Featured App: Babar & Badou’s Musical Marching Band by Cupcake Digital

Featured App: Babar & Badou’s Musical Marching Band by Cupcake Digital



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Babar & Badou’s Musical Marching Band by Cupcake Digital is a universal app designed for iOS .  The app features: read to me, read & play and quiet reading modes as well as playing three different games, and the ability to create using a music maker, coloring pages or simply singing along.  The app features a parent lock which requires multiplication to access external links as well as a more apps section.

In the “read to me” version of the app, it features a traditional picture book style complete with word highlighting and animations which you can tap on to help bring the story to life.  After the page is read, you can tap on specific words to hear them read aloud again.  In the story, Badou helps Dilash and Tersh practice their music until they improve enough for the ambassador.  They all practice for hours until the song is perfected enough for the palace. Once they finally arrive and assemble for the king, things begin seem to go off track.  Dilash and Tersh begin to perform perfectly, while Crocodylus was angry that his prank to have them play the song poorly is foiled.  The king and Babar enjoyed the song so much that they joined in to trumpet and thank Badou for all of his hard work and dance with joy.  After reading the story, there is a grown-ups corner which features a series of discussion questions to talk about the story and think about the story which are linked to common core learning standards.

iPhone Screenshot 4The play section of the app features three different games – alphabet derby, go bananas and a treasure hunt.  The alphabet derby requires you to fly a blimp and capture the letters of the alphabet while avoiding obstacles such as other hot air balloons, kites, and capture all of the letters in alphabetical sequence.   If you accidentally hit an obstacle, the balloon tilts and says “uh oh” before letting you continue on.

The “Go Banana’s!” game requires Badou to capture banana’s in a basket on his head while watching out for snakes.  He has to succcessfully catch 20 banana’s in order to finish the game and any snakes caught do not count toward the count of 20 banana’s.

The treasure hunt is a “spot the objects” game where you a presented with a scene and asked to find specific objects within it.  The app provides a spoken as well as a visual hint to find the object within the scene and rewards with a toss of confetti and a “got it” as well as a great job upon successful completion.

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The create section has three different options, one is to “make some music of your own” featuring a xylophone, trumpet, drum, cymbals and tuba that are all able to be tapped in order to make your own music.  The coloring book allows you to paint, color, draw and use stickers within this section.  There are a variety of materials you can use including: traditional paint, spray paint, chalk and brushes.  All of the choices are a touch and paint and help you stay within the lines of the particular object you are working on.   The “paint” allows you to pick a color and tap on a section of the photo to have it automatically colored in for you.  The spray keeps you within a particular area but applies a “lighter” spray of paint for use.  The “chalk” effect is similar to that of sidewalk chalk where you can color in with deeper and richer colors  and the “draw” uses crayons for coloring in the photo.  There is also an eraser should you make a mistake.    In addition, there are stickers that can be tapped on and dragged into the picture as well as seven different coloring scenes which you can use.

The graphics, simple story line and ability to create within the app help it to be best suited to preschool and early elementary aged children.  My son in particular enjoyed the coloring pages where he could make his creations and then snapshot them with the camera feature of my iPad to save them “forever”!

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Babar & Badou's Musical Marching Band
Babar & Badou's Musical Marching Band
by CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC

Category: Education, Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 76.71 MB

$1.99USD

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NOTE: A fee was received to feature this app.

 

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 News: Preschoolers Discover That Letters Are Really “Talking Shapes” That Stand for Speech Sounds, in New Early Reading App from Talking Fingers Inc.

News: Preschoolers Discover That Letters Are Really “Talking Shapes” That Stand for Speech Sounds, in New Early Reading App from Talking Fingers Inc.



 Talking Shapes by Talking Fingers Inc. – Review & Giveaway

Preschoolers Discover That Letters Are Really “Talking Shapes” That Stand for Speech Sounds, in New Early Reading App from Talking Fingers Inc.

New iPad app from Talking Fingers teaches children that the words they say can be turned into words they see by building words with the letters they draw. Highly interactive stories and games let children record their own voices as they practice drawing letters, reading, spelling, phonemic awareness and phonics.

