Pair Up - Language Development, Theory Of Mind, Visual Perception, Quantitative Reasoning And Associative Thinking - Cool Preschool Matching Brain Puzzles, by Remarkable Games, has many interesting features. Visual perception, both basic and advanced, quantitative reasoning, basic and advanced, as well as associative thinking, basic and advanced are covered. I found that this app would be incredibly helpful to a speech-language therapist in tracking IEP goals. This would also be a wonderful activity in a regular classroom set up as a station, as it meets those important core standards. For example, under visual perception, there is an activity to complete a square. There are four choices. For young children, this can be incredibly helpful to complete this activity, as teachers know this is a prerequisite to learning letters. If the child gets the wrong answer, they are told to try again, and after a set of twelve, a celebration starts. Patterning is also covered as a preview for learning numbers. One of the activities under quantitative thinking is unique, as the child has to match the same number and shape, but it may be a different color, using a higher level of thinking.
Associative thinking has many activities such as matching an animal tail and head, matching an animal to his home, and opposites. This generates many opportunities for therapists and/or parents to ask questions and create a rich oral learning environment that is so critical to students learning how to read. There is also a hint section to show a child what to do if they become stuck. This app has a free version and the paid version is $1.99. Try before you buy is the best kind of app!
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Ann Francis is a die hard special education teacher of who believes everyone can learn. She has been using iPads in the classroom for three years and it has totally changed the way she instructs. Ann also offers professional development on collecting data with apps, training teachers on apps and using the iPad.