While Talking Shapes is designed to give Preschoolers and Kindergarteners a head start on mastering reading, it could probably be used on slightly older kids who struggle with reading. My son turns 8 in 2 weeks, but he is immature for his age. While many parts of the app were enjoyable for him, there were times that he complained that it was too babyish for him. Babyish or not, it has definitely been beneficial to him as far as reading goes. We were already making progress in the area of reading and phonics, but after using the app, his reading seems more intuitive and less forced. He doesn’t seem to be struggling as much either (which makes this mamas heart super happy)!
I’m a big fan of this app. While it was at times to young for my son, I can’t argue with the results. He enjoyed playing on the iPad. I enjoyed watching him learn. And we’re all enjoying the improved reading we’ve seen in the last 5 weeks. I’m going to continue to use this with him to see if his reading continues to improve!