A very effective way to teach children the ABC’s is through flashcards. ABCdiversity offers a delightfully simple flashcard display with an added dimension that celebrates diversity in the world around us.

Each letter displays a cute cartoon drawing of a child. It shows their letter and name and a few of their favorite things. As you view the pictures, touching the screen will produce the  name of the items that have the same letter sound. This reinforces the sound and builds memory association skills. (As a future app update I think it would be nice to repeat the name of the character when either their name or image is touched.) The diversity comes from the characters themselves.  G, for example, is for Gareth a sandy haired boy who wears glasses and has a guide dog. He’s holding a gift and a bowl of grapes are on the table. You’ll also meet Wilson who enjoys watching birds, especially woodpeckers, and playing with worms. He’s in a wheelchair. Sometimes the boys and girls we meet have names that are familiar like Jeremy or Alyssa, others might sound unusual at first like Harsha or Uzuma.

Although I found the app to be a bit simplistic,  I think it has potential to help children discover their own personality. Follow up playing the app by encouraging your child to list things they like or do that begin with their letter.  Associating letters in this way is a great learning tool. ABCdiversity presents a good opportunity for parents to discuss differences we find in people and explain to small children that while a person may seem different when we first meet them chances are that we will have a lot in common. I like that this app helps prepare children academically and socially for school and life.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.

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When is come to the gadgets, gizmos and whats-its of the modern world, her three kids keep her up to speed. Whether its watching yet another iTunes card go up in smoke while music downloads at the speed of sound, teenage blogging, term paper research or the youngest studying spelling and math facts, she tries to ignore how many hours are logged on the hand held devices in her home. All that being said, the growth and learning the gizmos provide never cease to amaze her.

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