Common Sense Review
Updated July 2013

Leo's Songs

This product is no longer available.
Sweet songs tell kids to dream big, but no deep learning here
Common Sense Rating 2
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 2
Pros
No bad news, just positive songs sung by happy characters.
Cons
Limited interactivity and a few typos.
Bottom Line
Kids will hear important messages about emotional development, but content and interactivity are lacking.
Dana Villamagna
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 2
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

Cute kid versions of famous historic scientists create engaging, friendly characters. The well-designed animations in the videos are nice to watch and the songs are fine, but there are only four songs, and little interactivity. 

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 2

Though the app doesn't go into much depth, kids learn by watching the four videos and absorbing the positive messages of perseverance, practice, imagination, and dreaming big. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 2

The main page of the app encourages kids to extend play with the characters on the related Leo's Pad: Preschool Kids Learning Series app.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

If you're already using Leo's Pad: Preschool Kids Learning Series in your classroom, Leo's Songs may be a fun way for kids to soak in those appisodes' main messages that science, art, and invention are fueled by imagination, creativity, teamwork, and hard work. But be aware that although kids who already use that app will recognize some of the themes in the songs, they'll also find that items they see in the videos won't have the same interactivity they may be expecting. If you're planning to use the interactive series in your classroom but aren't yet, these four brief songs may be a good way to introduce your students to these historical characters, as well as to the idea that all famous scientists were once kids just like them!

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What's It Like?

Editor's Note: Leo's Songs is no longer available; however, the developers continue to update and expand their primary app, Leo's Pad: Preschool Learning Series

Leo's Songs is an animated song app that includes four songs based on characters found in the interactive Leo's Pad: Preschool Learning Series app. The young Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, and Galileo sing kid-friendly songs about following dreams, trying again, practicing to get better at skills, and using imagination to invent. Kids simply tap one of the four song icons on the main screen, then watch and listen. In "Follow Your Dreams," Leo sings to Gally about the dream of going into space, while in "Try Again," he sings about not giving up. Marie Curie encourages kids to practice in "Practice Makes Perfect," and Marie and Leo both sing on the song "You're an Inventor."

The app displays lyrics for kids to follow during the songs, but there are a few typos -- mostly relating to missing apostrophes.

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Is It Good For Learning?

These beautifully animated videos and fine songs are engaging and fun to watch. It's also encouraging to see a girl kid scientist, Marie Curie, represented here along with Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo. Leo's Songs can help kids learn some positive messages about not giving up, using your imagination, and the importance of practice -- concepts that are relevant in their lives. It would be nice to see more interactivity with the app -- and fewer typos.

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