The Alphabet King
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The Alphabet King - how the letter sounds got their shapes
Content: 30 stories providing two and a half hours of audio about how shapes are made for the letters sounds by a magical king in his enchanted castle. Also includes cartoon, song, games, writing practise and a superb 'create your own story' section.
The Alphabet King is a catchy and unique educational concept that has been used in Norwegian schools for several years, in conjunction with a letters and sounds programme. The stories take children into a cohesive, imaginative world with an adventure for each of the letters in the alphabet. Emphasis is placed on distinguishing between the letter and the sound it makes, which is very important in early reading. The programme helps children understand that sounds build into words and introduces the terms vowel and consonant, as well as capital letters, are introduced.
The adventures are illustrated with simple, colourful shapes to stimulate the imagination. The captivating stories are read by Timothy West, but are also subtitled so you can read with your children too. The app offers audio, visual and experiential learning, using more of the child's sensory channels to secure associations between sounds and letters. They can listen to the stories over and over again to learn the letters really well.
When you first enter the app, the adventures of the various letters come in the following order: first, an introductory story on the characters and concepts of the programme called "Alphabet Castle and how it all began". Then the letter stories will illuminate in the following order: s, a, t, p, i and n. These are the letters children learn first because they are distinctive sounds and form words easily. Once these first letters have been created, the alphabet menu unlocks and you can read the stories in any order you like. Interspersed are stories about joined up writing and how letters make words, which help children crack the reading code.
In addition, The Alphabet King app has several additional functions, such as memory game of letter pairs. Children can also practise writing the letters directly onto the screen using lines on a castle, and colour characters and letters from the stories in the drawing program. They can create their own stories by building pictures with elements from the stories and then record their narrative on the audio mode.
And last but not least, you can sing along with the alphabet song and watch our cartoon about the alphabet.
We hope you and your children will enjoy taking part in the Alphabet King's adventures and that this app will make reading training an enjoyable experience.
What's New in Version 1.3
*Updates in Paint
Favorite Children's App!🏆
I own hundreds of children's apps and this one is my most favorite! It runs smooth with no lag or hiccups on the latest iOS8! There is a ridiculous amount of content here! I mean that in the best way! With over 2 & 1/2 hours of fully narrated stories and some great interactive activities including a "make your own story" this app has so much to offer! First, the narration is 100% professional! It is the kind of narration where you pay a professional 1,000s of dollars just to read "once upon a time"! The kind of narration that will stick with you as a adult! I'm quite sure the experience of using this app will be a truly memorable one for your children! The narration is engaging and is full of life not to mention the story is read at the perfect pace to keep you engrossed in the story and so that your children won't find it difficult to keep up. I couldn't ask for anything more! The hand drawn illustrations add almost just as much to the story as the narration! They are clean, crisp, oh so colorful, simplistic, and look great on a retina display. The illustrations are sure to catch your children's eye! The story or rather all of the stories are expertly handcrafted! They are imaginative and silly in a way that captures even my attention! The plot is easily followable and the stories are just plain fun! There is not even the subtlest hint of any offensive content or references. Did I mention this app was educational? Certainly, traditional type learning couldn't be near indistinguishable from play? But in this app it is! The joy of experiencing this app blends seamlessly into the educational content. They are one in the same and that is what makes this the greatest children's app that I have ever downloaded! There are no hidden cheap tricks. No dressing up broccoli to look like a chocolate bar. Using that metaphor this app looks like a chocolate bar tastes like a chocolate bar but has the nutritional content of a vegetable smoothie! I myself am mesmerized by this app! I absolutely love it! It is a true hidden gem on the AppStore and I'm proud to be it's first reviewer! This app was truly made for children! The only regret I have with purchasing it is that I didn't purchase it sooner!
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- Category: Education
- Updated: Feb 06, 2015
- Version: 1.3
- Size: 258 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Marit Olderheim
- © Marit @2013
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.