Monkey Word School Adventure
- letter or word recognition
- part-whole relationships
Key Standards Supported
Reading Foundational Skills
|RF.1: Phonics and Word recognition|
|RF.1.3||Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.|
|RF.1.3a||Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.|
|RF.1.3b||Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.|
|RF.K: Phonics and Word recognition|
|RF.K.3||Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.|
|RF.K.3a||Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or many of the most frequent sound for each consonant.|
|RF.K.1d||Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.|
No teacher dashboard, but teachers can customize certain games for up to three students or levels per device.
ProsDifficulty automatically increases based on performance, continuing the challenge.
ConsKids may eventually become bored with the repetitive activities.
Bottom LineAutomatic leveling and mix of phonics and sight words make this a great addition to any early reading toolkit.
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Activities are short enough to keep kids interested. Adding an object to the terrarium gives them motivation to complete the next one.
The mix of phonics and sight words gives kids a variety of decoding srategies they'll need as they build their reading skills.
The challenge levels increase based on user performance and can be adjusted in the settings. There's no data or progress screen to track kids' skill development.
Monkey Word School Adventure takes kids through six different activities to help them learn early reading skills through phonics and word groups. Kids enter or select their name, and the app guides them seamlessly through the activities led by a cute monkey in a jungle setting. Kids trace letters, go through a rhyming maze, find letters or sight words in flying objects, spell words (with or without hints), and find words in a word search. After each round, kids choose a plant or animal to add to their terrarium as a reward. Up to three different kids can have accounts on the game.Read More Read Less
The cute monkey is encouraging, and kids enjoy adding to their terrarium after they move through a round of activities. Each activity is short and moves automatically to the next challenge, so kids won't likely get bored. What really sets Monkey Word School Adventure apart, though, is the increasing challenge based on prior performance. If kids master finding letters in the dropping gems, the next round will give them words. If they master three-letter words, they'll quickly move on to blends and digraphs. The six games may get repetitive, but the customized adjustments in the difficulty level should keep kids interested. In settings, teachers can manually adjust the challenge level and turn off certain games if they want kids to focus on specific skills.Read More Read Less
Use Monkey Word School Adventure as a reading center activity for kids. Three kids can have accounts on one device, so if you have limited devices available, create the accounts based on reading group levels and set the challenge level appropriately in settings. Consider offering this app as a suggestion to parents for their kids to work on at home as well, since kids can use it independently. Wrong answers aren't accepted, so kids have to keep trying (with hints) until they get the word right, making it great for at-home practice.Read More Read Less