Teacher Review For SUPER WHY ABC Adventures: Alphabet

Great App for Early Literacy!

Jason G.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Math, Science
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Great with Low literacy
How I Use It
I use the Android version of this app primarily with my 4 year old son to work on early literacy skills. Specifically, he can practice letter recognition, sounds, and spelling. I really like the app because it is divided into 5 mini-games, with each one of the super-readers as the main character in each game. Some of the games are easier than others, providing different challenges for children at different literacy levels. My son just turned 4, so he really likes the game that focuses on the alphabet. In this game, Whyatt (one of the Super Readers), leads the player through a connect-the-dots game, forming the shape of a secret object. I have to encourage him to try out the other games in the app, or he will spend all of his time on that one, because it's the easiest for him. I don't see this as too much of a problem, since my wife and I never let him use our tablets without supervision. If using this with kindergartners or first graders, a teacher or aide could just use regular check-ins to if they want students play with different or specific mini-games in the app.
My Take
I believe this app is great for individual practice and reinforcing early basic skills. Lots of pre-schoolers and lower elementary school kids watch Super Why, so many kids are engaged as soon as the open the app. I really like the fact that it offers something for beginning readers at different levels. Because of that, parents and teachers should be able to use the app with children for a while, letting them move to different games as they progress and their skills develop. One of my few complaints about the app is that the sound pronunciations aren't quite clear. Specifically, when the characters say the letter F, it is a little fuzzy and can kind of sound like an S. This might sound better with headphones, but sometimes I like to sit with my son while he is using the app. Overall, I would definitely recommend this app. The app is not free, but the price is reasonable and well worth it if it helps my son become a better reader.