Review & Giveaway
Developer: Starfall Education
(Reviewed by Amy T from Special Apps, Special Kids)
My five-year-old son really enjoyed playing with the All About Me app. He is familiar with Starfall as it is used at his school; in fact he said “Hey I think this is on the computer at school! ” The app allows children to read independently and there is also an option to have each sentence read aloud . The app actually encouraged a lot of commenting, as well as giggling- my youngest thought it was funny to create a blanket for his bed with bananas on it and to feed his “pet” kangaroo. He laughed at the app acting out the silly sentence he created- “Sometimes I swim with my video game.” “That’s not safe! ” he added. There are also visual scenes where the child must drag words to the correct boxes- I like how the boxes are shaped to the words fitting them, to help the child match then up properly. As a parent and educator, there a few items on my wish list for “All About Me”- I would love to see the “my age” option go past nine so older children with developmental delays can customize the app. Also, I see you can choose glasses as an accessory when creating a character; I would like to go one step further and include options for a hearing aid, cochlear implant, wheelchair, a communication device, a feeding tube- these are an important part of a child’s identity as well. I would also love to see options to save a child’s work- currently you must clear a current character to allow a new child to work on one, which created some squabbling among my two temporarily.
Your child will love creating and interacting with his or her Me Character. Players learn essential vocabulary while making choices about everyday objects, body parts, pets, and household environments. This app is excellent for emerging readers and English language learners.
Released: June 29, 2012
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
Giveaway until May 17, 2013: