Welcome to a very special edition of the app report. As we all know, one of the largest Atlantic hurricanes on record recently devastated parts of the United States and the Caribbean. While recovery efforts are underway, thousands upon thousands of people still need our help.
Several app developers from around the world have agreed to donate ALL of their proceeds from the sales of the apps listed below on November 8th and 9th to the hurricane relief efforts.
Thanks to all of the developers and to all of you for your support.
– Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes
“Educators and parents know that constant practice is the best way for kids to absorb new skills. But it’s hard to get kids to practice when practice is boring. Our apps allow kids to learn through fun games rather than repetitive drills.”
|4th Grade Science Reading Comprehension: This reading comprehension app has twenty stories about science. You can also create and add your own stories to the app. Each story has about 500 words. Each story introduces new vocabulary and concepts, and is followed by a set of exercises that measure the student’s comprehension. The exercises include multiple choice questions, true/false questions and matching exercises that ask the student to match words or concepts with their definition. iPad: $2.99|
“Our apps are specially made for kids. Designed with lots of love, illustrated by the children’s book artist Pe Grigo and developed by teachers.”
|My First App Vehicles: Three great games feature lots of vehicles (police car, truck, horse carriage, loader… ) in awesome pictures. Do puzzles, play matching games, and guide the marble. No language skills are required. Navigate the app by selecting symbols – even preschool children can play without help. U.S. sales for iPhone and iPad all week: $1.99|
|Professor Kim – What’s missing here?: This game is great fun for two kids to play together or for parents and kids! Be quick to spot the missing creature! Best for kids from 4 to 8 and their parents! This game is a Kim’s Game and helps to develop memory and observation skills! U.S. sales for iPad all week: $2.99|
“Developing kids apps based on the best educational research available.”
|Kids Pattern Recognition – Beginner (Preschool and Kindergarten): This is a kid’s math game. Complete the pattern recognition puzzles to work through the levels to free the good monster aliens that were kidnapped by the bad monster aliens. iPhone and iPad: $1.99, Google Play: $1.76, Nook: $1.79, Amazon: $1.79|
|Learn To Read: An interactive ebook for children who are learning to sound out words. This kid’s app prompts the reader to touch the correct word on a screen of similar sounding words. The large type allows young readers to move their fingers along the words while they sound it out, while the alliterative and rhyming verse promote phonemic awareness. Google Play: $1.80, Amazon: $1.59, Nook: $1.79|
Golden Communications LLC
“Our mission is to create educational apps that matter. We see the iPad as a unique format for providing differentiated learning opportunities to students with a range of needs, strengths and learning styles.”
|Enchanted Dictionary 4-6th Grade by Company: Enchanted Dictionary 4-6th helps students learn core vocabulary for Science, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, and Math. Simply select the words you wish to practice, and press “Play.” The words of the definition fly in, but float out of order until you flick them correctly into place. Correct choices stick, but incorrect choices bounce back. You can choose from over 650 definitions, or enter your own custom definitions. iPad sales all week: $1.99|
|Enchanted Dictionary 7-12th Grade: Enchanted Dictionary 7th-12th Grade gives you a new way to learn core vocabulary for Science, Social Studies, Math and English/Language Arts. Designed by a Speech/Language Pathologist, Enchanted Dictionary helps you focus on the wording of definitions while you flick the words in order. iPad sales all week: $1.99|
Esther Naalden, writer/illustratror and mother of 2 young children, founded Heppi in 2002. With Heppi she can fulfill her passion to create unique products, while using the motto “less is more” and bright colors.
|Bo’s Bedtime Story: Winner of the Dutch Media Toddler Award 2012 for the Best App! With “Bo’s Bedtime Story” your child has the opportunity to help Bo the Giraffe clean up his toys, get undressed before taking a bath, wash his hair, dry off, brush his teeth, put on his pajamas, cuddle his bear, read his bedtime story and have his goodnight kisses before he drifts off to sleep. Bo will help encourage and teach your child good bedtime habits in a fun and interactive way! iPhone and iPad: $1.99, Google Play: $1.06, Amazon: $0.99|
|Bo’s Dinnertime: With “Bo’s Dinnertime” your child has the opportunity to help Bo the Giraffe with all steps surrounding dinnertime like, buying groceries, putting these in the cupboard, cooking, putting the tablecloth on the table, putting the plate, knife, fork and spoon on the table, serving the food, eating the food, serving dessert, cleaning the table and washing the dishes. Bo will help encourage and teach your child good dinnertime habits in a fun and interactive way! iPhone and iPad: $1.99, Google Play: $1.06, Amazon: $0.99|
|Bo’s Jigsaw Puzzles: Bo’s Jigsaw Puzzles offers children jigsaw puzzles of 4, 9 or 16 pieces with pictures of Bo the Giraffe and his friends or the dolls Lulu and Tommy. Children can choose with 4 buttons to change the amount of pieces, to play the same puzzel again, to choose a different puzzle picture or to go to the start screen and when success is there the popping of the ballon is the finishing touch! iPhone and iPad: $0.99, Google Play: Free|
Holt Smith Kids
Holt Smith Ltd are parents that strive to create school readiness apps that are fun, educational, and inspiring.
