Last spring Youngest was introduced to the Orphs of the Woodlands via a computer program review. He enjoyed his time with the program, and was happy to have the opportunity to review a coordinating app produced by Star Toaster, Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree.
The app is similar in some aspects to the program. but there is also some variation on the theme.
The story may be a little longer and more complex than the one in the computer program, a quick read for advanced readers, but a bit slower for those who are learning how to read, or working on those skills. There are 18 chapters in this particular Woodland Adventure. When I handed the ipad over to my son, he was very pleased, and read it through in fairly short order, even with the included lessons and jobs to complete.
If your child ever forgets what Lessons they may have learned, and how many stars they have earned, they can figure it out by stopping by any one of the tiny houses in Stumptown (Shown in the graphic to the left-hand side). Each house shows the number of stars that can be collected through completing those Lessons and Jobs.
Following are screenshots of some of the Lessons, and Jobs:
There is also information for the child, to show him his current goal:
You can get a feel for the story itself with the following excerpt:
I honestly currently have no "cons" to list for the Orphs of the Woodlands and Tangletree, other than maybe that it is hard to figure out if jobs can be attempted after failing them once. It would be nice to see that become a possibility. I haven't run into it as many times this year as last (hey! The boy is learning! Hurrah!, but in the real world people are given 2nd chances (usually).
Because he finished this story so fast, Youngest has been anxiously awaiting the stories that we understand will be available soon. He can't wait to read another installment (In-app purchases are available as soon as they are published.
Not So Nutty Nitty Gritty
- Company: Star Toaster
- Product: Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree
- Ages: 9-11 years old
- Price: $1.99 at the App Store
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