The e-book with narration and highlighted words is nice for emerging readers, as well as ELL students. The learning games are better for reinforcement, but make sure to suggest a level for kids to start on. This is a good title for quiet time, indoor recess, and engaging a student who has completed other work.Continue reading Show less
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VTech InnoTab Software - Hello Kitty is a collection of three learning games, two creative activities, and an e-book. They all revolve around a birthday party for Hello Kitty's twin sister. Kids can read the story alone, or with a narrator and highlighted words. A small glossary is available to help with words kids may not know. Then they can take on the learning games, all of which focus on math concepts, and add some memory tasks and information about musical instruments as well. Kids will practice counting, shape recognition, addition, and comparisons (bigger/smaller). The creativity area allows kids to take Hello Kitty-themed photos and make cards.
The games reinforce some simple math concepts but don't delve too deeply into the content. The learning is well-integrated into some of the games, but it others it seems as if it's more of an add-on. However, kids will enjoy the related activities, especially the one involving cake decorating. And the e-book nicely highlights words as they're read.
Kids may be frustrated by the repetition in the games and by the lack of automatic adjusting of content as they play. However, the game does offer two levels of difficulty. Without a save feature, Hello Kitty is more appropriate for reinforcement and reward than full-out learning.
Key Standards Supported
Counting And Cardinality
Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings2, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
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