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App Review – Kids’ Dental Health – The Wired Homeschool

Dental hygiene is important for all kids to learn, so I am always interested in finding ways to reinforce good habits. Kids’ Dental Health is a new app by TwoTea Applications available on iTunes that helps to teach children about good oral care through a fun story and mini games.

The book is a simple format that conveys proper dental hygiene habits to children with brightly colored pictures and a small story to reinforce the pictures. Children can customize their character from a variety of boys and girls with varying skin and hair colors and it currently includes one fun mini-game, with more planned in the future via free updates. My 5 year old son thoroughly enjoyed playing the game and hearing the story read to him through his iPad. His only complaint was that there wasn’t more to play, but I explained that there will be soon.

As part of their special introductory pricing, you can purchase Kids’ Dental Health for $1.99. With the updates coming soon, this app is sure to provide much fun to children along with delivering an important message.

Kids’ Dental Health
Kids' Dental Health - Alexandr Stacanov
Cost: $1.99
Category: Education
Language: English
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

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App Review – Simplex Spelling HD – The Wired Homeschool

When you think about teaching spelling to your kids do you groan at the thought of finding lists of sight words, sitting down and reading the words to them, then grading papers?  I do, so when I had the opportunity to try out Simplex Spelling HD I was encouraged at the thought of eliminating such a tedious task.

Right from the start I was impressed with the app.  The tutorial is fantastic and leads kids through the use of the application while teaching them how to spell.  There’s no doubt you’ll know how to use the app by the time you’re finished with the tutorial.

Spelling lists are broken down into 6 lists with varying degrees of difficulty.  The words from the list are spoken to the user and used in a sentence.  Letters must be dragged from the keyboard to the correct slots above (think hangman) but not in the correct order.  American, Canadian, or British English can be selected to suit the needs of the student using the app.  In addition, you can choose between lower- and uppercase letters on the qwerty or alphabetical keyboard.

The positive reinforcement and hints help the user along toward their goal of spelling each word.  My kids have asked me repeatedly to play the game.  I never thought they’d be so enthusiastic about spelling.

While this is a universal app, I’d recommend that it be used on an iPad.  Some of my kids had trouble dragging the small letters on the iPhone into the appropriate locations and would get frustrated when they couldn’t place them correctly.  Overall, though, I can confidently recommend this app.

Simplex Spelling HD
Price: $4.99 ( a lite version is also available)
Rated: 4+
Categories: Education, Reading, Spelling, Phonics, Sight Words, Vocabulary
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

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Disclaimer: I received a review copy of the software that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was/am not expected to return this item after my review. DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: http://cmp.ly/1

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