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How to Raise a Reader


Music and Media Talking Apps


Jump start your child's language and literacy development with this collection of cool tools to get kids chatting. These apps will promote speech, talking, and vocabulary will help with language expansion, questioning skills (WH questions (What, where, when, why), following directions, environmental sounds (animal, car, object sounds), spatial concepts (in, on, under, next to, over), conversational and turn-taking.
  1. ABC Gurus- Scroll through the alphabet on a rotating planet, choose a letter and get creative coloring it, adding cartoon eyes, a toothy mouth and quirky accessories. Each time you color and add features, you hear the phonemic sound the letter makes. Tap the play button and a word starting with the letter comes to life in a hilarious animation. Interact with the animation and discover what happens!
  2. Rocket Speller Plus- Kids join Zip the alien on an out-of-this-world spelling adventure to build a new rocket ship. They'll spell words to help him fly to 3 different planets and collect the rocket pieces he needs. The game ends when they launch their fancy new rocket into space and steer it through a short star-collecting mini-game.
  3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends - First Words- The app is just like a real book, so it’s easy to find your way around. Each page is introduced by a playful rhyme, while bright and colorful images pop-up magically as each 3D scene opens. When your child taps a picture, they see and hear the associated word, making this a powerful tool for learning new words as well as reinforcing those they already know.


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