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Detailed Review of Chore Pad App & Giveaway Extended

We have had this App for almost two months now and it is one of the most used Apps in our family. It has taken me this long to write a review because I wanted to make sure I was writing a review that honestly portrayed the pluses and minuses of the Chore Pad, as I see them. Please note ~ Nannek has amazing customer service and you will receive a response almost immediately regarding any problems, questions or comments you may have. They also welcome any ideas for improvement, so I will share with you in the future how the Chore Pad improves/changes as time progresses.

This is an app that can be used for any member in your home that you need to instill with independence. Chore Pad allows you to input all of your own information; so if you are working on a skill, such as having your teen brush his teeth three times daily; you can set up the Chore Pad accordingly. You also have the ability to download your own ‘avatar’ for each person you add to Chore Pad.

Chore Pad’s creators, Nannek, have installed some basic pictures that can be used and I also added pictures on our Chore Pad using the Emoji App. This helped me to personalize my son’s chores with creative pictures that help him to understand the expectations that were placed on him with each specific chore.

You are able to enter your own rewards, in the reward chest, that your teen will happily work toward. I like that my son is given immediate feedback, without my verbal input! As he checks off each item he completes, he sees and hears his points/stars add up.

As the parent, you can select if you want or don’t want your teen to choose his payouts. I have this enabled in our Chore Pad to give my son a sense of control when it comes to earning his rewards from the chest.

Please note, this app does sync across devices, but you must first purchase an app for your different devices. For example, if you have an Iphone and an Ipad, and you download Chore Pad on your Iphone it will not sync with your Ipad unless you also purchase the Ipad App (Chore PadHD). The added benefit of being able to sync all information from each device used by those in your family is priceless. I feel that the benefits of owning Chore Pad outweigh the cost of purchasing the different Apps.

Some of the areas that make it a challenge for us are:

1) There is no way to ‘really’ lock the app from being changed by the user. As my technically gifted son quickly showed me, one can just go to the app listed in the settings portion of your device and change all of the settings. If your teen is even slightly technically gifted, he will be able to add/delete points, rewards, chores, to sync or not to sync & change the password so you, the parent, can’t get in. 🙂

Nannek’s response: As for locking the app – you are correct – this is where we use to change the settings from back in the day – before we had a “landing page” or settings section in the Chore Pad app itself. Right now we have a release in the queue that is bringing 30 more icons to Chore Pad. Once that is approved by Apple we will be doing another quick update (before the big one with the ability to add your own photos) with minor tweeks and we will add the removal of the options in the settings area on the iPhone/iPad in this update.

2) Once you set up the order of the Chore Pad according to your desires, there is no way to lock the app so that the chores are not moved around on the user’s page. My son has accidentally moved chores by trying to scroll through the chores and the chore he has his finger on has moved with his finger! I also ran across the same issue. This was very frustrating since I spent a great deal of time setting up his chores in a logical manner; to make it easier for him to find the chores he needs to do on which days.

Nannek’s response: We have never seen this as a problem because you can only move the chores by holding the grippy on the right of the chore- we have never had anyone mention this was an issue, but we can definitely add this as a feature in the settings in the near future.

3) There is no way to print out the chores to have a paper copy that you can post in your teen’s room to help him remember what he needs to do daily.

Nannek’s response: Chore Pad does not have printing capability built in. This is something we plan to add as a feature sometime this year. There are currently two options for workaround to this:

1. If you own an Air Print-compatible printer you can take a screenshot (hold the top button and then press the home button) and then send that picture to the printer via AirPrint. Here is a link to Apple’s page on Air Print, with a list of compatible printers: http://www.apple.com/ipad/features/airprint.html

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2. You can you can take a screenshot then e-mail yourself the photo, then print that way.

4) No capability to download your own pictures for chores.

Nannek’s response: This is something we are working on as I write this :)….

5) No capability to set timers so your teen can automatically know how much more time he has to finish a chore or all of his chores. I got around this fact by putting my son’s chores in order using characters from the Emoji App. So, for chores that need completing by 7AM Monday – Friday, I put a shooting star in front of and list the time 7AM with each chore, etc. Sounds a little confusing, I know, but it makes sense to my son and I and it has helped him to become more independent with his daily chores.

Nannek’s response: The timer is something we have on our list to add also – we hope to add this by the end of the year too!

If you have doubts as to whether or not you want to add Chore Pad to your repertoire of Apps, there is a lite version available for free. This doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the full App but it does give you a realistic feel for how you can use the App to make life easier for you and your teen.

Thank you Nannek for this creative and helpful App that has made the life of my family easier and not so full of stress when chore time approaches! I’m looking forward to seeing how you improve this App and for other Apps you will create that will be just as, if not more, helpful.

~ CLOSED ~

~ Chore Pad Iphone/Ipod App Giveaway ~

All 3 Codes Donated By Nannek!

