KidStoriz

Price: Android - Free iPhone/iPad - Free

Teacher Overview

This application is essentially a reading app with a twist. The twist is the fact that the stories can be narrated by you or anyone else of your choice and the programme is interspersed by educational content and games. All of the child’s interactions are recorded and the parent can look them up on the management dashboard. The app developer has stated that the stories and games provide a complete curriculum for children between 2 and 6 years old. They also have an Arabic version.

Teacher Review

The application is downloaded with no fuss and takes up a mere 86 MB on the iPad, however this will increase as more content is ordered through the subscription process. The start screen is intuitive with a menu system at the bottom of the screen. The first menu, which is the default screen, lists the subscriptions that you have paid for and the list of free playlists.

When entering a playlist from the subscription list the screen is populated with the list of content. For example the first list “Free Educational Playlist” contains a story “The Goats and the wolf”, educational material slides that explain the letters F,G,H,I and J, another educational material section that is entitled “Flowers” the intention of which is to teach the names of flowers, a “Connect Game” and finally a “Memory Game”. At the top of this is a set of playlist instructions for parents.

The content of the playlist is bright, colourful and appropriate for the age range, the narration is fine and on playing through the first story “The Goats and the Wolf” a clear message underlined the story which could obviously promote a discussion with your child or children. The memory game was a fairly standard set of cards which are turned over and the child needs to identify the matching object or animal. This game had innocuous background music and words of encouragement from the narrator who also spoke the names of the items. The connect game had a simple drag and drop to match a select few letters of the alphabet and some fruit as well.

As the child engages with the game the program collects data on the progress through the three types of play i.e. stories, games and educational facilities. This can be viewed on the ‘Kid Status’ menu button. This link opens up a very basic screen with one large circle at the top and this denotes the percentage results and a swipe to the left reveals a rank. There are three smaller circles below which each display the number of the respectively completed items, i.e. ‘played stories’, ‘finished games’ and ‘played edu-material’.

The ‘Advices’ link (which could be changed to ‘Advice’) contains a number of parent locked articles on parenting offering useful advice for parents. The free playlist offered advice on when you should give your child a reward, how to increase your child’s self esteem, how to show interest in your children through play and the list continues and includes also an article on autism. All the articles are brief and have a supporting image to go with them.

The ‘More’ menu item reveals another set of links. The ‘Kid Family’ link provides a facility for parents to invite other people to join the family, for example grandparents who can then record stories with their own voices. The ‘Edit Profile’ link offers you the facility to change the Avatar for you and your child and three personal sentences can be recorded to help encourage the child.

The ‘Record/Re-record Stories’ menu lets the parent record their own voice to narrate each slide. The developer should look to provide the original narrative for each slide as a prompt to the parent as I found this difficult to start.

Overall the concept of the application is very good however there are a few areas that need to be looked at. The use of written English within the app is not as good as it could be, especially within the introductory sections and the web site. The advice section is a great idea in concept, but perhaps, too brief and could easily be linked to a web site offering a detailed list of resources to go beyond the introduction to the topic. The ‘Kid Status’ section could become a little more sophisticated and provide a further summary of details including metrics on the games. But these are not to detract from the fact that as a concept the application is good overall and I am sure will be popular with parents and children alike as the stories and games become enhanced.

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From the Developer

Who are we?

We are a group of parents, moms, dads, educators, family members, who care about raising our children in a healthy and safe environment, that combines their needs with our daily family routine. And that should also go by in line with the progress of modern technology and media in their lives.

KidStoriz Academy

We did KidStoriz Academy as complete curriculum for kids from age 2 to 6 to give them the information they need to improve their knowledge.

KidStoriz Academy contains 12 educational playlists (every playlist contains 4 stories, 4 educational contents, and 2 games) arranged from easy to difficult levels to help kids to learn step by step.

KidStoriz Academy starts with 2 languages, English and Arabic but soon we will add more languages.

KidStoriz Academy has more than 1500 educational screens.

When you buy any educational playlist, you already own it without any need to pay any monthly fees.

What you should do as a parent

You should read carefully what we wrote about every story to understand the value of it. Also after downloading the playlist you can try to record some stories with your voice to make the stories more closer to your kid. From time to time you can shift between the recorded voice by you, and the story professional voice so you make the stories not boring to your kid.

How to play the stories

Please press the black triangle button in the right of any story in the kid library to play it, or press the black triangle in the right of the playlist title to play all playlist content.

How to record stories

You have 2 ways to record stories, in kid library you can press the story title to open the story details screen and press the start recording button to record the story. Or you can choose record/re-record stories from left menu and in this screen you have all the stories that you can record.

Important Advices

- It’s recommended to not play KidStoriz Academy app to your kid for more than 2 hours per day, and remember that your kid should play most of his day and make real activities (not on mobile or tablet).
- The app is built to educate your kid without the need to you to be beside him, but of course if you can afford some time to listen to the stories and educational content together, this will be more fun for your kid.
- You can try to record the stories voice with your kid so you both record the story script and after that the kid will listen to the story with his voice and your voice.

Why we made KidStoriz Academy

We did KidStoriz Academy app for some reasons:

- We believe that kids need to have arranged educational way in home to teach them the main education they need in age 2 to 6 years old.
- Keeping your kid for youtube educational content with ability to jumping to different content with different languages, this could make big problems to your kid.
- We try to mix between love, education, and entertaining, so we can make education easy for kids from home.
- We believe that you as a mother or father need to have some personal time during the day to just relax and have a cup of tea in peace :)

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