ABC Dino Xenegugeli
This is a very nice app that introduces children to the letters and sounds of the alphabet. The concept of the app has been created by the acclaimed Swiss children’s author and composer, Roland Zoss. The app is based on hand-drawn illustrations and is of good quality and would suit pre-schoolers or early Primary School pupils who would like to practice their associations between animals and letters. The app goes along with the Animal-ABC Songs which is also available in iTunes. We have awarded the app an EAS Certification of 5 Stars.
If your child is learning the alphabet, this is an app that works as an interactive app that will help kids to learn their letters in both upper and lower case, to learn the sounds that the letters can make when reading and, also, to identify the animals whose letter begins with the letter in the alphabet.
As soon as you enter the app, you begin with the letter “A” which, we are told stands for “anaconda”. The hand-drawn illustration that fills the screen also shows an anaconda and then we are told how to pronounce the letter when we see it. In order to proceed, we must click on the letter which flips the screen and then we must trace the letter in its upper and lower case formation in order to return the screen and be able to activate the sounds that the animal makes and the jingle about the animal.
Whilst you are tracing the letters, the app tells you whether you are doing the activity correctly. When the colour turns green it means that it is correct, when it is red, it means that you must try again. This is an easy concept to grasp however, you will probably have to guide your child so that he/she understands how to complete the interactive exercise in order to move along the app.
The app is fun and interactive and the sounds and music are great for creating mental associations whilst learning the sounds and letters of the alphabet. We found some of the illustrations rather quirky and refreshing as one of the animals is a xenegugeli (completely made up) another is a fairytale animal (the unicorn), the other is extinct (“M” for mammoth) and the zebra that is associated with the letter “Z” is a cow in zebra pyjamas! What is great too is that besides the lite version of this app, you can also download it in four other languages so that you can introduce the concept of a foreign language from early on.
We think that a good way to use this app would be to sit with your child and to work through the app together as it will reinforce the learning process and make the songs and the tracing sections faster to understand and grasp.
From the Developer
The charming "Xenegugeli ABC" animal alphabet by Roland Zoss is a work of art enlivened by pictures, sounds and songs. A well-established classic in the genre of children’s music, and number one in Switzerland, the App stands for Swiss educational quality.
The meaningful activity generated by "Xenegugeli ABC" has already introduced thousands of children to the written word. This learning app is also a suitable tool for adults wishing to gain familiarity with a foreign language in an enjoyable way. Now available in English, French, German and Spanish.
Format: animal song album or e-book, illustrated by hand. The "Xenegugeli-ABC" has a proven track record, having been in use since 1999. No hidden costs are involved.
Activity begins with the sound of the "Xenegugeli" melody. As the image of the animal is swiped, the relevant first letter is identified, both by name and the sound associated with it. By tapping twice on the image of the animal depicted, the user advances to the writing exercise. When the upper-case and lower-case version of the letter are written correctly, the animal becomes animated and emits a sound. A segment from a song in the relevant language then plays.
The original animal songs can be downloaded directly from iTunes Store via the "Impressum" at the end of the app.
Red cover = English; green cover = German; blue cover = Swiss-German; turquoise cover = French; yellow cover = Spanish (in preparation).