Like the computer based program, the app also has highlighted words that your child can click on for more learning. Some may be just simple definitions, such as the hedgehog sample shown below. Others can be more interactive video clip lessons. This feature adds so much depth to the app!
You can set your own schedule and take breaks as needed. This is an app, so as long as you have the app you have access. We have no ran into the inflexibility issues with the app that we had with the original online subscription. This is fantastic! Before, Mr. B would have to finish chapters to get to the jobs, then finish all of those jobs to get to the next chapter. The app is not like this at all. Also, the reading has been reduced a LOT in the app. This makes it much easier to modify and adapt for special needs users.
2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?
It is appropriate for a wide range of grades. Mr. B is moving into 6th grade, and this is still appropriate for him. There really aren't "grade levels." It's more based on the reading level of your child. As far as hidden fees, there are in game purchases if you wish to utilize them.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
It is NOT boring at all. Mr. B would spend a great deal of time at one sitting if I allowed it. Each of the jobs are really educational games that your child wants to do in order to earn the stars to take care of their orphs. The stars are a great incentive. This covers so much more than reading, and it does a great job of showing how all of the subjects work together.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.