If... was released at the end of February and has already zoomed to the very top of the iTunes free educational apps chart. This app has children consider their emotions by role-playing in a number of social situations with a number of unique, fantasy-game type characters and situations. The characters even address the players, encouraging them to calm down and consider their responses.
If... is receiving coverage outside of app-world and some are already calling it one of the best apps of 2014!
Purpose of App: To increase basic vocabulary and sign language skills by listening to Maxi's requests and fulfilling them by feeding her.
Purpose of App: Dollar Up — Money Learning Aid for Special Needs Education teaches users the life skills needed to handle paying with cash. It teaches them to be able to identify how much money they have, to listen and determine how much money to pay, to compare prices, as well as other money skills needed in life.
Strengths: Works in incremental steps from identifying the correct currency, to making payments, to comparing prices. Can customize currencies.
Weaknesses: Needs more instructions specific to each lesson for the users. Menus only have pictures, no word labels.
Suggested Audience: Users with special needs looking for help using money. Useful for all ages, but wonderful for older children striving toward more independence in making cash purchases.
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I am sitting in my living room looking out the window at the sunshine, dreaming of going away on vacation. It's such a pleasant dream, until the reality of taking trips with three children sets in. Last summer, we packed up all the kids in the mini-van and drove 15 hours through the night to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Thank goodness the resulting vacation was incredible, because the trip down left much to be desired.
Vacations should be a pleasurable activity, full of memories and happy activities. We planned a lot to make our trip as easy as possible, but even the best laid plans sometimes encounter traffic jams that wake up sleeping toddlers causing non-stop screaming! However, I do think that having a bag of tricks and lots of easy "go-to activities" for traveling is a great idea. Turns out, our fans had a lot to share on our Facebook page as well.
Bottom Line: An interactive app to learn twelve opposite pairs in six different languages. Uses creative interactions, including shaking the device and “waking up” the characters with the microphone. More opposite pairs and more variety in the current pairs would make it a Top Pick, but it’s still a solid app for toddlers and preschoolers to learn opposites.