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What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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.
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Science: animals
Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming, storytelling, vocabulary
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships
- 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
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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