Sago Mini School is a pre-school education app where children ages 2-5 can explore a variety of interesting topics while learning and exploring. After the app is initially opened, children will be asked to choose some subjects that are of interest to them. The app will then provide a variety of colorful and fun activities surrounding this topic. Children can create their own videos with audio by following prompts such as “Fill this grocery basket with food.” The child can then draw and record their voice at the same time. After they have finished, the video plays back for them, reinforcing the activity.
There are structured activities such as letter and number tracing as well as play-based activities where the children can create their own stories by manipulating the objects on the screen. Short videos with text also reinforce basic concepts about the topic chosen, whether it is describing what a receipt is or why birds have a third eyelid.
Sago Mini School requires a subscription to access all of its content but a seven day free trial is available. It is currently available on Android and iOS.
Sago Mini School has a wide variety of activities for young children to participate in, ranging from free play to more structured learning such as letter and number recognition and tracing. These activities are also based on a variety of interesting topics such as birds, grocery stores, the forest, etc. Because there are so many topics and activities, this app is a great way to introduce variety to your child and let them experiment with trying new things and being flexible in their choices. When your child is picking their initial interests, suggest one that they didn’t select or suggest an activity they have not tried before.
Because this app is aimed at very young children, it is a great way to practice planning early on in their lives. There are several activities that encourage planning in Sago Mini School. There are prompts where children need to draw a picture--they need to think about what they are going to draw so that the entire item fits in the space provided. In the free play mode, children who cannot yet write can create their own oral stories. This is a way for them to experiment with narrative and create a beginning, middle, and end to what they are crafting. Even simple actions such as number and letter tracing require the child to think about how they are going to recreate the shapes that form each letter and number by using their finger on the screen.
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