Jun 02

How digital books can help your child to read!

There are lots of great apps for iPads but the ones I love the most are the interactive ones. A favourite series of apps is called Big Cat Stories. Just like a book series, there are several apps, each focused on a different story.
The one I’ve used most recently with kids from ages 4-6 is called Farmers’ Lunch ;0)
Big Cat Stories Interactive books

Collins Big Cat Stories

I love these apps as they offer a few different ways of ‘reading’. Your kids can read traditionally, or hear the text read out to them or even record their own voice to listen back to. It means that kids tend to engage more in what they are reading – and maybe pay attention a bit more too.
how digital books can help your child to read
Many of these interactive book apps also offer games and activities that help our kids read more closely or think more about what they are reading. Games like re-ordering the sentences to tell the story or adding in extra ‘scenes’ are activities we use at school all the time. We know it helps kids focus on understanding (not just ‘barking at text’) – and that’s what reading’s all about right?
how digital books can help your child to read
But don’t forget these apps are designed to be fun and engaging too. With a love of reading you can learn – pretty much – anything! Astronaut, zoo keeper, neurologist, journalist…for every job there is something that can be learned from reading, so let’s get our kids excited to read with multimedia books that let them create, learn and have FUN!
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Jul 13

Write a beautiful story…easily!

Happy Monday!  A very rainy and (relatively) cold day here in Melbourne. We were promised crazy weather and even an Antarctic Vortex…but no, we just got this –>
melb weather
Not that impressive but might get more exciting soon! I’ll keep you informed ;0)

Have you seen StoryBird? This is a fab website for creating your own online storybooks. Kids love it as they can make and share professional looking e books using beautiful illustrations.

My favorite part of StoryBird are the drawings, cartoons and illustrations that are part of the website – and free to use. Wonderful artists spend time drawing a ‘collection’ of images that you can use to tell your story.
Here’s an example…

See? Stunning, right?
storybird.com

some of the gorgeous art you can create with on Storybird.com

A couple of ideas to get your kids writing with Storybird
  • Have them plan their story first – then go into Storybird and choose the artwork collection that suits their story, write their story, taking care to place one idea per page and to match the image to their story!
  • Or (my favourite way to use Storybird with younger kids) – Have them choose their artwork collection first, and then create a story to match to the images. This way they have to really think clearly about the characters and settings!
Don’t forget to also read the Public ebooks on the site. I love sharing with kids how the same pictures can be used to tell an entirely different story!
Older kids love this too – I like to choose the artwork collection for them and ask them to discuss the emotions that different images convey. Great for working on deeper comprehension and trying to read between the lines of stories :0)
Hope you enjoy – maybe you just need to have a play yourself! If you make a masterpiece – be sure to share it here :0) We will make sure you feel like a winner!
***PS not sponsored in anyway – just love it!

What story could this image tell?

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