Kumon Uppercase ABCs: iPhone App Written Review
One of the coolest things about iOS is its incredible potential to enrich our live—often from the ground up! A good example of this is in the realm of educational apps for small children. These kinds of applications allow us, as parents and teachers, to help our loved ones grow, all while using modern technology. Kumon Uppercase ABCs, by Kumon Publishing, is a brilliant example of this concept, sharing an innovative three-step learning process built across two unique games. All in all, it’s a budget and effective way to teach your small children their ABCs using the device they love: Your iPad.
Concept and Functionality
Kumon Uppercase ABCs has one goal in mind, and its code has been written from the ground up to hammer down this concept: The app wants to teach your children the ABCs, and in such a way that both their form and sound come intuitively. The first way in which Kumon Uppercase ABCs does this is through a three-step drawing game. This game presents the child with a letter (the order of which can be specified in the settings drawer) and shows them how to draw it. The child then traces the form with their finger, once with the guides, again with the guides, and then without them at all. By having the child repeat the process several times, the structure of the letter is ingrained within their memory, as is the proper way to draw it. All along, a pleasantly voiced narrator says the sound the letter makes, driving phonetics in, as well.
The other game concepts emphasizes these sounds more, showing the student a set of three letters. The narrator then pronounces a sound, and the corresponding letter must be tapped. If an incorrect choice is made, the sound is repeated again, further solidifying recognition of the sound until the child “gets it.”
Design and Layout
All in all, we couldn’t be more pleased with the app’s arrangement. We greatly appreciated the option to rearrange the letters how we wanted, either basing it on a random, alphabetized, or Kumon specific list. We also appreciated how great the app looks on our iPad. The tracing animations are perfect, as are the illustrations produced after each letter: If the letter D is drawn, for example, a dog is shown after the letter’s completion. All in all. Kumon Uppercase ABCs is a solidly gorgeous way to teach the ABCs, and the app makes excellent use of the iPad’s large screen real estate to get the job done.
Clocking in at almost four dollars in the App Store, Kumon Uppercase ABCs is also quite the bargain when compared to traditional children’s literature. For half the cost of a comparable print book, your children can enjoy all the animations and sounds of this high-quality iPad learning system. At the end of the day, Kumon Uppercase ABCs is an incredible bargain, and the perfect way to educate and entertain at the same time.
Kumon Uppercase ABCs requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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