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Dyslexia Resources Reviewed: What Time Is it Mr. Wolf? App

What Time Is it Mr. Wolf? App

What is it? An app which tests children’s ability to tell the time.

Cost: £1.49 on iTunes

Ideal for: All ages

A smooth wolf jazzes up learning to tell the time

Fun factor: 2 stars
The wolf is well-drawn, well-voiced and there is smooth jazz music, which makes it cool, although not particularly fun.

Educational value: 5 stars
Able to fine tune it to exactly suit the learner’s level.

Longevity: 4 stars
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’.

Good points:

  • Cheap
  • Long-lasting
  • 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.)

Bad points:

  • Repetitive
  • 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.

Follow Holly Swinton:
Holly is a mum, a teacher, an author, a public speaker – and a proud dyslexic. She is the author of Defeat Dyslexia!: The Parents' Guide to Understanding Your Child's Dyslexia.

  1. […] My favourite ipad app. is What’s the Time Mr Wolf (by Teacher’s Pet) because you can specify how many options, which times you want to select and choose words or numbers or both. Click here for my review. […]

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