Noodle Words presents early learners with 18 verbs in action. Two adorable bugs introduce one word at a time by saying it out loud, then the word performs the action the word names. The graphics are top rate, well executed, and brightly colored. Highly motivational, the bugs and the actions are certain to elicit children’s giggles. The more each word is tapped the more action the user generates. Tapping the word dance makes all the letters dance to a snappy instrumental. Consistently tapping the word grow makes a vine grow all over the page.
What would make this 5 stars? More words. I know these apps are expensive to make but I would rather have more words at a higher price. As an educator I also want to know why these specific words were chosen. For beginning readers the words have nothing in common other than they are verbs. High frequency words that beginning readers are likely to see a lot in their reading such as eat and run, are accompanied by sparkle andstretch – words that young readers are not likely to see until second grade.
Putting that aside the app was rated among the Best Apps for Children – End of the Year Edition by the New York Times as well winning a KAPi (Kids at Interactive Play) award from Children’s Technology review.
Written by Katherine Page Burdick
I have been an educator for over thirty years. I started teaching in the first grade classroom that I student taught in. I believe that people learn by doing so I set up my classroom as an exploratorium - constructing activities that enabled children to discover their learning. After teaching for a number of years I wanted to bring the activities I had developed to a larger audience so I went into educational publishing. I spent the next 25 years in and out of teaching and school administration and educational publishing - trying to keep my pulse on it all. For the past four years I have been infatuated by the possibilities of technology and have been the Director of Development for a company that creates educational content for the K-6 market that is delivered over the web. I write about how education is changing due to new technologies and I review the technologies that facilitate that change. Follow me on Twitter @ iAppleLearner