What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Word Bingo is a sight-word-recognition and spelling-game app for kids in kindergarten through third grade. Kids practice sight words as they play a bingo-style word game, a spelling practice game, and two other mini-games. Many of the words are chosen from the Dolch Word List of most commonly used sight words. Up to five players (and unlimited guests) can play on one app. The app compiles a scorecard for each registered player, and scorecards are listed by level so kids can view their improvements.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- identifying strengths and weaknesses
Engagement, Approach, Support
From the beginning (when kids immediately personalize the game by creating an avatar) to the end (where they can view a progress report), kids are engaged. The cute bugs don't hurt, either.
More than 300 words give kids a chance to learn key sight words they'll need for fluent reading. Learning may not be deep, but it covers an important skill.
Lots of data provided, including a thorough report card where kids can track their progress, as well as a scoreboard for kids to compare their scores.
What's it about?
First, tap on How to Play to read WORD BINGO's instructions. Return to the main screen and tap Play. Choose a New Player tab to create a profile, then select a difficulty level, all nouns, or all words. Choose one of two main games (Word Bingo or Spelling Practice). For Bingo, a board with words appears. Listen to the word spoken and tap on it. When a row of four words is full, players earn a Bingo Bug. Other mini-games are accessible after kids drill into the app from the main menu.
Is it any good?
Word Bingo can be a fun way for kids to practice recognizing and spelling sight words. The adorable little "bingo bugs" that kids earn after they play the games are a fun reward, and kids may get some motivation when they view their results page to keep working toward the next level. Most instructions are given verbally, which is good for younger kids. It can be tricky for kids to navigate, as not all games are presented on the main screen and, at different points of play, the app won't let you leave a game by pressing the usual X tab. Although it may not be perfectly organized for the smoothest user experience, Word Bingo is still a fun way for kids to practice sight words.
Families can talk about...
After a few sessions with this app, ask your kid: Have you noticed any of the words from the games on this app in books you're reading or in your environment?
View your kids' results page and identify the words they may need some extra practice with. Post them on the refrigerator or the bathroom mirror.