iPad App Review - Bud's Rhyming Words

~ Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 7:50 AM ~

I'm always on the look out for educational apps for our kiddos, especially one that our 5 years old boy (who is in preK this year) can use.

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* Title: Bud's Rhyming Words
* Price: $1.99
* Category: Education
* Released: July 18, 2014
* Version: 1.0.1
* Size: 32.7 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Nimble Minds LLC © 2013 Nimble Minds
* Rated: 4+
Made for Ages 6–8
* Requirements: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description from the product page:

"It’s rhyme time! Let the kids pick & click or catch the match in 3 wonderful rhyming games, which covers 40 word families through more than 225 words and pictures." 

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* There are 3 ryhming games in this app which you can play with to learn and reinforce your learning on word families and phonemic awareness.

* The illustrations are easy on the eyes and I like that the words used are simple to understand and learn from.

* Overall an educational and fun app for the kiddos!

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You can purchase the "Bud's Rhyming Words" app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"

Random Act of Kindness

~ Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 8:07 AM ~

We were out for our family dinner when our 2.5 years old Alyson suddenly wanted to go to the restroom to pee. I took her to the restroom in the restaurant and the moment we walked into the aisle towards the restroom section, I saw a pregnant lady waiting for her turn outside the female's restroom. There is only 1 room for female and 1 room for male.

I thought of asking the lady whether we could jump queue seeing our girl is getting restless (she really needs to pee) but I looked at the heavily pregnant lady and remembered I used to be like that - 3 times... and every single time I wanted to use the public restroom when I was pregnant, was kinda urgent and if I have to go, I have to go. I mean, if you have been pregnant, you would certainly know that our bladder can't store much pee when your baby is pressing heavily on you as you get into the later pregnancy stage.

Yes, I do know that little children's bladder are small too and they can't control their pee long but looking on at the pregnant lady and remembering back my pregnancies experiences, I hesitated asking the pregnant lady. And so I carried our girl and gently whispered to her to hold her pee, I kept distracting her so she won't think about her strong urge to pee until her turn to use the restroom.

Then the person in the female's restroom got out and I told myself 'Okay, okay, we just gotta wait through this pregnant lady and prays I won't get peed on so fast!' when suddenly, the pregnant lady looked at me and said 'You guys go first!'

Oh my...

I am stunned.

What a random act of kindness.

Unexpected.

Totally and deeply appreciated.

I thanked her profusely and quickly brought our girl in and helped her out. All done in less than 1 minute.

When we got out, I thanked the pregnant lady again for her kindness.

May God bless her and her loved ones!

** Further reading:

  • Luke 6:38 (NIV) ~ Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

  • Colossians 3:12 (NIV) ~ Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

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iPad App Review - Alphabet of Space - Smithsonian Alphabet Books

~ Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 7:27 AM ~

A cool new learning app from Smithsonian! I think it is great to be able to review this app as I get to introduce ABCs to our 2.5 years old girl and reinforce this for our 5 years old boy who is already learning this in his preK.

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* Title: Alphabet of Space - Smithsonian Alphabet Books
* Price: $1.99
* Category: Books
* Released: June 19, 2014
* Version: 2.6.1
* Size: 51.5 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+
Made for Ages 6–8
* Requirements: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description from the product page:

"Get ready… blast off! Explore outer space with fun rhymes and colorful illustrations in this one of a kind Alphabet of Space storybook app from Smithsonian! From Astronaut to Zenith, and everything in between, there is so much for kids to learn about the universe." 

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* This app is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also touch the objects in each page on the screen and the words pop out to tell you what it is!

* There are some new words that I myself get to learn too! Now who says this app is just for kiddos?!

* This particular page reminded me of a short presentation that our 5 years old boy did when we celebrated his birthday in his preK few months ago. All his classmates sat on the floor in a big circle with a yellow printed sun in the center and our boy, holding a plastic globe ball circled the sun slowly, 5 times, each time to signify a year passed. So, 5 times, 5 years, his birthday this year. Nice!

* There are options to go to other alphabets instead of going through one by one.

* I like that there is an option to use new narrator's voice (aka me!)

* Overall an educational and fun app for the kiddos while learning about space!

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You can purchase the "Alphabet of Space - Smithsonian Alphabet Books" app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"