Preparing your child for school is a hallmark concern for moms everywhere. Does my preschooler know enough? Should he already know this or that? What if he gets to Kindergarten and doesn’t know enough? We want our children to succeed at school and have a positive experience, so as mothers we stress over their readiness. Fortunately, there are several tools we can use to help assess their readiness and give us a little insight into whether or not they are as ready as they should be. Kindergarten Readiness is an app that is a fantastic way to not only give you an idea of what they SHOULD know but also measures what they already do know.
This app has 5 fun activities/games that measure 5 different areas of Kindergarten readiness: early math, early literacy, cognitive development, self-care and motor skills and communication/social skills. Each game is designed to measure skills in one of these areas while cleverly disguised as a game so it doesn’t feel like they are being tested. For example, in the early literacy game children are asked to look at an alphabet letter on a submarine and pop all of the bubbles in the water that contain the matching letter. Children use their finger to draw various shapes on the iPad screen to test their fine motor skills that will help them learn to write letters and words with a pencil and color in the lines. They also play games where they must tap the correct picture to complete a pattern or tap the basket that has the most items in it. After every game or activity is successfully completed, children earn “stickers” that they can use to create a playground scene all their own. You, as a parent, can get on the app and look at their progress. The app will tell you which areas they have mastered as well as any that still need work. They also offer ideas of activities you can do with your child to help them develop the skills needed in each area.
Kindergarten Readiness is, in my opinion, a pretty great app. I was impressed by all of the skills it covered and how the activities and games are fun to do for the kids so they don’t really feel like they are taking a test. It really is a great tool for helping you gage where your child is in their preparation for Kindergarten. Having said that, this app is not going to be really high the “fun and entertainment” scale as far as apps go. It is an educational school app and not one that your kids will beg to play or spend hours engaged in. In spite of that, I would still highly recommend it to my fellow iPhone moms who have preschool-aged kids. It is a high-quality app with plenty of benefits for parents and children.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.