Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars App Developer: Stagecoach Education
A splendidly spectacular Christmas experience for preschoolers. This iPad application provides kids with many hours of fun and excitement, while incidentally teaching them vital reading, writing, mathematics, spacial, and fine-motor skills that will provide the foundation for future learning. One of the most worthwhile iPad Apps for this time of year.
Based on the original books by renowned education expert and founder of a well-known baby programme – Dr. Lin Day, this iPad application is a must-have for all preschoolers celebrating Christmas. Stagecoach was the first educational course developed for under 5s and it has been helping to educate globally for over 20 years. This iPad application is the first of a series that will be brought to the iPad, and the app is designed based on the same principles as the educational course – that a solid foundation in the early years, allows more complex structures to be built in later life; and that learning comes naturally and should be fun and stress-free.
The simple yet appealing layout divides the app into an About page; followed by 33 pages each with different fun and exciting activities for kids; and finally a credits page encouraging users to rate the application, and share on Facebook and Twitter. On the About page parents can read about Stagecoach and how it works; the Christmas Project Pack; practical steps to success, and more. Kids can scroll through the pages, selecting ones they would like to do. Activities include drawing, writing and colouring, and teach the letters of the alphabet, numbers 1 to 20, and important motor and spacial skills. Simple icons allow the kids to start a worksheet again; assess their progress; choose writing tools and colours; erase; zoom; Email, save, and share on Twitter or Facebook; or move between pages. Users also have the option to listen to music, sound effects or verbal instruction; or play in silence and read the instructions. The iPad application is available in English and German.
This is a simply brilliant iPad application for kids and parents alike. Parents are provided with the guidelines to help them ensure that their kids are benefiting from the experience; and kids are having fun. Without realizing it, they are learning to draw, colour, read, write and count; and they are developing skills that will provide them with a solid basic foundation on which to build their future educations. Activities are specific, but opportunities for creativity are infinite!