To Record and Reward excellent behaviour in Children with Fun ... with ★★ STARS ★★
★ No need to wait until you get home … you can now award stars on the go, on your iPhone/iPod or iPad. Make sure all those good behaviours are captured and not forgotten.
★ Star Jar is unique family friendly application.
★ Feel free to use as a single user and/or enjoy the fun of "Pour to Sync" with Star Jar's multi-device capabilities.
★ By setting up Star Rewards as target achievements, the family can all contribute to the Star Jar and enjoy the Rewards together as a family.
★ Star recognition is no longer restricted to those living under the same roof … Star Jar extends the reach to all family, friends and neighbours.
★ Not just Awarding Stars
Star Jar :
- allows easy recording of Good Behaviour, Hard Work or Merit
- provides families a way to journal and later reflect on Star-worthy events
- evidence-based rewarding is both satisfying and gives reason to the Reward
★ "Pour to Sync"
Star Jar has a unique feature allowing multiple devices to keep in sync.
Easily connect devices using the in-app Bluetooth pairing button.
Once connected, just Pour to Sync and enjoy the Stars and Rewards transfer between devices.
★★★★★ Star Jar ★★★★★
"Pour to Sync - is so beautiful and simple my daughters want to pour everyday"
★★★★★ About Star Jar ★★★★★
Star Jar was the Winner entry of the BeMyApp AppOlympics in London (UK), a competition spanning 48 hours in February 2012.
A true underdog story, as this one-man team surprised the judges, other teams and audience (and it's fair to say, himself) to win the prestigious award.
You can read more about the competition here : http://appolympics.bemyapp.com/?cat=7
Ratings and Reviews
This is a great app. The concept is simple. Choose a reward with your child, agree how many stars need to be earned to receive the reward, and then allocate stars for appropriate behaviours. What makes this different from sticker charts/other reward charts we have tried is that it is portable and stars can be allocated for anything you feel appropriate. You also have the opportunity to note why the star was given. My little boy loves to show the list to his Daddy at the end of the day. This has become a reward in itself.
This approach seems to be far more effective than sticker charts which tend to pair rewards to a single behaviour. Unfortunately this is usually something that has been a source of conflict between parent and child (eat your veg, stay in your own bed, etc). Even with the best intention this seems to turn from carrot to stick (if you don't get dressed, you won't get your sticker).
I love being able to add a star for any positive action that we notice. It has encouraged my little boy to look for ways to be helpful and thoughtful throughout the day. It has also introduced the concept of saving up for something.
Nice idea, fatally flawed
This app seemed such a good idea, as we already do reward charts for our kids & this would let us immediately give stars on the go instead of needing to remember once home...
We loved the ability to note what they'd done to get each award of 1, 2 or 3 stars, along with the accurate time-stamping of when we gave it. The kids loved seeing the stars go
Into their jar & counting up towards their next reward.
However, we had separate jars on my phone & my wife's and the kids wanted them sync'd so they'd see their total... First attempt to sync & only a few stars went over. Second attempt & all stars were wiped from both phones with no note of either our son or daughter at all on either phone!
The kids are now in tears & we are not impressed in the slightest.
Great thing about paper charts is they don't wipe themselves & all the kids' achievements out.
Not as expected
Although you can add more than one child to reward, there is only one jar which combines the total stars of all the children. It would have been better for each child to have their own jar so that they can build up their own star totals.
Also, I can only add one reward, not multiple as shown in the screenshot in the app description, which is both annoying and misleading.
This app could have been so much better!
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.