Any investigation on the topic of emotions will deduce that the more emotionally and socially stable a child is, the more likely that they will be more successful and thrive into healthy happy successful adults. Through the years Teachers With Apps has seen some brilliant apps for social and emotional learning. Here are some of our favorites:
Avokiddo Emotions – Playful learning for kids, by Avokiddo, is a brilliant new app by the developers of the much loved and ever so popular, Beck and Bo. Avokiddo Emotions provides over-the-top fun and is an extraordinary educational tool to help kids develop their social and emotional awareness. This app never ceases to amuse and delight youngsters (and adults) while delivering FUN, FUN, FUN in an open-ended play style. This app incorporates prime activities to help children understand the cause and effect of the subtleties of facial expressions. READ full review
Wince – Don’t Feed The WorryBug, by iMaginemachine, written and illustrated by Andi Green, is an outstanding new storybook app. Worrying is an ultra-important theme and very apropos topic for today’s world. The WorryWoos is a new series of books and toys created especially to promote emotional wellness in children. Wince is appealing to a broad range of ages and each individual will take away something different. Wince’s journey of self-awareness helps him overcome his worries and banish the WorryBug. He’s a character that will inspire anyone who’s ever had a worry no matter how old they are.
Wee You-Things, by Wee Society LLC, is exactly the kind of book we need to read to our children to help instill 21st-century character traits of acceptance. This HAPPY interactive book encourages us all to appreciate and celebrate the differences in people. We were so delighted when we came across this app, every element in this simple read is stunning and the message so poignant! Their splendid graphics and insightful message are combined with the insanely great storytelling technologies of the iPad, making this an app you won’t want to miss.
Middle School Confidential 3: What’s Up with My Family?, by Electric Eggplant, written by the award winning tween/teen author Annie Fox, is a perfect addition to the previous two Middle School Confidential graphic novel apps. All of the same characters return, and the story lines evolve around family dynamics and the differing difficulties they are all dealing with. The themes cover everyday issues such as family configuration, difficulty with acceptance of family rules, the trials, and tribulations involved in gaining independence and guides to help kids resolve conflicts. Challenges involve sibling rivalry, divorce, bullying, and the general difficulties of growing up. READ full review
I Can Do Apps has a suite of apps available that helps teach children about emotions. These educational tools designed in collaboration with a Speech Language Pathologist. These apps are designed to work on identifying, developing understanding and increasing interpretation of feelings. Emotions from I Can Do Apps focuses on helping individuals identify different facial expressions using real faces and test understanding of emotions in a non-threatening way via scenarios. Emotions 2 includes more complex emotions including - tired, calm, grumpy, excited, proud, sick, bored and frustrated. Identifying, understanding, and responding to emotions are very important skills for individuals to develop in order to behave and interact appropriately in social situations. These skills help individuals to develop relationships with others, identify feelings in themselves and others. Taking perspective /using theory of mind is a complex skill for individuals with social language/pragmatic deficits. Also see Emotions Flashcards and Baby Emotions, both from I Can Do Apps.
WHY PARENTS AND TEACHERS LOVE THIS APP
✔ The app is super easy to customize so you and adjust everything to your liking
✔ You can turn individual concepts ON or OFF and introduce one new emotion at a time
✔ The app is super easy to use for kids of all ages and all abilities
✔ You can add new concepts (emotions, actions, etc.) in one click
WHY KIDS WILL LOVE IT TOO
✔ 100+ gorgeous photos keep kids engaged and wanting more
✔ The app if fun, simple, and easy to use
✔ Kids love hearing everything in mommy's or daddy's voice
✔ Wrong answers do not interfere with gameplay