocabulary, and animal names, Wee Alphas provides kids with an alphabet full of fun.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Kids tap “Let's Go” to hear a poem about the alphabet, then they tap the arrow to move to Alex the Angelfish's page. A narrator says: "Alex the angelfish always sings a cappella." Next, touch Alex to see the hidden "A" and tap the bubbles to see them change. Move onto the other letters to hear more unique stories ("Finnegan the Fox writes flippant film critiques"), find more letters, and discover fun animations. Kids can pick a "special letter" and trace it. The app has lots to see and do, as well as parent tips to extend learning.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The coolest thing about WEE ALPHAS is that it takes the approach that just because kids need to learn the basics like ABCs doesn't mean they have to be bored. In fact, this app is quirky enough to entertain the parents playing the app with the kids. From the beautiful illustrations and the interesting selections of animals and their activities ("Ingrid the Impala is deep sea diving") to the quirky animations (tap Violet the Vulture's hair and she changes from ponytail to braids to beehive and more), kids and parents are surprised and engaged. Wee Alphas is a standout example of a fun, quality preschool education app.

Families can talk about...

  • After playing on this app, encourage your kids to draw their favorite animals and help them write the matching letters and one-sentence stories about them, too.

  • Each time your kid plays this app, choose a different extension question or activity to approach learning in a new way.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:September 5, 2012
Category:Books
Size:74.50 MB
Publisher:Wee Society LLC
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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LEARNING

Beautiful and fun, but a little limited.

This is a beautifully designed app for learning basic alpha shapes and associations, done in a really fun & whimsical way. My daughter really enjoys going through these flash cards and finding the hidden alpha shapes in the animals. On the down side, it does have a short shelf life if your child is already comfortable with alpha shapes.

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