An educational first app for very young children.
Looking at the Sami website, it is clear that their apps are developed with a very rigorous approach to educating, as well as entertaining, very young users. For a parent or early years practitioner, there is plenty of information to support children’s learning with the range of Sami apps, as well as pedagogical theory behind each different aspect of the offering.
The app does take some time to download and install, but first impressions on opening the app are of the very high quality of sound and graphics. From the outset, the app is easy to navigate around and use. Although it is designed to be easy to use for young children, there is plenty of parental guidance available within the app too. The main menu gives four different options - apps, flashcards, story time and utilities. The apps section includes three mini-games - “drawing lines”, “quantities” and “puzzle”. Under each of these is a fun well-structured app. The “drawing lines” app encourages children with their first steps in mark making, giving them some guidelines and encouraging them to follow ever more complicated lines as the levels progress. The feedback is always positive, regardless of how far away from the actual line the mark is drawn, which is not in itself a bad thing for very young learners, but is worth bearing in mind. The “quantities” game lets children start counting, beginning with matching small numbers and gradually increasing. The “puzzle” game lets users drag and drop little pictures into the correct blank silhouettes within a picture, helping to develop pattern matching and fine motor skills.
The learning continues using the flashcards, which appear under five different categories of vocabulary - colours, numbers, food, animals and Christmas. Each is clearly illustrated and narrated, giving plenty of opportunity to learn new words. Vocabulary and language skills can then be practised further in the story section - with the “shake your story” app (this is also available as a standalone app). This allows children to pick five different aspects of their story - two characters, a location, a mission and a mode of transport. They can simply shake the tablet to choose between these different aspects. Once all the aspects have been chosen, the user gets a visual summary. Although this sounds simple, it gives children a perfect opportunity to use their imaginations and discuss the details of their story to whatever level they are able.
The final aspect of this app, under the “utilities” section, is a little utility called “Sleep baby owl” which plays a selection of soothing sounds to calm children down (including womb sounds, birds and vacuum cleaner noises).
Overall, there are plenty of aspects of the Sami apps offering that are likely to keep very young children engaged, as well as really helping them along educationally. One of the most useful aspects of this app is the wide range of languages available - meaning that a more global audience is catered for than with most apps of this type.
From the Developer
Sami Apps considered one of the best applications for family game 2014, according Appszoom.
SAMI Apps is a set of apps, which are dedicated to the overall development of the education of our youngest in their first phase of growth. SAMI Apps is a proposal generated by specialised educators (for Kids between 0-6 years) for the development of your child’s learning skills while playing and having fun. Our goal is not only to entertain your child, but also to increase their cognitive skills, as well as its emotional development, to ensure the success of its future education. We are the only ones who will tell you what is processed with every app and why it is important. We exceed the level of the electronic medium, by giving you guidelines, options and ideas on how to develop these skills in the reality of your everyday life. Sami Apps is available in +20 languages (Spanish, Catalan, English, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Hindi, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Hebrew, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Russian, Turkish, Polish, African, Swahili, Dutch and Swedish). Thanks to our language system, our app is the perfect solution for families in which more than one language are spoken or even to learn a foreign language. We have Apps, Flash Cards and Stories. We are waiting for you!
Sami Apps has positioned itself in a few weeks the top 10 downloads in several countries: Spain, Chile, Mexico and the United States.
Join Sami Apps and discover our educative world! Sami Apps is a totality of different apps oriented to the development of learning of our children in their first growth stage. Specialized educators developed Sami Apps so that your child develops himself, practice his learning ability and to play and have fun at the same time.
Help you child to learn and to understand the numbers. Connect every spelling of the number with the quantity of the corresponding objects. Win your owl-medal. There are three different levels of difficulty to continue learning and practicing. Print your prizes and color them. Furthermore you can find more educational information with explanations, recommendations to work at home with your children.
Develop the cognitive skills and abilities of your child with these puzzles. Win your owl medal by finishing the screens. You got three levels of difficulty to continue learning and practicing. Print your prizes and paint it. In the app you have pedagogic information with educational explications, suggestions and advices to work with your children at home. Enter SAMI Apps and discover our educational world!
Join Sami Apps and discover our educative world. Sami Apps is a totality of different apps oriented to the development of learning of our children in their first growth stage. Specialized educators developed Sami Apps so that your child develops himself, practice his learning ability and to play and have fun at the same time.