One of the most challenging parts of parenting is teaching important values in a way that isn’t preachy or makes you sound like a broken record. As a parent, I’m always trying to find ways to instill values like kindness and confidence in my almost tween daughter and draw on a variety of strategies to ensure that she hears these messages not only from me, but also through products with positive messaging.
The new Alexandra Rain app for iOS devices follows the journey of a fashionable 8 year old girl named Alexandra Rain. Alexandria Rain (Alex for short) calls herself a “super model extraordinare” and while this may be initially off-putting, the term “model” also means “role model” through positive behavior rather than the model walks the runway touting high fashion.
This isn’t to say that Alex isn’t a fashionista! She is and the fashion part kicks off the story as users dress Alex for the day by selecting apparel and accessories. But the app is about more than fashion. There’s educational value in the interactive elements.
Words scroll on the screen and are highlighted as they are read to reinforce sight word vocabulary in elementary readers. Kids can tap on any of the items on the screen to watch pillows fly through the air, drawers open and close, or hear Alex say reaffirming messages of confidence. Navigating through the story is easy thanks to arrow buttons on the left or right side of the screen to page forward or backwards.
Alexandra Rain Friends to the Rescue is first story in the series, Alex demonstrates her own courage during a typical day at school where her courage is tested by her older brother before she leaves for school where she has to give a speech to her class.
Alexandra Rain features positive messaging that encourages girls to be who they are. From being a princess, rock and roll superstar, tomboy, sports diva, Alex lets girls know it’s great to be smart and ok to be a role model for peers who shares kind virtues such as love, peace, strength and courage,
Summary: While Alexandra Rain is 8, I think girls ages 6 and up would enjoy the app. The dress up part is engaging and immediately draws users into the story but I appreciate the positive messaging beyond the accessories and glitter. Having words highlighted as they are read are a big plus in my book but I wish the Comic Sans-like font was a little easier to read for emerging readers. Alexandra Rain is $1.99 from iTunes.
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- Read reviews about the Alexandra Rain App on iTunes: http://bit.ly/AlexRainApp
- Visit the Alexandra Rain website http://alexandrarain.com
- Follow @Alexandra_Rain on Twitter
- Take a look at the Alexandra Rain Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AlexandraRainSeries
I was compensated for my time in reviewing the Alexandra Rain app and sharing this giveaway but all opinions are my own. Amazon Affiliate link included in this post.