How To Enter To Win:

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How To Find Out If You Are A Winner:

TIME EXTENDED: The 3 Giveaway winners will be announced; via email; between 9am – 5pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.  Winners will have until noon, EST, on March 23, 2012 to contact me! Once you contact me, I will email you your code and announce your first name only, on this page; as a winner.  

Thanks for entering!! Good Luck & God Bless!🙂

IF YOU ARE A WINNER, I MUST HEAR FROM YOU BY NOON (EST) ON FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012 OR I WILL HAVE TO CHOOSE ANOTHER WINNER!


Cozmo’s Day Off

Good Morning folks!! I just HAD to share this book with you! I know – it says it’s a CHILDREN’S book and this website is about teens BUT my son and I LOVE this book!!! It is extremely interactive with many little games interwoven within the pages.  

The characters allow you to interact with them and the other details on each page.  I must admit, I read it first and I was laughing so hard that my son came in from the living room to see what I was doing.  He cuddled up next to me and couldn’t resist touching the screen on the last page of the story.  We then started at the beginning of the story and it has now become a favorite for the family!  It’s on both of our Iphones so we can giggle or relax on a whim ~ just by pulling up this app.

iPhone Screenshot 1

Cozmo’s Day Off is the story of a galactic traveler’s exciting journey.  Animated elements, games, voices, and sound  effects will immerse children into Cozmo’s wondrous universe, while hidden surprises abound for the diligent seeker.                    ~Ayars Animation

At the time of this writing, the full app costs $3.99 but you can also ‘purchase’ the lite app for free.  But, with the lite app, only the first page is animated.  Too bad not all book apps are this interactive and fun!! Go ahead, download and try it out.  You WILL NOT regret it.  

Thank you Ayars Animation for creating a clean, interesting, engaging app!  We can’t wait for you to create more book apps!             

{Please click here to purchase the app.} 

Multiplying Acorns

My son struggles with retaining basic math facts, telling time and using money.  Multiplying Acorns by Operatio Apps is a fun and attractive game full of realistic 3D acorns and squirrels.  The ability to switch  the math levels and speed is quickly and easily done through the edit screen.  I like that I can also give my son a timed quiz to help him with his speed in processing the answers.  

OperatioApps shares that those who play this app will:  

LEARN HOW TO:

~Multiply from 1×1 up to 9×9

~Visualize multiplication and grouping concepts

~Understand multiplication conceptually

~Develops Conceptual Understanding

~Builds Confidence


As I have watched my son play this app several times, I feel that it will develop his fine motor skills and his ability to recall basic facts. It has tapped into his love of learning through the creativity of an electronic device (Iphone/Ipad/Laptop) that he takes with him everywhere!  

Thank you OperatioApps for making a creative and enjoyable math game.  I’m looking forward to using more of your apps to help my son independently grow; academically and socially.   


Rainbow Sentences from Mobile Education

Thank you A4cwsn facebook moderators for hosting Kyle from Mobile Education!  I was able to get some first hand knowledge on his many different apps.  Today, I am sharing a video that will help you with this app.

If you have a child/teen that is having great difficulty with building sentences that make sense, this is the app for you.  As Kyle states on his website

They (the Mobile Education Apps) are being used by educators to help kids who are struggling with syntax or narrative skills, healthcare professionals working with special needs children, teachers in ESL classrooms and parents of kids who just need a bit of extra help.  All the apps engage the visual, audio and tactile senses, helping students learn faster and retain what they’ve learned.

While these apps were initially built to assist children with higher function autism, the ease of use, positive reinforcers and engaging graphics and animations make them a great tool for anyone working on building language fundamentals. ~ Kyle Tomson – Founder’ 

This app is very creative.  Please watch and let me know what you think; and don’t forget to share my blog with your friends.  

Have a blessed day!

Rainbow Sentences Introduction – YouTube.

Math Duel for iPad on the iTunes App Store

This app is FANTASTIC if your teen enjoys competition. Math Duel splits the screen in half allowing a competition that rivals any other game.  You control the math problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and also the difficulty level.  My son enjoys trying to beat me and doesn’t even realize that he is learning basic facts and figuring out problems in his head in record time!  Definitely a game worth having in your arsenal of math apps.  Thank you www.elliesgames.com for inventing such an exciting app! 😉

Math Duel for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Language Arts 1st-6th Grade Digital Workbooks – Space Board Single Subject Series for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Please read what I wrote for Space Boards App. below. space-boards.com

Language Arts 1st-6th Grade Digital Workbooks – Space Board Single Subject Series for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Math 1st-6th Grade Digital Workbooks – Space Board Single Subject Series for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Though expensive, Space Boards have many details that are helpful to children and teens.  It would be nice if one could purchase each subject for a smaller age group; such as 1st-2nd grade, etc.  Perhaps with it broken down that way, the developer wouldn’t have to charge $19.99 per app.  Check this app out and let me know what you think!  Thanks.   space-boards.com

Math 1st-6th Grade Digital Workbooks – Space Board Single Subject Series for iPad on the iTunes App Store.