Sweet Pea has been enjoying Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree by Star Toaster. Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree is an app for an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 8.4 or later. We used an iPad for the review.
Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree is an interactive program. When you first open the app you will be brought to the map of the land. To enter Tangletree you must click on the Tangletree tree, which is on the left side. Your student is brought to the last spot in the book that they were at. From there they can either continue reading the book or go anywhere else Tangletree.
At the top of the screen it will show who is logged in, where you are at in Tangletree, and can click on the menu. At the bottom you see the goal your student is working towards and how many stars has been earned and needs to complete the next goal. In Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree, Sweet Pea is earning stars to buy things such as flour, water, clothes, dishes, etc for the orphans who live there. Below the goal there are buttons to go to the map, book, Stumptown, and the tree to view the orphanage goals.
You can add additional users or change users, view the student’s work and progress, view the Table of Contents, watch a getting started video, view the orphanage goals, and more in the menu. Adding a new user is very simple. You click on add, type their name, click continue and that’s it. When you need to switch to another child you go to the menu, click on add or change users, and select the child’s name. When you click on the back button their account with automatically load. I like their Table of Contents! If you have not completed all of the chapters you can easily tell which chapter you are working on. The completed chapters are lit up! When you view your student’s work it is broken down into the different subjects. It will tell you how many lessons and jobs that are available and when you expand the subject it will give you the information on how many lessons have been completed and how many jobs were completed correctly and incorrectly. The progress page is just a brief description of how many total lessons and jobs completed, gold stars earned, pages read, and goals achieved.
The story is 23 chapters and 122 pages long. Your student will do much more than practicing their reading skills. They will work on math, science, grammar, vocabulary, thinking skills, character, life skills, and the arts while completing reading the story and completing the activities. Throughout the chapters there are links that link up to job training and links that expand definitions of vocabulary words. There is no sound in the app and children who are beginning readers may struggle with any unknown words.
When your student visits Stumptown, they will see eight buildings. The buildings are Beaver Builders, Brainstormers Inc, Cricket Cards, Woodland Watchers, Pinecone Publishers, Woodland Scurrier, Gopher Gifts and Supplies, and Critter Café. This is where your student goes to earn their gold stars to buy things for the orphans through the help wanted icons. Your student can also access the job trainings from here. The program does not require the student to complete job trainings before answering the questions in help wanted. However, I highly suggest the student complete job training before answering the help wanted questions because they only get one chance of answering the questions to earn gold stars. If they answer the question incorrectly, it is marked wrong and the student cannot try again or earn any gold stars.
Sweet Pea enjoyed playing Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree. As a parent, I enjoyed the set up. Star Toaster made it very user friend for both the children and parents. With not needing sound for anything other than the getting started video the app could be played virtually anywhere. I look forward to seeing additional adventures that they come out with!