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My First Words

by AR Entertainment.net
Rated: All Ages

Price: $1.99
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 1.5
  • Some bugfixes for android jelly bean

Product Details



Product Features

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

Product Description

Kids age 2 to 7 will now have fun learning basic words. The game includes more than 50 words on 3 different themes: animals, colors and fruits.

The aim of the game is to arrange the letters in the correct order to make up a word.
Letters are pronounced when touched.
When word is completed, it's pronounced and provided letters were arranged in the correct written sequence an animation is displayed.

This game is part of the "Learning is fun" educational games collection. Visit our website for more info: http://ar-entertainment.net/amazon/

Technical Details

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

Customer Reviews

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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:

REPETITIVE:
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.

GRAMMAR:
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."

WORD CHOICES:
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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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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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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By tobin on April 24, 2012
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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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This app might be OK if it did not have some issues. The words in many cases are much too large for young children and even I didn't know what a quince is. The game has a tab on the bottom of the home page that takes you to Amazon, Facebook and Twitter to buy more games from this developer. Unfortunately they have not gotten the message on the last reviews that this is undesirable for a children's game. Please remove this tab on all children's games. What parent wants the game to have a "more games" tab on the screen as a temptation to buy anything? In addition, once on the internet they can go anywhere.

How does the game go to the internet when no permissions are listed on the web site or on my Kindle Fire? Is this a hidden permission or a way of getting around letting the user know that the game has an open port to the internet?

The game forced closed on me as I was testing it on the second game. I can see many other posts from other people with the same complaint. The developer should look at his code to see what the problem is and fix it. This is only the third game out of 150 that has caused a forced close on my Kindle Fire.

Overall this is not a bad app but the open gateway to shopping, forced close and internet access lowers the rating to a 3. I would not let my child play this game on my Kindle Fire without turning off the internet access.
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