We live in an amazing age of technology with new and exciting digital resources to discover. In order to help parents and caregivers, I share the best of what I find each week in Story Time. Last month, for our Bedtime Story Time Media Moment, I shared an innovative new app with our classes. It’s called Novel Effect . What’s unique about the app is that it syncs an instrumental soundtrack to your voice as you read a story aloud. This isn’t another read a story on a screen app. This app uses your device to embellish the traditional story time experience with you, your child and a book.
For example, in the book Time For Bed by Mem Fox, children are delighted to hear the sounds of a goose honking and the rattling of a snake just at the moment you are reading about them. In the background, soothing music enhances the calming bedtime atmosphere.
The icing on the cake is that this app is FREE! Yes, an amazing app that’s FREE! I couldn’t stop trying it out with book after book. The app’s substantial collection of stories can be used with a book from your home collection, on a digital book purchased within the app or with a book from the Novi Public Library.
Children of all ages will be mesmerized by the soundtracks that lure them into the story making reading a multi- sensory storytelling experience unlike anything you’ve heard before.
As a disclaimer…I have run into some issues where the interjected noises aren’t heard in the soundtrack when they should be heard. By following the tips in the “I Can’t Get The App To Work” section of their website, I’ve been able to remedy any little glitches. I’m not complaining though…did I mention it’s FREE!
The fun doesn’t end here. This is what is on the horizon for Novel Effect.
Many young children can have a hard time just sitting and listening for 30 minutes at story time–it’s a lot to ask of their little bodies and brains. That’s why we love to incorporate music and movement in all of our story times!
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It seems that everyone is in full Halloween mode this time of year. With ghosts and goblins in the grocery stores and witches and mummies in schools and other public areas, toddlers see the fun building all around them. As much as they would like to participate in the festivities, not all little ones are ready or prepared for this kind of Halloween fun. And since their vocabulary is just budding, they may not have the words to express how they feel. Children may put on a brave face or act out in seemingly unrelated ways to the emotions developing inside. Teaching your child to communicate his feelings with words will help you ease his fears and frustration. Fear is just one of the feelings toddlers and older children struggle to verbalize. Here is an app, a few books, and some articles to help you start a conversation with your little one about the emotions they might be experiencing and help you to customize their holiday involvement.
Daniel Tiger’s Grrr-ific Feelings App
Theo’s Mood by Maryann Cocca-Lefflier
Hooray For Hat by Brian Won
You’re A Crab!: A Moody Day Book by Jenny Whitehead
Wild Feelings by David Milgrim
Bug In A Vacuum by Melanie Watt
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