Talking Shapes App for iPad (Talking Fingers App Review)

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Talking Fingers, Inc. has developed an interactive learning program for preschool readers called Talking Shapes. Talking Shapes is a research-proven program created by neuropsychologist Dr. Jeannine Herron and funded in part by a research grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).  Using pictures as mnemonic devices, it introduces the all 40 English speech sounds (phonemes) by helping children develop a correlation between the shape and sound of the letter. Simple stories are used to introduce sounds and words.  In the program, a story about a group of letters and their correlating phonemes is read to Continue reading

Chore Planning System (Motivated Moms Review)

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Motivated Moms is a “unique and straightforward chore planning system is for moms who are trying to balance creative endeavors with their desire to have an orderly and organized environment in their homes.”  Originally the brainchild of Deann Polanco and Janet Russell, the Motivated Moms system has evolved from a printed organizational system to both an e-book, digital downloadable and printable system with multiple options and an app available for IPad/IPhone/IPod Touch.  As Motivated Moms has developed over the past nine years, the ownership has been passed on to Susan Cramer, who continues the original vision for Motivated Moms and Continue reading

Learn About the Ancient Mayan Culture with Dig-It Games (Mayan Mysteries Review)

Sometimes playing video games is educational. Especially when you play the new game Mayan Mysteries from Dig-It! Games. With this new game your child will take an educational journey back in time through a mysterious Ancient Mayan civilization. Dig-It! Games was founded in 2005 by a professional archaeologist and former middle-school teacher, Suzi Wilczynski, who sought to develop educational games which promote independent learning, creative thinking  and cultural awareness. With the help of Robert J. Sharer, an archaeologist and professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania with more than 30 years of experience, Dig-It! Games released Mayan Mysteries in Continue reading

Teach Your Child to Read with the Phonics and Reading with McGuffey App! (LiteracySoft Review)

If you are familiar with McGuffey Readers, you know that they have been a trusted name in education, teaching more than 10 million children.   The Phonics and Reading with McGuffey App from LiteracySoft brings these lessons to life in an app, teaching your child to read with 52 step-by-step lessons. Phonics and Reading With McGuffey works on your PC, Mac, and Apple devices. The Phonics and Reading with McGuffey App is carefully crafted to: • Ensure no expert phonics supervisor is needed for students to gain maximum value from the lessons • Work for any literacy level • Act Continue reading

Making History Come Alive! (Knowledge Quest Review)

History is filled with interesting events and fascinating people, and Knowledge Quest offers unique ways to help students learn about and connect with history. Sacagawea is a historical novel with a twist. It is an interactive ebook for kids ages 10 and up, with embedded links that readers can click in order to gain a deeper understanding of the life and times of one of America’s most honored women. Written and released as 4 episodes, the complete Sacagawea story is now available in this ebook, beginning with Stolen!, and followed by Passage, Survival and Equal. Read a sample chapter, then Continue reading

Mobile Education Tools

Mobile Educational Tools has offered two great apps for the Crew to review, Rainbow Sentences and StoryBuilder. Rainbow Sentences, which is for the iPad only, is designed to help students improve their ability to construct grammatically correct sentences by using color coded visual cues. The who, what, where, and why parts of sentences are color coded to help students recognize and understand how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure. StoryBuilder is an app that is specifically for the iPhone or 4th generation iTouch ( the ones with a camera). It is designed to help children accomplish the following Continue reading

Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting APP

Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting is now offering a downloadable app available through iTunes.  Several of our reviewers recently had the chance to review Letters Make Words for the iPad. This app is designed to teach handwriting with phonics.  Designed by a Handwriting Specialist and an Early Childhood Specialist, Letters Make Words proposes to help beginning writers develop good handwriting habits while learning basic phonemes.  How it works:  The first screen asks the child/teacher to choose a letter to learn or practice.  A friendly female voice instructs the child to trace the letter patterns with his/her “writing finger”.  After successfully tracing the Continue reading