In almost all fields of study, practice is as important as understanding a concept. This is especially true for early literacy and numeracy. That’s why kids ages 5+ will benefit from frequent practice and drills. Since they learn more when they’re having fun, the key is to create an enjoyable lesson plan.
My app pick for today is called Feed Me! If you search the App Store, you will find many versions of this app — one for each of these languages: US English, UK English, Mexican Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Hindi and Hawaiian. For this review, I will refer to the paid US English version, which is registered as Feed Me! [US English] PencilBot School Pack.
Numeracy, Literacy, and Arts
Feed Me! is organized into three major sections: numeracy, literacy, and arts. In each section, you will find up to 200 questions about different concepts. For example, in the numeracy section, you will learn about shapes, colors, numbers, patterns, and other early numeracy concepts.
Each section is further organized into two difficulty levels: Level 1 and Level 2. Even though you can play the levels in any order, I’d suggest you start with the Level 1 first. For example, in the numeracy section, you should learn basic counting before trying out fractions and ordinal numbers.
In each section, you’ll be feeding a little monster. With the help of the narrator, you try to understand what the little monster is thinking. You then feed him the correct answer from the three given options.
If you get the correct answer, you can move on to the next question. But if you feed the little monster an incorrect option, he will turn green and you will have to retry with a different answer. While the app doesn’t tell you the solution, it’s still nice to get an immediate feedback and another chance to submit your answer.
When you have completed a section, you will earn a reward. You can then replay that section, select a different level, or move on to a different section.
Parents Need to Know
Feed Me! supports separate login for up to four players. Each player will have their own avatar and the app will track their progress individually. The version that I’m testing is the paid School Pack version. You can try to download the Free version and see if the app is right for you, before getting the full version.
The app works great in Airplane mode. It has no third-party ads or links to social networks. If you want to find more information about Feed Me, please consider visiting their official website.
Things I Like
I haven’t gone through the entire app, but I like what I’ve seen so far. The gameplay is really straightforward: listen to the narrator, pay attention to the hints, and find the correct option. What makes it interesting is the quality of the questions.
For example, the app may ask you which number is missing from a sequence, which object is the odd one out in a group, or which object is heavier, lighter, etc. In the more difficult level, the app may ask you which object is included in the initial picture of overlapping shapes, which group of objects fits the given pattern, and how to complete any given number sequence.
If you’re tired and need a break, you can poke the monster for fun. He will have slightly different reactions each time you poke him.
If you’re looking for an app that can help your kids to practice their early skills in numeracy, literacy, and arts, you need to give Feed Me! a try. It has a version for many different languages and a full School Pack version for the US English audience. Remember that you can always try the free version first before getting the full version.
App was provided for our honest review.