|Pre-K ABC: The PRE-K ABC HD parent developed school readiness app is a compelling alphabet primer that helps children scaffold the concept of letters and spelling by tracing dashed letters overlaid with the unique Pre-K ABC color-coded starting dots and directional arrows, spelling simple words through photo and color association, and viewing phonic aided photo-realistic flashcards, all with a narration that children can connect with. With the addition of a capacitive stylus children can practice their alligator grip with ease. iPad: $1.99, iPhone: $1.99|
|Pre-K 123: The PRE-K 123 HD parent developed school readiness app is a compelling numbers primer that helps children scaffold the concept of numbers, counting, and addition by tracing dashed numbers overlaid with the unique Pre-K 123 color-coded starting dots and directional arrows, simple addition with photo association, and photo-realistic flashcards with phonics that children can connect with. iPad: $1.99, iPhone: $1.99|
|Tot Yoga: Animated animals, trees, and the sun teach your child how to do 13 yoga poses. Beautiful child narration, upbeat background music, and immersive environmental sound effects, children are encouraged to move, growl, bounce and rest. Children are given the chance to be in charge, something they love. Let them show you their new moves and join in anytime anywhere. iPad: $1.99, iPhone: $1.99|
|Pre-K SPELL: Pre-K SPELL HD is a stand alone app featuring the popular component from Pre-K ABC. The PRE-K SPELL HD parent developed school readiness app is a compelling spelling primer that helps children scaffold the concept of letters and spelling by spelling simple words through photo and color association aided by a narration that children can connect with. iPad: $0.99, iPhone: $0.99|
|Pre-K RHYME: The PRE-K RHYME HD parent developed school readiness app is a compelling rhyming primer that helps children scaffold the concept of letters, word structure, and rhyming by tracing different dashed letters overlaid with the unique Holt Smith color-coded starting dots and directional arrows onto like endings to construct simple words, matching through photo and color association, and viewing phonic aided photo-realistic flashcards all with a narration that children can connect with. iPad: $1.99|
|Pre-K PAPER HD-Teachers Edition: The PRE-K PAPER HD parent developed school readiness app is a compelling Teaching Aid that is limited only by the student (and teachers) imagination. Whether using a white board, lined paper, or the colored backgrounds Students are able follow assignments such as printing, art, and a primer that helps children scaffold the concept of letters and numbers by tracing dashed letters and numbers overlaid with the unique Holt Smith color-coded starting dots and directional arrows. With the use of the iPad airplay function Pre-K Paper can be projected onto a large screen for use as a whiteboard in classrooms of all levels. iPad: $0.99|
Melissa Northway is an author, speaker and consultant who has published two book apps through PicPocket Books. She can be found at melissanorthway.com, and on Twitter or through Penelope the Purple Pirate’s Facebook page.
|Gerry the Giraffe: Gerry the Giraffe wants to join the volleyball team but they think he’s too small and not strong enough. Upset because he isn’t invited to summer volleyball camp, he finally realizes what he has to do. Over the summer, while the team is away, something amazing happens from Gerry’s hard work. iPad: $2.99, iPhone: $1.99|
|Penelope The Purple Pirate: Adventurous children whose imaginations know no bounds will find a kindred spirit in Penelope. Come along on her journey as her bedroom opens up into world of pirates, the open sea, buried treasure and trusted friends. Discussion questions, ideas for additional interaction for the pre-school classroom and home, and fun facts about the sea creatures in the story are included in the app. iPad: $2.99, iPhone: $1.99|
Makers of musical apps for young kids.
|Jellybean Tunes: Jellybean Tunes is a fun, creative, and colourful introduction to music. By interacting directly with notes on the musical staff, kids can unlock their inner Mozart and unleash their creativity through play, animated lessons, and composing their own songs. iPad: $2.99|
|Jellybean Tunes Holiday Edition: Colorful characters and charming hand drawn images invite children to take their first steps towards learning to read music in a fun and engaging environment. iPhone and iPad: $1.99|
|Playtunes Piano: Play songs along with the bouncing starfish, find all of the hidden sounds, and make your own music, both silly and sublime on this bright colorful piano for young children. iPhone and iPad: $0.99|
|Christmas Kid’s Piano: Play Christmas carols, listen to beautiful music, or make your own musical collage of melody and sound with three magical holiday themes. iPhone and iPad: $0.99|
|World Flags, Geography and Anthems: One of the most colorful ways to learn about the world! Learn flags, learn geography, hear full anthems and see images of our amazing planet through exploration and three different games with this elegant and beautiful app. iPad: $0.99|
|Jellybean Jigsaws A to Z: Fun, colorful puzzles engage and delight young children while reinforcing the alphabet with spoken words and letter sounds. Includes over 70 words and images, plus it’s easy to turn your photos into instant puzzles. iPhone and iPad: $1.99|