A few weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal published an article on the Kindergarten Journal, an app that teaches kids how to write their own stories about their education.
The app allows parents to log their children’s kindergarten lessons, with a prompt to write a story about a “child’s story,” the Journal reported.
The app has been criticized for being too vague and lacking context.
Kindergarts founder and CEO, Lacey Kuehn, said the app was a way to connect with parents, and that they had used the app to teach children about the importance of learning, the Journal said.
“Kindergartens aim to help kids feel confident, safe, and equipped to thrive in their own unique way, rather than to teach them how to make the best of a bad situation,” the paper said.
In response to the criticism, Kuehns company changed the app and introduced a new prompt: “What is a child’s story?”
Kuehnes new prompt reads, “A child’s tale.”
The new prompt, which also features a new voiceover, will now prompt children to write about their childhoods, and includes a new set of photos.
Kuehn said the new prompt was created with the idea that the app would help students understand the importance and meaning of their education, and how they can use the lessons to create meaningful stories.
“The goal of the app is to encourage kids to tell their stories about what they learned and to share their own experiences with them,” Kuehlns company said in a statement.
The Journal story came just a few weeks after the New York Times published an interview with Kuehler, who said the idea for the app came to her as she was walking through a playground.
“There was one little girl who was always in trouble, always had to apologize to the teacher for things,” Kühn said.
“So I started thinking about how I could teach her to not do that.”
The app is currently available on both iOS and Android devices.