How I Use It
I just trained kindergarten parents on best Smartphone apps and I included Big Kid Life Vet in my presentation. I included it as one of the Top 10 apps. The parents loved it!
Teachers will want some type of headphones with this app! It's very audio interactive. I am going to recommend this to our HeadStart director this year as an app to download. Our HeadStart program has a 10-pack of iPads and I can really see this being used as place where students could work on this Vet Game during a center or small group activity!
Big Kid Life Vet (or Vet Game) is a great app (iOS only at this point) that teaches students to follow directions, learn about animals, and learn matching (shapes, categories, etc). It has three levels which you can work through! Fun for younger children! I think this would be even better to do it together w/ a parent, older sibling, or guardian. There is a parent section (which they register for which is found in Settings - click on the red/orange fingerprint) to unlock progress reports and engagement meters. This can be done across multiple devices!
Once the child is in the app and picks a level, their "doctor" character helps animals get better by dropping the scanner (X-Ray, UV Ray, etc... )over the animal which then activates a game. The game is very touch interactive and the child must listen to the directions. One thing to keep in mind is that a child has to at least begin the game and to get out of it and go back to Home. If the child was only somewhat successful, the animal doesn't feel as good as they could and the app tells the child to "go back in doctor!"
Level 3 is pretty advanced with rhyming, beginning letter sounds and ending letter sounds. It definitely will be difficult for some learners. I would recommend going through each level in order.
The one feature that parents will want to be careful about are the in-app purchases. If you click on the thumbprint and tap on the dice (games option), you are brought to other apps that are created by Fingerprint. However, there is a Grown-Ups "security password" feature built in that requires a person that knows how to read.