With space for up to forty different students, it is possible to track the performance of an entire class across all of the skill areas. This makes it suitable for public school, private school, home school, and home use. Parental controls have also been added that prevent children from accessing or deleting student accounts. Each student account can be customized to include only the skills that are needed.
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I have seen countless readiness apps in the App Store. Unfortunately, many of them are not educationally sound; that is, they present skills in ways that are not in keeping with current educational research. For example, some apps claim to teach phonics, but they really only cover letter names, not letter sounds. Other apps want you to believe they teach mathematical concepts, when all they do is teach the names of the numbers. My biggest concern, however, is with apps that teach phonics incorrectly. These apps do not teach the correct sound for the letters; this is especially troubling with short vowel sounds. Many K/1 teachers report having to start over to unteach the bad habits children have developed. That’s what makes TeachMe: Toddler so exceptional. I am a stickler when it comes to teaching sounds, and I can recommend this app without hesitation.
Teach Me: Toddler is one of the resources I gave the parent who was concerned about her son’s kindergarten readiness. I’m confident that if he uses it, he will be getting the training that will make him successful in kindergarten and beyond. I also encouraged her to enrich her son’s learning with good quality books and stories, to teach him appropriate social skills, and to show him how to play, have fun, and be curious about the world. That’s what kindergarten is all about. TeachMe: Toddler gives parents a solid, well-constructed readiness app at a bargain price. That’s why Fun Educational Apps recommends it as a Top Pick.
Teach Me: Toddler is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App - RRP $0.99
Julie Peterson - I am a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14. By the end of this month, I'll have screened more than fifty children to determine their readiness for kindergarten. I love this part of my job, and I do my best to help them do their best.
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Disclosure: This review was move up the waiting list priority-services. All opinions expressed are purely that of the author.