Learner Mosaic by Kidaptive – Review

Learner Mosaic by Kidaptive – Review



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What we love…

lots of great activities to work with children including “support their interest”; skill improvement, and most of all celebrate learning.  Loved all the suggestions of activities to work with him

What we’d love to see…

ability to email activities and supplies listing; better scaling on iPad

Summary

Among apps that you have installed on your devices, I highly recommend Learner Mosaic as one that you install.  The information that you learn from the app will help you and your younger (toddler/preschool/early elementary school) aged children with a number of foundational skills important for early learning.  This MUST HAVE free app will have you checking in on it to see what other great activities are suggested to work on with your child.

Our Rating

Learner MosaicLearner Mosaic by Kidaptive is an app for iPhone from the maker’s of Leo’s Pad designed with free content designed to help you teach your child in non-traditional ways early learning skills such as turn taking, critical thinking, social development and more.  The app requires you to create a free account and then create a profile for each of the learners.  You answer a few short questions for each learner and then the app provides targeted suggestions based on your answers along with video’s from child learning experts .  For this app, I tested out at least three activities in each of the categories with my son.  Some of the activities were a bit basic for him as it is aimed at preschool aged children and he’s in kindergarten but we really enjoyed spending time together and trying them all out.

The goals that were provided and targeted for each of the profiles I put together.  They ranged from “supporting their interest”; “help them improve skills”, “foster interests” to celebrate learning. Each of the items had focus areas where you picked skills including: social emotional, thinking, physical skills (included motor, speech/language, independence) , knowledge/understanding, creative skills (my son’s favorite) and each week provided new activity suggestions each week which allows you to build upon the app as each area is mastered plus provides great ideas on how to focus on key skills.  each of the activities had a listing of materials, steps, what behaviors to watch for in an activity , estimated time of completion as well as information on why the activity mattered.    As each activity is completed it shows it on a task listing as well as tips from each completed activity.

iPhone Screenshot 3I really liked that the app is constantly coming up with new ideas of activities to do with my son and providing me with a reminder to check in on the app to see what new content is available.  The videos contained within the app were professionally done and I really liked the suggestions that were made to help me work with my son based on his interests.  We even took some of the activities to a level further such as his interest in science and did activities that dived into the topic further.  The app also interfaces with Leo’s Pad (another FREE app from Kidaptive) and provides reporting information into the parent dashboard.  As I continue to explore the app, the more content I am finding that will help my son with key learning skills important to his future.  I also liked that the information translates across multiple devices.  It was helpful for me to see for example that my son might be holding his pencil wrong and that the app gave me steps to help him hold it in a more age appropriate manner.  It was also fantastic that the app provided both on and off tablet examples of activities to work on such as the proper steps to holding a book, pre-reading skills and the like.

I would love to see a version of the app more scaled for the iPad.  Currently I use it on my iPhone but on my iPad it feels like it doesn’t take advantage of the space as well as it could.  I would also like a way to more easily export the activities as there were times I needed supplies that I didn’t have at home and wanted to make a list of what I needed to obtain.  The email button to send out information via email does not always work – right now it re-directs to the website but doesn’t always find content.

Among apps that you have installed on your devices, I highly recommend Learner Mosaic as one that you install.  The information that you learn from the app will help you and your younger (toddler/preschool/early elementary school) aged children with a number of foundational skills important for early learning.  This MUST HAVE free app will have you checking in on it to see what other great activities are suggested to work on with your child.

Learner Mosaic
Learner Mosaic
by Kidaptive Inc.

Category: Education, Lifestyle
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 37.32 MB

$FREE

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 Totally Pregnant by 40weeks – Review

Totally Pregnant by 40weeks – Review



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What we love…

the free content in the app is fantastic and helps you really understand how your pregnancy is progressing week by week

What we’d love to see…

Information about siblings

Summary

My favorite “go-to” pregnancy app. The free version provides quite a bit of content and the subscription based one gives even more.

Our Rating

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Totally Pregnant by 40weeks is a universal app for iOS and Android designed for Mums and Dad’s to be in Canada and the UK. The app includes a weekly video, ability to ask questions of local experts, finding deals on baby products and helping you understand the changes made each week during your pregnancy.

This is one of my favorite pregnancy apps. The video’s are by far my favorite part as I like to see week by week what is happening as my pregnancy progresses. The video’s have detail using computer animation as well as a video blogger who explains their symptoms of the week and covers specific topics like morning sickness, ultrasounds, different tests as well as preparing for the birth of your baby. I also liked that the app gave you the “premium” version for a month to determine if you wanted to upgrade so you could see all of the features. As part of the free app, you get access to a weekly video (although it is constrained to your current week), a description of what to expect during the week, a tip of the day (which changes daily) the ability to add documents to a photo album including ultrasound photos, lab tests and belly pictures.

In terms of enhancements, I would like to see more information on how to prepare other children for an upcoming arrival as the video blogger for Canada (the version I reviewed) was doing the weekly video’s from a point of view for a first time Mum. I known that my son enjoys watching the weekly video to learn more about what is happening that week.

iPhone Screenshot 3The app contains in-app purchases for discounts at the shopping as well as the ability to ask experts a question and see the “extra” 3D video. As a mom I felt that the extra IAP was worth it because I felt it added so much to the app in terms of content although the app did contain quite a bit of free content.

The app does contain external links to the internet as the ability to share on Facebook and is aimed at parents, not children. The app is free to download, some features including the shop discounts require membership. If you like the app, I would suggest buying the “full pregnancy” in-app purchase as it is significantly cheaper over time than the trimester or monthly option. Memberships are for a set period of time and do not require renewal and allow you to watch all of the video’s at once instead of having to wait for your specific week to pass by.

