A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
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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.
Talk to your kids 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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, spelling
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, strategy
Self-Direction: identifying strengths and weaknesses
- Price: $.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: June 20, 2013
- Category: Education
- Size: 13.90 MB
- Publisher: ABCya.com
- Version: 1.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
For kids who love working with words
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