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My First Words

by AR
Rated: All Ages
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Some bugfixes for android jelly bean

Product Details

  • ASIN: B00659XNK4
  • Release Date: November 9, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,536 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Fun game that teaches words and spelling
  • Sounds and animations
  • 50 words appropriate for ages 2 to 7

Product Description
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Teach basic literacy skills to little kids in a fun, colorful way. This game includes 50 words in three different themes. This educational app is designed for kids ages two to seven.

Animals, Fruits, and Colors

In the opening screen, select from three categories: animals, fruits, and colors. You then choose how you want the text of the word to appear: upper case, lower case, and cursive. From there, choose the number of stars (1, 2, 3) to determine the level of difficulty.

The aim of the game is to arrange the letters in the correct order to make the word. All letters are pronounced when touched. When the word is correctly completed, the whole word is pronounced and an animation is displayed.

My First Words teaches kids pronunciation, spelling, and word-picture association. What a fun way to learn how to read!

Technical Details

  • Size: 11.1MB
  • Version: 1.5
  • Developed By: AR
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 1.6
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 90 seconds

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Concept...Needs Fine-tuning April 24, 2012
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As a Homeschool mom, I was intrigued by the concept but confused by the reviews. So, I decided to check out the app for myself first.

It is a great idea to have a spelling app for my child on my Kindle. Doing "schoolwork" on mommy's Kindle is a treat and rewarding. These kind of apps can be very engaging for young children.

Regarding "Fine-tuning," I did experience a "force close" at least twice in only a short time. This is something I have not experienced with other educational apps so far. I am very selective about which apps to download and generally target a select amount of educational apps rather than games.

Specific concerns:

There was too much repetition of the same word in a sequence of words. This happened at all three star levels. It would be nicer if the program would go through a group before repeating the same word again. It happens even when you spell the word correctly.

When teaching young children to spell, proper case of singular or plural is needful. I did not like having a picture of a cluster of grapes with the word "grape" under it. To me, "grapes" would have been more appropriate. Also, there was a picture of a single nut with the word "nuts" under it rather than "nut."

I thought the word "almond" may be a little unusual for a child to encounter.

Specifically, I saw a picture in the fruit section of words which I could not identify. On the two star level, the tiles will not populate unless the choice is correct and I had to guess my way through the word - "quince.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Like many games/apps in this price range, it's not a feature-rich experience but what you get is actually well done:

* The game plays at three levels:
-- the word is actually spelled and the child needs only to move the letter tiles into the proper slots
-- the game lets the letter tiles snap-in when they are dragged over the correct slot
-- there are no hints initially but after filling all slots with letters the tiles that were placed into the wrong slots drop
* You can hear the letter pronounced when touched
* The name of the animal is both spelled and pronounced when guessed correctly
* Each word challenge comes with its own nicely done graphic of the animal and you can hear the 'sounds' that the animal makes

And... that's just about it. There is no score, the game doesn't keep track of progress or remember what you did and won't help you work on your weaker words. And, of course, it's limited to the 50 words so don't expect more than a couple of hours of use before the child gets bored and asks for something else.

I don't agree with the maker's claim that the game is for 2-7 yr. olds. I would say 5 yr. old is probably the upper limit.

I will grant the game 3 stars for the good effort but for this to become a more useful educational tool hundreds more words will have to be added and the game should be able to track progress and identify the words that need extra practice.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars my first words April 24, 2012
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this app has potential to be amazing, but its just not quite there yet. I gave my kindle to my four year old cousin, and he played with it. after a while he said it was the same words every time. needs a little work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars review January 8, 2012
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purchased full version never saw 50 words what I did see was repetitive. My 4 year old was bored "they are the same words "
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not 50 words April 24, 2012
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I agree with others, I actually paid for this app some time ago and my three year old liked it at first but there are no where near 50 words and repeats quite often. He plays the game now without sound and just wants to match tiles. Words not necessarily "first" spelling words either. The levels should progress better. It is not a bad app, just needs a lot of work there is potential.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good start April 24, 2012
By tobin
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it is a decent concept but needs some tuning. the animal noises are instantly annoying. there should be some verbal instuction when the child doesnt start moving letters. i agree that the word choice for 2 star could be easier. in general hints about letter sounds may help in the learning side. a sad note to the developer - if you link to your website make a mobile site.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Game works and is fun, but... May 21, 2012
By Jocelyn
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Not sure where the first words part comes in. My 2yo can read and spell 3 letter and some 4 letter words, so I was expecting cat, dog, frog and other small words that can be sounded out. What I got was giraffe, octopus, orange, white, and blue, long and mostly full of silent letters and imposible to sound out. Sure, my son has fun matching the letters, but I can't help but think these non-phonetic words are doing more harm than good. Also the constant animal sound effects are very annoying to both of us. Glad I got it at half price.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a good start April 24, 2012
By Dmac
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Here are the things I found...its good with helping kids figure out letters and work up to spelling. I didn't notice a difference between the 2 and 3 star difficulties also I think for 1 star should just be 3 and 4 letter words 2 stars should be bigger words but still show the hints or maybe leave 1 or 2 blank and 3 should be all words with no hints. But I agree with the other reviews if this is my first words not sure how many kids can spell octopus but I like it and hope d dev improves this app
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars but I know eventually they will have fun with this learning game
My kids are too young for this right now, but I know eventually they will have fun with this learning game!
Published 25 days ago by CasualClass
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids love this app
Kids love this app.
Published 1 month ago by Chening K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Robin A Tryon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good for kids.
Published 8 months ago by S Naserzadeh
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple as You Need It To Be--Leveled Really Well
Long before my child knew her letters, she could play this and feel like she was spelling. Then, I dropped the precue letters, and she was spelling. Read more
Published 22 months ago by D. K. Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME!
This app helped my son learn to read. It is so worth buying the full app but this one is also really good to start out with!
Published on January 3, 2013 by Shannon Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars my 2year old loves it.
my 2 year old daughter plays this game all the time. It has been one of the biggest helpers in learning her letters. It helps with letter identification both visually and aurally. Read more
Published on November 23, 2012 by sj
1.0 out of 5 stars does not work
I downloaded the spanish and english but can't use them. This app seems great, but it keeps experiencing errors and crashing. Read more
Published on November 13, 2012 by kindle user
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
my 2 year old really likes this app. i wish there were more words since there's a lot of repetition, but still a great free app of the day
Published on November 13, 2012 by T.Rand
3.0 out of 5 stars Great app; constant background noise is obnoxious.
Great app except for the constant obnoxious background noise. Please please update this app so we can let our children use this without us going insane. Read more
Published on July 16, 2012 by Ryan
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