Of all the pregnancy apps that I have downloaded, this is one of my favorites. I enjoy watching the week by week video’s to learn what is going on in the pregnancy as well as what to anticipate in the future. The app is currently only available in the UK and Canadian app stores, but the developer has plans to expand the app to additional app stores in the near future.

 

Totally Pregnant - A Total Pregnancy Experience
Totally Pregnant - A Total Pregnancy Experience
by 40weeks

Category: Health & Fitness, Lifestyle
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 55.06 MB

$FREE

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 Love, the app by Pablo Curti

Love, the app by Pablo Curti



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What we love…

the beautiful animations, pen and ink drawings as well as the story being brought to life via the iPad in unexpected ways

What we’d love to see…

narration/reading aloud of the app, easier way to find all the animations

Summary

Though reading the story initially made me sad, it helped me to see how animated stories have grown from fifty years ago to today and is a beautiful adaptation of a story about love and a little girl sharing the news. This is a beautiful app and will always remind me of the simpler things in life. The story teaches us that no matter what, love is unconditional and we should love each person as they are for who they are.

Our Rating

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Love, the app by Pablo Curti and written for iOS is an app designed for iOS that features paper cut animations bringing a fifty year old book LOVE which was first published in 1964 in a paper book to life. Since the original book was published fifty years ago, it was published in 10 countries. The app features the story of a little girl who lives in an orphanage because her parents “went away” when she was nine. Using a variety of paper cuts, animation and more, the animated story is brought to life using color and texture on the iPad to reveal additional parts of the story. The little girl feels sad, because no one ever told her that she was darling, beautiful or cute. Once in the orphanage she tries to blend in with the other children, but there were so many children that no one really paid attention to her. At the orphanage, the little girl walks around and finds beauty in nature from simple things like a leaf, a bird, or just to stop and think her own thoughts. She becomes friends with nature and realizes that there are many beautiful things in the world and that nature is a wonderful thing. Near the end of the story, one day an attendant from the orphanage found her putting a piece of paper, a small note inside a tree with the following note, “whoever finds this “I love you”, showing that despite all the challenges that this little girl faced, she still found a way to love even those that she did not know.

One of my favorite parts of the app was all the interactions on each page – some of which were hidden and others that were generated by tapping on a paper flap or touching the various parts on the screen. The story is poignant and aimed at older children as well as adults who can understand what it is like to be in a large room of people, yet feel completely alone. The app helped me see the joy that simple things like nature can bring including ultimately a way to love others. The end of the story features snippets from the text that you can pull across to reveal scenes from the book which help you remember the story and brings you to my favorite part – the “love note”.

The app contains no external links, although it does contain information about the author and the reason that he wrote the book originally. This app is designed for older children as well as adults who will identify with the text as well as understanding the true meaning of love and the girls journey to find it.

In terms of improvements to the app, at times it was a bit hard to find all of the places you needed to touch for the story and reading the text was a bit off at times because it wasn’t easy to follow sequentially from left to right like traditional reading. I understand this is the style of the story, but having a narration to the story would be a delightful addition. I’d also love to customize the love note at the end of the story as well.

The app contains many new things that I find each time I open it. Although reading the story initially made me sad, it helped me to see how animated stories have grown from fifty years ago to today and is a beautiful adaptation of a story about love and a little girl sharing the news. This is a beautiful app and will always remind me of the simpler things in life. It’s a story of a little girl who teaches us that no matter what circumstances we face, love is unconditional and we should love each person as they are.


Love, The App
Love, The App
by Pablo Curti

Category: Books, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 200.48 MB

$4.99USD

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 Pregnancy & Baby | What to Expect By Everyday Health, Inc. – Review

Pregnancy & Baby | What to Expect By Everyday Health, Inc. – Review



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What we love…

Provides great information week by week on your pregnancy that is reliable and informative

What we’d love to see…

How to explain pregnancy to kids, a searchable listing of foods and medications during pregnancy

Summary

Thoughtful app that incorporates many of the things that you wish to know in pregnancy all in one spot

Our Rating

recommended-by-the-imums

From the makers of What to Expect When you are Expecting, comes “Pregnancy & Baby What to Expect”. This app designed for iOS features a week by week look at pregnancy which you can calculate using your due date and includes helpful tips, videos, foods that you can eat as well as a journal and access to online communities. This one size fits all app, provides a wealth of information all in your smartphone or tablet for you to view and review at your leisure including specific facts about your pregnancy that week, a video of what is going on during the week, common signs and symptoms an expecting mom can expect as well as access to online chat board communities.

The app provides information on a weekly basis that either compares your pregnancy to a fruit or vegetable. In addition, with the new update it includes a short video snippet of what to expect in the upcoming week as well as common symptoms and recommendations on articles to read as well as access to a journal where you can save pictures of your belly to do a slide show over time as well as access to a variety of online communities to talk with other pregnant mothers about a variety of topics. I also think it’s wonderful that the authors took a digital book and made it into an app so that you can have it in your pocket and at a glace learn the latest information about your pregnancy and how the baby is growing.

I would love to see a for kids section, as explaining pregnancy and growth to children is something they have many questions about.  In addition, a listing of safe foods or foods to avoid during pregnancy as well as medications would be a helpful supplement as well.

This app is definitely for parents and it contains external links (to articles), advertising as well as internet links to communities. There are no in-app purchases which lead to the iTunes library that I have found.

Pregnancy & Baby | What to Expect Pregnancy & Baby | What to Expect by Everyday Health, Inc.
Category: Health & Fitness, Lifestyle
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 120.85 MB

$FREE

Note: This app is not designed to replace your doctor – please be sure to discuss any concerns and questions about your pregnancy with your healthcare provider.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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