Endless Alphabet

LQ: 8.6

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Brain grade: 8.9
Fun score: 8.2

Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

Endless Alphabet is an interactive educational app in which users learn words and build their vocabulary. A group of friendly monster act out the definitions of each word once users spell it correctly. As far as spelling the words goes — it is a fairly easy process. Users are presented with a “letter bank.” They must insert the letters from the bank into the outlines of the letters on screen. For this reason, the app is probably most beneficial for younger users who are still learning how to string letters together. There are 52 words in total (two for each letter) that frequently change. The words range in difficulty, making it useful for early learners and young elementary students as well. The animation is helps to keep users engaged and invested in the app, helping make users more comfortable spellers and readers. Due to these considerations, Endless Alphabet is recommended for children ages 4 to 10.


This app is good for kids who need help with:

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in our mind while working.

Endless Alphabet really works to bolster the way that users understand each word. Through the animation, Endless Alphabet takes words out of the context of the app, inserting real world applications for all the learned words. The app combines vocabulary with spelling. But it is all driven by a highly visual experience. The game's "friendly monsters," combine connotation with denotation, and successfully represent the truest meaning of each word. Endless Alphabet creates a learning environment that encourages users to think about what words represent -- a type of higher level thinking that takes time for younger users to develop. The app also helps to establish a sense of transference, or "generalization," in the way that users learn information. When children apply what they learned in a classroom or digital setting to the real world, they are demonstrating transference. The friendly animation also aids users in understanding how words are visually represented.

Flexibility

Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Users are presented with a variety of different words which are subject to change daily. There is also great variety in the level of difficulty of each word. Friendly narration pronounces the words as they are introduced and after they are spelled correctly. The names of the letters are also announced, and if placed in the wrong spot, a sound follows that lets users know they are incorrect. But the nature of the Flexibility Thinking Skill is based around the idea that users must adapt to a changing or varied environment. When sounding out words, users are often unable to take things letter by letter. For words that have a "th," a "cc," or a "oo," the method used to pronounce the word correctly will depend on the arrangement of letters. Depending of the combination or order of certain letters, the pronunciation will change drastically. Recognizing that "war" and "wore" have drastically different meanings, but the same pronunciation, requires a solid set flexibility skills and an ability to adapt to new sets of grammar guidelines.

Reading

Because the app only presents users with one word at a time, it would seem that their reading time could be better served with a newspaper or simple story. However, important phonetic awareness foundational skills are fostered and developed in Endless Alphabet. While users are technically not reading paragraphs and sentences, they are developing skills that will eventually allow them to do so. It is reading app for younger users prior to entering grade school. It allows them to associate images with words, as well as advance their ability to recognize, sound out, and spell correctly.

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