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Jitta Bug Learning Center is a STEAM School. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. With the help of Common Sense Media our teachers are more in-tuned with the students needs and interest and how to use the internet correctly. Our Educators are also Common Sense Certified Educators and we currently working towards making our school a Common Sense Certified School. Below you will find an explanation on what Common Sense Media is, tips on how to use the internet, and important information for parents to learn how to keep their child safe while on the internet.

What apps help boost language skills?

There are many apps to help kids boost their language skills, and they often offer different levels for different abilities. Lessons range from early phonics to letter recognition to story comprehension. Parents can track a child's progress on many of the apps. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Endless Alphabet (iOS, Android). Engaging animations demonstrate the meanings of words in an unforgettable way.

  • Elmo Loves ABCs for iPad (iOS). Teaches the alphabet with tracing, puzzles, videos, and songs.  Offers several modes of play for different learning styles.

  • Starfall ABCs (iOS, Android). An in-depth alphabet-teaching app that presents each letter in a wide variety of ways: visually, audibly, and within words and sentences.

  • Speech with Milo: Interactive Storybook (iOS). Created by a speech therapist, this app encourages kids to interact with the story and be creative in developing stories of their own.

  • Monkey Preschool Lunchbox (iOS, Android). Kids can learn basic preschool concepts such as colors, shapes, fruits, counting, bigger/smaller, and solving simple puzzles.

  • Kids ABC Phonics (Android). Helps early readers practice letter recognition by matching the letter they identify to the proper phonetic sound in a fun bubble-popping game

Vicki Windman contributed to this article.

Common Sense Media

   Common Sense is dedicated to helping students thrive in a world of media and technology.  Common Sense empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

         Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today -- especially our children’s.  Students today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.  Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. But parents, teachers, and policymakers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn.  Now more than ever, they need a trusted guide to help them navigate a world where change is the only constant. 

       Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  Our Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age. 

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