Reading Island Adventures #1 (Full)
This is a highly comprehensive app and will last your kids for months as they work through it. It has got to be one of the most comprehensive workbook style apps for teaching kids how to read and write. We were very impressed. The app has received an EAS Certification of 5 Stars and EAS Recommended Status.
The idea behind Island Adventures is amazing. The island maps out a route with 5 different units which build on each other and 25 lessons in between. The idea is that as you work your way through the lessons, you are working your way through the island. Along the way you encounter animated explanations, word games, puzzles and tests! The teaching and learning is all done in a very fun way and kids will absolutely adore the illustrations and characters that they encounter.
The app is done in a US accent, so if some parents are sensitive about this, it is important to note. However, if your kids are old enough to know the alphabet and can read by themselves this should prove to be no problem.
The map is split into phonics and sight word lessons. To begin with, it starts off with basic vowel sounds. However, it quickly progresses to consonant blends, long vowel patterns, r-controlled vowels, and suffixes. These are split amongst the sight word lessons so that there is always a change to learn something and then practice the concept.
Each unit has a separate story so that users can practice their reading skills.
Our favourite part of the app is that you are able to play and interact with very engaging characters and illustrations. For example, in one of the games we were asked to match the written words on illustrations of funny crabs to the shells. When you match the correct shell to the correct crab (you are practicing your reading and spelling at this point), the crabs scuttle about and go inside the shell. This is such a lovely touch and is very representative of the general style of the app. There are always surprises within the illustrations, the games and the story-lines to keep you coming back for more.
You can also include different players to the app (up to 3) so that you can share the app amongst 3 kids/pupils in a classroom (value for money!).
Another fantastic thing about the app is that builds from alphabet understanding to phonics to spellings, grammar and then sentence structure. The app may be £5 but it is value-for-money because you can use it time and time again to build on concepts. There are also 2 follow-up Island Adventure apps (#2 and #3) that continue the journey with more advanced phonics skills, prefixes, suffixes, syllables, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
We love this app because it teaches, it tests, it engages and also picks up incorrect/correct answers and amends its tests in accordance to the level that it perceives. That is the mark of an educational app that all other educational apps should benchmark against.
From the Developer
Children can learn new reading skills anywhere with Island Adventures – the popular online reading program that children LOVE and parents APPROVE! Three island maps comprise a total of 75 lessons for ages 6 to 9, with instruction and practice in advanced phonics skills, 200 sight words, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Map 1 in the series of Reading Island Adventures includes 25 lessons and 5 unit reviews, with storybooks and reward games too! Look for Maps 2 and 3 in the app store.
SKILLS COVERED IN MAP 1:
Short Vowel Sounds, Consonant Blends, Digraphs, Plural Suffixes, More Suffixes, Silent E Words, Long A., Long E, Long I, Long O, Long U, Short and Long oo, and 60 Sight Words.
ORIGINAL STORYBOOKS IN EACH UNIT:
A Fun Lunch
The Big Fish Bash
When Will Pete Leave?
Pete's Blue Boat
Good Food for Flora
*Up to 3 child users can be logged into the program at a time
*HD Graphics with colorful backgrounds and lovable wholesome characters
*Entertaining educational videos are professionally developed and illustrated
*Clear, simple, and easy to understand instructions and voiceovers
*Each lesson includes video instruction, engaging and challenging practice activities, and a review
*Unit reviews each include an entertaining storybook to read, plus a progress check and reward game
*Activities are coded with IQL – Intelligent Question Logic – that increases the difficulty level of questions when children are answering correctly
*No advertising ever! Distraction-free practice strengthens reading skills more quickly
Children ages 6 to 9
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