Dr. Janine Toole

Founder at Happy Frog Apps


Happy Frog Apps creates fun apps that teach the foundation skills for reading comprehension. Happy Frog Apps is founded and led by Janine Toole, PhD, a keen reader who finds that her education and extensive experience in Linguistics, software development and special needs learning provides the perfect mix for the creative pond that is Happy Frog Apps.

Contact Dr Toole at www.HappyFrogApps.com

I teach ages: 1 to 22


May 21, 2016

A great first step for any child who struggles with math. If they don’t understand the words, you can’t expect the to know what to do. This app teaches the key words needed for Grade 3 math.

May 21, 2016

This app teaches kids the words they need to know to succeed in Grade 1 math. It uses a 4-stage approach and includes audio and visuals to ensure success.

May 21, 2016

You need to understand the words in order to understand a math problem. This app fills the gap, teaching kids the math words they need to understand to succeed in K or Grade 1 math.

May 20, 2016

The app teaches this skill step by step and also helps kids learn to identify the clue words which indicate a fact or an opinion.

The built-in reward center motivates struggling learners and the reporting will suit teachers and SLPs.

May 20, 2016

The best thing about this app is that it reports by skill level. So instead of reporting that your child got 6/10 questions correct, the app will tell you if your child is weak at inferences, main idea, WH questions, etc. This lets you know where your child is weak and where they are strong.

If kids can’t read fluently, then comprehension is compromised. This app helps kids read fluently by improving their speed step by step.

The app has grade-level identifiers so you know when your child reaches grade level — or lets you know how big a problem you have.

A wide variety of texts and a built-in reward center keeps kids engaged.

This app teaches kids how to do math word problems. It shows kids step by step how to approach the problem.

The visual approach helps all types of learners.

Uses a very visual approach to help kids see that the ‘main idea’ is the thing that is talked about the most.

Has a built in reward center to motivate struggling learners.

May 20, 2016

A great starting point for kids who struggle with identifying the main idea of a text. This app works on the simpler task of identifying the main idea(s) of a sentence, a basic precursor to being able to do the same thing at the paragraph level.

The app has a built-in reward system for motivating struggling learners and takes things step by step so everyone is successful.

May 20, 2016

Great for incremental learning for students who need extra help and smaller steps of learning. The app is designed to be non-distracting, which is great for kids on the spectrum or with ADHD.

The built-in Reward Center only opens after a specific amount of play, so kids need to pass levels to get to the “fun” stuff.