May 24, 2011

Vic Mahfood

i Learn With Poko: Seasons and Weather!

Developer Quote: "This Science preschool educational app lets kids 3 to 7 years old learn a lot about seasons...Teaches like a good book, plays like a fun game! "

- COST: $1.99    - APP STORE STARS: 4-1/2
- Categories: Books, Education, Elementary School, Entertainment, Games, Native, Preschool, Science

Summer is approaching and school is drawing to a close for a while. But parents, did you realize you are the most influential educator in your young child's life? You bring them books from the library, educational toys and teach them all about life every day without realizing it. Take time now then to stock up on educational material to keep those young minds busy for vacation and the next few years! In addition to arts, crafts and reading, teach the little ones all about the very beginning of Science, starting with nature.

Seasons and weather are beginning Science topics taught to young children in the classroom often using cardboard figures, paper clothing and seasonal items. As a former teacher, I used to have the kids look out the window, decide on the daily weather forecast, and then dress teddy in the appropriate clothes. They would also decorate the background with clouds, sun, rain, etc. Why not start your child off right now learning these same things comfortably in their own home, in the car, or at the store using i Learn With Poko: Seasons and Weather! on your iPhone? I promise the amount of information loaded in this app far supersedes the paper cutouts that I formerly used! Plus the convenience of all this entertainment on your iPhone is second to none!

This educational yet entertaining app for children aged 3 to 7 years old teaches about seasons and the type of weather to expect in each, how to dress accordingly, and what activities can be enjoyed seasonally. (Incidentally, this app is brought to you by the developers of the excellent PBS KIDS PLAY! and CBC Wonderworld online learning programs). i Learn With Poko: Seasons and Weather! is a colorful, cheery, and encouraging way to learn while truly engaging your child's attention. Besides, think about how much better you learn with audio visual cues and scenarios, than trying to memorize items in a sentence!

Some of the enlightening features of this children's educational Science iPhone app are as follows:

- Teaches facts children should know about seasons and weather, along with clothes and activities adapted for each.

- Designed with child developmental psychologists and educators. Meets National Standards for Science teaching in Pre-K and Kindergarten.

- 3 levels of difficulty, increasing in complexity, and adapted to your child's progress per level.

- Preschooler friendly with audio clues and instructions. Reading skills are not necessary.

When you open the app, you will see 3 levels included which cover different topics. In Level 1 - Weather Conditions are discussed. In Level 2 - What to Wear for each situation is covered, and in Level 3 - Days of the week and suitable Activities are taught. Poko and Beebee are the little boy and girl who will lead your child easily through the functions of the app, along with some adorable pets and child-rendered scenery in muted colors. The familiar, child-like images instantly put your little one at ease, and are easy on the eyes. Let's take a look at how learning becomes a game in i Learn With Poko: Seasons and Weather!

First of all, help Beebee locate for her photo album the pictures that denote specific weather conditions in Level 1. Identify rain, clouds, snow and other such conditions. After that, in Level 2, try to assist Beebee and Poko to find the clothing and objects that do not match the weather of a particular day. In the final learning segment, Level 3, figure out all the things Poko has done recently based on the month and weather during that day. Match the pictures together to complete each day. These are just a few of the age-appropriate and fun activities of this endearing app.

The animation, sound effects and adorable characters in Seasons and Weather will engage children and keep them happily occupied learning for hours. When activities are answered correctly, your child will receive words of praise. Thus, their self-confidence will grow as will their familiarity with seasons, weather, days of the week and months.

COOL CONCLUSION: "i Learn With Poko: Seasons and Weather! is a sleek and captivating, educational app guaranteed to teach and please children with its fine Science curriculum."
--Date/Version: Released 5/16/11 - Version 1.0.2
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 4.2 or later. Rated 4+.
--Special Note: The iLearnWith Program is a cross curricular game-based learning program that helps prepare your child for school, while having fun, one app at a time.
--Device: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
--Languages: English
--Developer Link: Tribal Nova
--Twitter: ilearnwith
--Facebook: I learn with

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