Thursday, July 28, 2016

Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree - A Review of Star Toaster

You guys should know me well enough by now to know that I love it when a product comes along that feels like a fun game to my kids, but they are actually learning from it.  That is exactly what we received when we were recently given the app, Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree from Star Toaster to download and use to review.  Little Miss was excited to find out what this app was all about.
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We had never heard of Star Toaster before this review so I decided to see what they are all about.  I found out that Star Toaster believes that character defines success so their programs are designed so that children are learning while having positive character traits instilled in them.  Wow!  Isn't that we all want to do as parents?  I love that this is what this company is all about.  Their Orphs of the Woodlands program, which has multiple parts, is designed so that children master a variety of subjects and develop leadership skills while learning.
The Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree is a 122 page interactive, illustrated chapter book.  This iOS app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and it is made for children ages 9-11.  This storybook includes 75 lessons on math, science, grammar, vocabulary, thinking skills, life skills, and the arts.  There are over 130 "jobs" for children to test their skills on.  There is an area where you can view your child's progress and get reports on their work.  It is only $1.99 in the App Store and it can be used for an unlimited number of children.
Little Miss was very excited to get going on this app.  This story is all about Abba the Flying Squirrel who takes care of six orphs in his tree fort, Tangletree.  The orphs are orphaned critters from the Woodlands and it was her job to help take care of them.  As she read through the chapters of the book she learned all about them and what kinds of things they needed to be taken care of.  Through the reading she would click on an interactive links that would teach her lessons so she could complete the jobs in the Woodlands.  When she completed jobs she would earn stars which she could use to buy supplies that the orphs needed.
Little Miss had a great time reading the story and completing the jobs to help Abba the Flying Squirrel.  Almost every time she worked on this app, I heard her giggling at the story, thinking about new words she was learning, and she would tell me facts that she learned in the job training that is included to complete the jobs.  Don't worry the job training and jobs are not difficult, they are just helping your child learn the information needed and then checking what they learned.  She learned more about compound words, weather, similes, vocabulary, and more.  She loved completing the jobs and telling us all about what she used her stars to buy for the orphs.  She LOVES animals so this story was very, very exciting and the jobs were fun for her.  She has completed about 3/4 of this app already and never complained when I told her to grab the iPad.  I really appreciated the character traits that were highlighted and taught in this program.  I like that the story pointed out the character traits out and how the characters in the story used them.  I felt it was a safe app for her to work on by herself and I didn't have to worry about what she was being taught.  Even though Little Miss is a little younger than the recommended ages for this app, she was able to complete everything on her own.  She did ask a few questions to make sure she understood what she read, but it was not too hard for her in any way.  I also really appreciated that this app felt like a game to her and it kept her interested.  She has already asked if once she completes Tangletree, we can get the next part.
We are definitely fans of Star Toaster and their Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree story.  Little Miss will finish it up and I am sure she will go back and play it again.  You can find more information on Star Toaster at their website and you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.  You can find Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree in the App Store for just $1.99.  Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew have been reviewing this product too so click the banner below to read their thoughts.
Orphs of the Woodlands at Tanglegate Review


  1. Hi Cassandra,
    Thank you for your amazing review of "Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree". It was fun to read! We especially appreciated that you took the time to find out about our company's core values and how much we value character. Your review was very professional and thorough. Your layouts were wonderful! Loved your photos of Little Miss using the app. Please tell her how much we appreciated her help, too.
    Your friends,
    The Star Toaster Team

    P.S. We're fans of your blog!

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I am honored and humbled that you read my review. I love sharing great, fun products that teach values and yours fits this perfectly.


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