Here we are again, your resident app testers! CW and I have been busy with preschool and practicing writing at home, so when Disney Learning offered to allow us to try their new Letters with Pooh app I was excited. I loaded the app and then promptly forgot about it. But the next day, CW was on the iPad and he immediately noticed the new app!
CW wasted no time – he clicked on the Pooh ABCs app right away and started navigating through the pages (without a single tap from me). He would have spent an hour on there if I hadn’t been policing his time. And, to be honest, I would have been fine with an hour spent with Winnie the Pooh. The player follows Pooh through the Hundred-Acre Wood as he searches for honey. He traces lines and circles to get Pooh to follow the bees to the hive. These circles and lines are great as precursors to writing. CW traces letters, reads along (he can choose to read himself or be read to), matches lower and upper case letters, and paints by letters.
So all of that is great, right? The teacher in me wants more, though. I want to have progress reports. I want to know what he is playing and for how long. I want to see the curriculum of each game. Wait, what’s that you say? This game HAS that? As the parent, if you go to the Settings page, you can look at your child’s progress. It tracks “Letter Tracing,” “Letter Find,” “Puzzle,” and “Letter Catch.” It shows you the average time he spent on each item, when he last played, and how many letters he’s traced.
I love it. I love that his letters are being reinforced and he’s following the highlighted words as the story is read to him. I love that I can monitor how he is doing. I love everything about the game. I highly recommend the Letters with Pooh app.
While we are talking about technology and reading, I think it is worth taking the time to mention a MATH game! Now, you know that this former English teacher is not a Math lover, but I really enjoyed the Math Safari. Check out The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That: Math Safari! Although it is not an app (it’s a computer game), it is great for teaching math and computer skills! Join the Cat in the Hat, Nick, and Sally as they match shapes, complete puzzles, follow directions, and use spatial reasoning.
The next time you have a rainy day inside and nowhere to go, download the Letters with Pooh app and play the Math Safari game. Let the games begin!
Kristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and new baby brother MD.
Kristin and CW received Letters With Pooh for purposes of review. As always, all opinions are Kristin’s and her boys’ and were not influenced by anyone.