iPad App Review - Alphabet of Space - Smithsonian Alphabet Books

~ Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 7:27 AM ~

A cool new learning app from Smithsonian! I think it is great to be able to review this app as I get to introduce ABCs to our 2.5 years old girl and reinforce this for our 5 years old boy who is already learning this in his preK.

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* Title: Alphabet of Space - Smithsonian Alphabet Books
* Price: $1.99
* Category: Books
* Released: June 19, 2014
* Version: 2.6.1
* Size: 51.5 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+
Made for Ages 6–8
* Requirements: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description from the product page:

"Get ready… blast off! Explore outer space with fun rhymes and colorful illustrations in this one of a kind Alphabet of Space storybook app from Smithsonian! From Astronaut to Zenith, and everything in between, there is so much for kids to learn about the universe." 

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* This app is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also touch the objects in each page on the screen and the words pop out to tell you what it is!

* There are some new words that I myself get to learn too! Now who says this app is just for kiddos?!

* This particular page reminded me of a short presentation that our 5 years old boy did when we celebrated his birthday in his preK few months ago. All his classmates sat on the floor in a big circle with a yellow printed sun in the center and our boy, holding a plastic globe ball circled the sun slowly, 5 times, each time to signify a year passed. So, 5 times, 5 years, his birthday this year. Nice!

* There are options to go to other alphabets instead of going through one by one.

* I like that there is an option to use new narrator's voice (aka me!)

* Overall an educational and fun app for the kiddos while learning about space!

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You can purchase the "Alphabet of Space - Smithsonian Alphabet Books" app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"

Pillar Of Support

~ Posted on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM ~

I received this in my email, one of the many inspirational articles I get and totally agree with it!

One of the major tasks of a mother is to give her children support. Here’s how:

  • Program your children for success. What you want them to be, tell them they are.

  • Expose your children to people you admire. If you surround your children with those you admire—youth group leaders, teachers, baby-sitters, relatives—you can provide a “stereo” version of value-training.

  • Tell, tell, tell your children what they are doing right. Lavish sincere words of praise on your children, whatever their age.

  • Teach your children to become pillars to others. Encourage them to invest praise and encouragement in the lives of their friends.

It’s not hard to be a pillar of support for our children. Like most of us, they are waiting to be encouraged.

Further reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV), Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

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iPad App Review - Little Critter Shapes

~ Posted on Friday, July 04, 2014 at 7:04 AM ~

We are a big fan of Little Critter's apps and I think it is great to be able to review this app as I get to introduce shapes to our 2.5 years old girl and reinforce this for our 5 years old boy who is already learning this in his preK.

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* Title: Little Critter Shapes
* Price: $0.99
* Category: Books
* Released: June 11, 2014
* Version: 2.6
* Size: 70 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+ Made for Ages 5 and Under
* Requirements: Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description from the product page:

"Learn your shapes with Little Critter in this interactive board book app! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Little Critter makes it fun and easy for toddlers to learn their shapes with colorful images of a shooting star, an oval train track, a crescent moon, and so much more." 

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* This app is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also touch the objects in each page on the screen and the words pop out to tell you what it is!

* There is also a page where you can find the shapes though the OCD side of me preferred to have some sort of unique animation highlighting the different shapes we found and matched correctly so that our kiddos can looked back and see their selections and results.

* There are options to go to other shapes instead of going through one by one.

* I like that there is an option to use new narrator's voice (aka me!)

* Overall an educational and fun app for the kiddos!

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You can purchase the "Little Critter Shapes" app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"