Showing posts with label apps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label apps. Show all posts

March 18, 2014

Digital Books That Spark Creative Writing

I like Story Panda books that make children think and learn to write books. The stories and drawings open up dialogue, and spark creative writing when children write their own stories on the create mode option. Since the images are drawn in a simple way and the pictures are repetitious it motivates children to draw their own pictures and make up stories. There is also an option to share the stories children write with family and friends.  

November 28, 2013

Holiday themed Digital Books For Children

To celebrate and talk about the holidays with your little ones check out these two digital books Berenstain Bears and the Nutcracker and Little Critter Merry Christmas Mom and Dad on iTunes. Children will enjoy cuddling up and reading these fun holiday stories and will like relating to these stories.

July 12, 2013

Summer Digital Reads for Children

Dr. Seuss's classic The Butter Battle Book tells the tale of the Yooks and the Zooks who are in a long-running feud. The Yooks eat their bread with the butter side up, while the Zooks eat their bread with the butter side down. The two groups do not see eye to eye, so they develop more and more elaborate weaponry to outdo each other.

June 24, 2013

#Windowsphone Apps I am Using and A Chance For You To Win A Phone or Xbox

I have got attached to my Nokia Lumia 920 phone very much as part of the #windowsphone #summerswitch challenge by Microsoft. The interface with the live-tiles makes this phone very pleasurable to use. I find using the apps to be easy, fun and smooth. The customizable start screen is the best, which makes this phone personal. 

April 21, 2013

Fun to Read Digital Books for Children

Dr. Seuss's Short Story Collection has eight classic titles all in one digital book app. Each of these stories entertain in classic Seuss style and provides timeless moral lessons for readers young and old. 

March 15, 2013

Interactive Musical Storybook and Newspaper App for children

This new interactive musical storybook app Mibblio for iPad will be enjoyed by children as they learn to read, sing, learn and play music all at the same time.  

January 18, 2013

Collection of Dr. Seuss digital media books for Children

I believe we must embrace new technology when we are teaching our children.  From a very young age even before my children turned one I have allowed them to use our smart devices such as the iPad and iPod for entertaining and learning purposes.  However, I do put restrictions on how much time they get to use it because smart devices can be addictive :)
As parents, we all know that sometimes it is difficult to find the time to sit and read, so having useful educational apps make it easier for us to teach our children in a fun way.
We have all heard of and know how educating Dr. Seuss's books are for children.  Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #1 and #2* and McElligot's Pool* digital book apps are fabulous for children who are learning to read and well as those who have started to read.  It will also benefit people who are learning English.  

The original books written by Dr. Seuss have become livelier through these digital books and technology.  Our children will be more interested and motivated to read these books using the digital book app in smart devices.  Giving a book and asking to read doesn't always work, however I know that when we get them involved and teach them through play is very likely to keep our young ones engaged.  The collections of these Dr. Seuss digital books are interactive so my children are more willing to read.   

The books are full of beautiful drawings and graphics, which are an important part of reading and learning for young children.  The original artwork from Dr. Seuss's books can be panned and zoomed through these digital books.  I like this interactive touch based learning that helps curious minds.  
When children touch the pictures and words on the digital books it reads it to them.  This helps my son who is learning to recognize letters and sounds by relating it to pictures.  My daughter clicks on the words that she has trouble pronouncing, so she can continue the story without getting frustrated by one word that she has trouble with.

These digital book apps are not only geared for visual learners but also to auditory learners.  Children who like learning by listening will enjoy the sound effects and the stories read to them.  
In addition to the professional narration of the stories, these digital books allow us to record our own voice and share.  I thought that this is very neat, and is one of the features that we enjoy using.  Young children love when they hear their favourite story being read by a familiar voice i.e. parents or siblings.  A familiar voice tends to soothe little ones and as parents we all have a few stories memorized because we had to repeat it a few hundred times :)  My daughter is also encouraged to read because of this recording feature by inputting expression into the stores so she can hear back her voice or allow her brother to listen to.

We can buy the collections and keep adding new digital book titles as they become available through iTunes.  We can download the free Dr. Seuss Bookshelf app to keep our self organized because once a few books are downloaded it could make the iPad look cluttered.  This bookshelf app helps us rearrange and organize the way we prefer by type, price or age so we can easily find the specific books we are looking to read.  
This Dr. Seuss Bookshelf has made it easy for my little ones and us to browse all the Dr. Seuss apps and keep up-to-date when new books are released.  Keeping up-to-date will help us to take advantage of free books, introductory pricing and sales.  
Parents can either lock or unlock the app store so the little ones will do not download the books and apps without our permission.
These digital books are valuable for children who are learning to read and will benefit having it easy to access when we are at home, travelling, in schools, Montessori's and day cares.
A closer look at some Dr. Seuss book titles:
*McElligot's Pool by Dr. Seuss is about young Marco casting his fishing line deep into McElligot's pool and imagining curious sea creatures that might bite.  This book appeals for readers of all ages.

*The Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #1, will help young children to enjoy reading.  The 5 titles in this collection are recommended for children age 2 to 6.  The book titles are (this list is from iTunes)
1. The Cat in the Hat stars a cheerful and exotic Cat that brings chaos to the house of two young kids on a rainy day while their mother is out.
2. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is a freewheeling plot about a boy and a girl and the many amazing creatures they meet.
3. The FOOT Book introduces the concept of opposites through funny and creative depictions of different kinds of feet!
4. Mr. Brown Can MOO! Can You? is Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises and explores with children the sounds they hear everyday, and how to mimic them!

5. Fox In Socks features two delightful characters Fox and Knox, who converse almost entirely in rhyming tongue-twisters. "A tweetle beetle noodle poodle bottled paddled muddled duddled fuddled wuddled fox in sox, sir!"

*The book titles in Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #2 are (this list is from iTunes)
1. Green Eggs and Ham: One of the best-selling children's book of all time. Sam-I-Am is determined to share the tasty treat of green eggs and ham with his doubtful companion. Containing just 50 unique words, this title is a must-have for beginner readers.
2. Dr. Seuss's ABC: From Aunt Annie riding an Alligator to the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz, Dr. Seuss teaches children the ABC's through whimsical Seussian words and illustrations, guaranteed to entertain as much as it educates!
3. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back!: The behatted and bow-tied cat is back and stirring up his own brand of mischief. This time he enlists Little Cats A through Z to help him clean up the mess. But will they be a help or a hindrance?
4. There's a Wocket in my Pocket!: This charming, light-hearted story follows a young boy around his house as he introduces the reader to the amusing imaginary creatures that live with him.
5. Hop on Pop: Known as "The Simplest Seuss for Youngest Use," Hop on Pop offers simple, delightfully entertaining rhymes to inspire children to read on their own. "Pat. Cat. Pat sat on cat. No Pat No. Don't sit on that."

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