What is it? An app which tests children’s ability to tell the time.
Cost: £1.49 on iTunes
Ideal for: All ages
The wolf is well-drawn, well-voiced and there is smooth jazz music, which makes it cool, although not particularly fun.
Able to fine tune it to exactly suit the learner’s level.
Should last a few years, since parents can make it harder as your child’s ability to tell the time increases.
Why it’s good for dyslexics:
Dyslexics commonly struggle with learning to tell the time and, typically, it can be a long process. It may be hard for a dyslexic child to instantly know which way to ‘go round’ the clock face and which hand is which.
Telling the time also means switching to a different counting system. Here, we use ‘base 60’, where a unit is 60 (60 minutes in an hour; 60 seconds in a minute). Dyslexic children often struggle with concepts that have more than one name, such as 8:45 is the same as ‘quarter to nine’.
- Doesn’t look too childish
- Adjust the level of difficulty, with 2-8 possible answers
- Set it to use words or numbers or a mix
- Choose a mix or work on specific times (e.g. o’clock, half past, 5 past, 25 to, etc.)
- Sometimes freezes
- Can’t work on telling the time to the nearest minute
In a nutshell:
A cheap, long-lasting app, which you can set to exactly the right skill level. A little dull, but looks and sounds grown-up.