Teacher Review For My Very Hungry Caterpillar

Beautiful graphics, not so much learning

Colleen M.
Classroom teacher
Lakeshore Elementary School
Holland, MI
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 2
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 2
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This product would be great for pre-K and Kindergarten students. It gives the children a chance to explore different areas on their own. It teaches them that the animal (caterpillar) need to eat and also needs to sleep. I would like to see some more explicit teaching of skills in this app. It is fun for kids, but the learning is minimal.
My Take
Overall, I would not use this as a teaching tool in my classroom. It does not have any specific ties to academics. The things that it may teach are things that can be learned more effectively in other ways. I do think it could be a good way for children to learn to navigate a device without getting frustrated. The graphics are very nice and the app does not punish the child for doing something wrong. It was fun but it lacks in educational quality.