Curriculum App Reviews - Pre-School
Title: Alien Buddies
Publisher: ArtGig
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $.99
Review:  Alien Buddies is a highly engaging app that teaches children matching skills in many different areas including shapes, colors, numbers, sizes etc.  Little aliens help along the way.  This is a game designed for younger children.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Animal Sounds
Publisher: Zell Enterprises
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review:  Explore a variety of animal calls with this Soundboard. 30 animal calls are included; for each you can listen.  It contains pictures to go along with each sound; high-quality sound.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Animal Sounds Quiz
Publisher:  ToddlerApps
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Lite version free, Full version $.99
Review:  This application is great for young children learning animal sounds.  In this app, you listen to the sound and select the animal's picture that goes with the sound.  There are many animals included with this interactive game.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title:
Beginning Sounds Interactive Game
Publisher: Lakeshore Learning Materials
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  Beginning sounds is a fun little game in which students match beginning sounds to the pictures.  Kids will love the interactive activities.  Free until December 31, 2011.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Concentration for Kids
Publisher: Jigawatt Labs
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review:  Kids will love testing their memory skills with this classic game of concentration! Packed with three different themes and ten different levels, this app lets you choose from well-known animals, sea creatures and letters for plenty of matching fun.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Droid Spell
Publisher: VG Web Solutions
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Lite version free, Full version $2.99
Review:   This is an educational, interactive spelling game that teaches the importance of letter and word recognition.  It includes human voice, images, over 130 words, and allows you to change difficulty.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  Kids ABC Letters
Publisher:  intellijoy
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Lite version free, Full version $3.99
Review:  Looking for a great way to get your students to learn the names of the letters then this app could be for you.  There are four games included within the app that cover naming letters, forming letters, recognizing letters, and identifying letters in context.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  Kids ABC Phonics
Publisher:  intellijoy
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Lite version free, Full version $3.99
Review:  This app is great for getting your young students to learn the alphabet letter sounds.  Four activities included with this application are learning letter sounds, building letter blocks, popping letter bubbles, and making words.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  Kids Connect the Dots
Publisher:  intellijoy
Available For:  iPhone, iPad, iTouch, Android
Cost:  Lite version free, Full version $2.99
Review:  This is a dot-to-dot game for pre-schoolers that really teaches children to recognize and pronounce numbers and letters of the alphabet.  Connect all of the dots and reveal a picture of 50+ images.  Free-version contains less than this.  Really keeps children engaged!
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools



Title:  Kids Numbers and Math
Publisher:  intellijoy
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Lite version free, Full version $2.99
Review:  This math application is great for students to work on basic math problems.  The numbers can be spoken outloud.  This app will allow students to better compare, name, match, add and subtract numbers.  Great for review time!
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: LAZ Leveled Libraries
Publisher:  Language Technologies
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $6.99
Review:   The LAZ Leveled Libraries are a wonderful set of leveled readers ranging from level AA to R so far.  Each leveled library has around 8 or more different books.  I use these books with my students daily to practice reading on their ability level.  Kids love the engaging stories and I love the stories because there are questions at the end of each story for the students to answer.  I highly recommend these stories and these apps for your classroom.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Little Patterns
Publisher:  Innovative Investments
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $.99 Each
Review:    Little Patterns is a series of apps that allows children to learn and practice patterns in a colorful and engaging manner.  Your students will love trying to figure out which "item" comes next in the pattern.  The various apps in this series cover letters, shapes, animals, numbers, colors and range in difficulty from very young to older children.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Monkey Preschool Lunchbox
Publisher:  THUP Games
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $.99
Review:    This app was shared with me by the kindergarten teacher in my school.  She uses it all the time.  Her kids really love it.  I also downloaded it for my niece.  She also loves it.  This wonderful and engaging app teaches children about colors, letters, counting, shapes, sizes, matching and differences in six awesome games.  The goal is to pack the monkey's lunchbox while learning.  Your young children will be hooked on this game.  It is the #1 game for preschoolers in the app store for a reason.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools
 
Title: Motion Math Zoom
Publisher: Motion Math Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  This app teaches younger children about place value through the use of number lines.  The free app has 6 levels of difficulty, and starts with basic numbers and moves into negative numbers and decimals.  The free app includes 6 levels; the upgrade purchase will extend the levels to 24.  The app uses graphics and animation, as well as high scores, stats, and Game Center integration. 
Submitted By:  Robin Weaver, Willoughby-Eastlake Schools
 

Title: Preschool Magic of Learning
Publisher: Knowledge Adventure, Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android
Cost:  Android version $1.99, iDevice version $2.99
Review: This application contains games to help young children with shapes, colors, number recognition, and counting.   
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Puppet Pals
Publisher: Polished Play
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  Puppet Pals allows you to create your own unique puppet show that is made into a video.  The video is saved in the app and can be exported to share with others.  There is an in-app purchase that is well worth the money.  For $2.99 you get additional characters and backdrops to use in your puppet shows.  In addition to that, you have the ability to use your own photos as characters, props, and backdrops.  Imagine what your students could create! They'll love this app!
Submitted By:  Deb Tschirhart, SOITA


Title: The Numberlys
Publisher: Moonbot Studios
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $5.99
Review:   I have been waiting for this app for a long time.  The Numberlys is the next "book" by Moonbot Studios.  This company made the book The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.  Wow.  The Numberlys is visually amazing and the story is wonderful.  Your students will love it.  The interactive pieces make the story even more engaging than it already is.  This "book" is well worth the price and should be on the iDevice of every teacher.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools