Developed by: PBS Kids
Super Why! allows kids to play four different mini-games based around reading, spelling, rhyming, and letters -- each featuring a different character from the Super WHY! TV series. Each successful game will earn players a virtual sticker that they can use in a design-a-scene bonus game. The games featured in this app include Super Why's Story Saver, Princess Presto's Wands Up Writing, Wonder Red's Rhyming Time, and Alpha Pig's Lickety Letter Hunt. (Common Sense Media)
Prepare to use this app by using any of the following activities:
- Fun with Illustrations! One of the activities in this app will ask your child to use clues from the pictures to fill in the missing words in the story sentences. Prepare your child for this by having them grab some of their favorite books and ask them to closely explore the illustrations. What do they see? What is happening? What do they like about the illustrations?
- Shaving Cream Letters! Create a fun sensory activity for your child by putting shaving cream on a large plate or cookie tray and ask them to trace out upper and lowercase letters to prepare for the writing and spelling component of this app.
Help your child get the most out this app experience by trying any of the following activities:
- Rhyming Fun! One of the games featured in this app allows your child to practice identifying rhyming words. Challenge them to come up with even more rhyming words than shown on the app, or as many rhyming pairs as they can think of. Rhyming is an important skill because it teaches children how language works. It helps them notice and work with the sounds within words and helps children experience the rhythm of language.
- Words, Words, So Many Words! In Alpha Pig’s Lickety Letter Hunt, your child will be asked to identify particular letters. When your child identifies a letter, have them brainstorm as many words as they can that also start with this letter. Help them to incorporate new words into their vocabulary by adding new words to their list.
Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:
- Write On! Have your child create and illustrate their very own short story that features some of the words they saw or heard while playing with this app. Have them recite the story for you to record or challenge them to write it out themselves. Tell them not to worry about spelling right now, encouraging them to sound out words, have fun, and letting them know that you will help them with spelling later. Encourage your child to share their work with friends or family.
- Read On! Now that your child has had the time to practice letter/word recognition and spelling, have them choose a few of their favorite books to practice their decoding and reading skills. Point to certain words and have your child sound them out. If they are struggling, breakdown the word into parts and help them to decode. Another option is to read each sentence while having them point to the words they hear you saying.