I love literature. It doesn’t matter whether it is a novel, short story, poem or play I love reading them all! I have a Kindergartener this year and it has been so exciting for me to watch him as the world of reading has begun to open up to him. He is just beginning to be able to sound out words and figure how rhyming sounds. He doesn’t really understand yet that these basic skills are just the tip of the iceberg and that there are so many more reading adventures to be had. Little Poets is a wonderful app that takes those basic literacy skills to the next level by introducing children to poetry.
Through 12 short and fun animated videos your child will be introduced to concepts like rhyming, using adjectives, the proper way to recite a poem clearly and much more. The videos are narrated by 3 adorable British-accented birds named Sam, Mr. Pirate and Blue. These birds are the perfect mixture of silly and proper making them ideal teachers for eager young minds. Each video is fairly short (approximately 3 or 4 minutes long) yet packed with wonderful lessons and information. For example, in Lesson #9 “Rhyming Poetry”, Blue asks Sam to write down the sentences he dictates. However, Sam gets a bit confused. When Blue asks Sam to write “The dog jumped into the lake” Sam writes “The hog jumped into the cake”. A funny illustration of this pops up on the screen and soon Sam is laughing at the pictures he is imagining from Sam’s sentences. Sam is utterly confused until he realizes that Blue isn’t writing the sentences he dictates, but silly sentences that rhyme with what he is dictating. They then proceed to explain what rhyming means and give examples of rhyming words. At the end of each video, your child has the option of taking a short quiz to test their retention of the information they just learned. If they can accurately recall the information, then they are rewarded with “Bonus” riddles and jokes that even had me chuckling.
Overall, I was quite impressed with this app. The quality of the information is excellent and applicable. The material presented in the videos was created by educators and consistent with the US Common Core Standards. The creators describe their videos as “Edutaining” and I would concur that these videos are both highly educational and entertaining. They are the perfect length to introduce a concept yet not lose the attention of the audience. I really liked the video-quiz format as well. I felt like the quizzes did a wonderful job of reinforcing the key concepts taught in each video. As a mom, this is probably not an app that I would purchase for my kids to play at home but I would strongly encourage their teachers to use in the classroom. If you are a homeschooling mom, then this app would be a wonderful addition to your curriculum. While the videos are fun and entertaining, it was “too much like school” for my kids to want to play for very long at home. However, this app is one that I will be highly recommending to my family and friends who are educators. Little Poets is a wonderful tool for educating and exciting children about literature and more specifically, poetry.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.