Given my love for anything Naija, I decided to make this review about an app that was made-by-a-Nigerian ^_^
The Android app by name JumpingMonkey ABC is an ABC Game app for Nigerian kids within the age range of 1 – 4 years. The app is very basic and it can help teach children to learn their alphabets in a fun way! Another innovative thing the app brings to the table (which I think is its USP – Unique Selling Point) is the ability to teach a kid ABCs in their local dialect, for now, they have the popular local languages such as Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba.
HOW DOES IT WORK
Simple, It is a mini- game where the kids help the monkey get bananas by ensuring they select the right alphabet from the options provided, any wrong alphabet selected would make the monkey stay in the same spot, the kid has to do this till he/she finishes the alphabets.
I really think this is a great way for Nigerians to teach children not only English alphabets but also local languages. You would all agree with me that this is lacking in the Nigerian educational system, the Nigerian kids of nowadays can barely speak their local languages!
However, here are some things I found lacking in the app.
1. Easy Navigation:
I wanted to go back and choose other languages especially Igbo to see if I can get the Igbo alphabets X_X, however, I noticed that I would need to go back to my home screen, quit the app from the background, and reselect the app again, this can be very frustrating.
The Nigerian kids of the 21st century are already introduced to very challenging games – So, I wish the app can have various levels of challenge, probably include a timer to ensure the kid is excited to play the game. Also, I noticed that when you select the wrong alphabet, you are not penalized (maybe making the monkey go a step backward) – If you’ve ever played Mavis beacon teaches typing you should know what I mean. (See a Mavis beacon image below)
With that said, I think JumpingMonkey ABC is really great. Why not try out the app and let me know if you find any flaw I didn’t see. To download, click here.
If you have any kids with you, you can also let them try their hands on it and tell me what they experienced when playing.