The book app presented at App Time this week was A Frog Thing produced by Oceanhouse Media ($2.99 in App Store and Google Play) based on the book of the same name by Eric Drachman.
This app has a few standard options such as Read to Me, Read it Myself and Auto Play. There is also the option to record your own voice. There are only one or two sound effects per page, and some pages pan in and out, but the app mainly allows the reader and child to focus on the story and text with minimal distractions.
Voices for the main characters are appealing, with a lovable child’s voice for Frank the frog. Words are highlighted in green as they are read aloud, which helps build print awareness and vocabulary. Words are repeated if they are tapped which helps with word recognition. There is some background music to enhance the drama of the story.
I hope you enjoy the story of Frank, a frog who wants to fly!
The activity app used in App Time this week was Mother Goose on the Loose produced by Software Smoothie (free in the App Store).
This is a nursery rhyme and felt board app. On the left are 8 buttons. When you tap one of these, it displays the flannel objects associated with it. On the right side are circular buttons that have different rhymes—for example, the button with the spider opens up the options for the rhymes Little Miss Muffett and the Eency Weensy Spider (in both English and Spanish). There’s also the option to play the rain stick. You can move the flannel objects to the flannel board scene and then press the button to hear the nursery rhyme. You can move flannel pieces around or remove them from the scene. This app is a fun way to introduce or reinforce the wonderful rhythm and rhymes in nursery songs.
Join us next week for App Time on Friday at 11am at Haggard Library!
Register online to use one of our tablets or bring your own: https://evanced.info/plano/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?libnum=999