According to the preschool teachers I know, one area in which preschool children come least prepared for school is social skills development. Whether it’s on the playground, at the snack table, or in the hallway, children need to learn how to handle their emotions in positive ways. A new app, called iLearn with Poko: Emotions, Feelings and Colors, is available to help kids gain confidence and develop maturity. Fun Educational Apps likes it so much that we named it a Top Pick for March.
Little Poko is already familiar to many children. He is the main character in a series of educational apps called “iLearn with Poko,” which was developed by Tribal Nova for the iPad, the iPhone, and the iPod touch. In Emotions, Feelings and Colors, Poko and his buddies, Minus the dog and Digit the cat, are shown in a series of short, animated scenes. The scenes in Level 1 start by showing basic feelings (happy, angry, sad). In Level 2, there is a wider range of emotions (excited, worried, proud, and frustrated). In Level 3, children are asked, not only to recognize feelings from different perspectives, but then to decide how they might help solve the problem. Parents are able to track their child’s progress through the different levels. This app is free to download with limited content; additional content is available through an in app purchase (IAP).
The second part of Emotions, Feelings and Colors is a digital painting activity. Again, there are three levels available, each one slightly more difficult than the previous one. Level 1 is painting with the three primary colors. In Level 2, kids mix primary colors to make new colors (orange, purple, green). In Level 3, there are lighter and darker shades to use with the primary and secondary colors. Poko has painted pictures for your child to copy using the digital paintbrush.
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The situations described in iLearn with Poko: Emotions, Feelings and Colors are familiar to parents everywhere. As children play, problems often arise and feelings get hurt. I like the way the scenes are presented, in short sentences with limited details. I also like the fact that there are only a couple of emotions from which to choose each time.
I suggest that parents use the Colors portion of the app to practice talking about the feelings that are introduced in the Emotions portion. It would be very natural to make a comment as your child is working that might sound something like this: “You’re painting a nice picture. How do you feel about it?” Hopefully, your child can respond with “Proud.” Later on, if things don’t work out as planned, you can make the following statement: “It’s hard to get all the colors to match. It’s kind of frustrating, isn’t it?”
Many children have trouble identifying their own feelings, and they certainly can’t explain them to others. By using apps that deal realistically with emotions, children begin to understand and use their new “feelings” vocabulary. iLearn with Poko: Emotions, Feelings and Colors is a fun way to practice identifying feelings. It’s a great app with a useful purpose- that makes it a Top Pick on Fun Educational Apps.
iLearn with Poko: Emotions, Feelings and Colors! is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App
Download now … it's free to try. Full content available via on-app-purchase
Julie Peterson is a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14. She believes very strongly in the need for social skills training at all educational levels, and she supports efforts to help children develop emotional maturity.
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