San Rafael, CA (PRWEB) October 17, 2013

Speech-to-print instruction for early reading is not a new idea in the world of teaching children. Maria Montessori was using this approach many years ago. But it took neuroscience to prove her right. Enter Jeannine Herron, Ph.D.

In her new iPad apps, Talking Shapes, children in preschool and kindergarten learn that letters are “talking shapes” that stand for speech sounds. Parents can launch their children on the path to becoming lifetime writers and readers by teaching them that the words they already know how to say can be turned into words they see!

Noted neuropsychologist, Dr. Jeannine Herron, has applied the most recent research on how young brains learn, to create wonderfully interactive stories about how two sisters invented the alphabet “long, long ago”. Letters are embedded in pictures that help children remember both the sound and shape of each letter.

Benefits:

Children acquire the necessary tools for efficient reading and writing. The alphabet makes more sense to children if they understand from the very beginning that words they say are made of different sounds and that they can construct words by assembling or drawing the letters that stand for those sounds.

children learn that spoken words are made of individual sounds (phoneme awareness).
children learn that letters stand for those sounds (phonics).
children learn how to draw those letters.
children learn how to sound-out and write 3-letter words.
Talking Shapes has been developed, in part, with a research grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). “Jeannine is one of the few scientists who can translate complex research findings into effective instructional solutions for kids,” says G. Reid Lyon, Ph.D., former Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch within the NICHD. Independent research has shown significant improvement in preschoolers’ skills after using Talking Shapes.

“Struggling readers”, according to Dr. Herron, “activate their right brains to read, but skilled readers use the left brain. By speaking the words first and sounding them out, children activate and build pathways in the left brain, where new, crucial links to visual words need to take place.”

Talking Shapes stories introduce all 40 speech sounds (phonemes) in English and the letters that stand for those sounds. Each story adds six new phonemes to the list and is accompanied by games that help children sound-out and build three-letter words, drawing the letters as they play. A reading game helps them decode and recognize the words they have spelled. For children in preschool to kindergarten, the set is unique in providing systematic incremental instruction, like a curriculum, that can be used by parents or teachers to help children develop new skills at their own pace. They can practice as much as they like before they move to the next story. With replay, new targets appear and each set of sound-letter associations becomes more and more automatic.

Talking Shapes stories are packaged in three apps. App One contains three books: The Fat Cat, The Silly Hen and The Dancing Pig. These books, together, teach 17 letters and 18 phonemes. At the end of The Dancing Pig, children should be able to sound-out, spell and read at least 30 words. The set of 3 books in App One sell for $5.99. Apps Two and Three are in development and will be released when completed.

Talking Shapes stories are available in the iTunes App Store, at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/talking-shapes/id714047485?ls=1&mt=8.

About Talking Fingers and Dr. Jeannine Herron:

Jeannine Herron is a research neuropsychologist who became interested in reading-related research in 1965 when she was co-founder and program director of the first Head-Start program in the nation—the Child Development Group of Mississippi, serving 5,000 children. She received her PhD. from Tulane Medical School and went on to do extensive neuroscience research in brain organization and dyslexia at the University of California San Francisco.

For the past 25 years, Dr. Herron and her company, Talking Fingers, have designed, developed and researched early reading and spelling software, Read, Write & Type (for grades K-2) and Wordy Qwerty (for grades 2-4), with three grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Voice-over help in nine languages makes Read, Write & Type an easily accessed online product for learning English literacy. Another grant from NICHD funded a collaboration on a product called SmartCycle, licensed to Fisher-Price, which became their “Toy of the Year” in 2008.

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 Talking Shapes by Talking Fingers Inc. – Review

Talking Shapes by Talking Fingers Inc. – Review



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What we love…

how the app teaches and reinforces simple word pronouncement, spelling and putting it together as a word

What we’d love to see…

highlighting for the story as it is read, instructions that are read aloud for the reader to help them understand what task is required

Summary

This app, although a bit expensive provides a good educational experience for your child by using a “teach”, “do”, “learn” method that proved effective with my son.

Our Rating

Talking Shapes by Talking Fingers is an app for iOS used on the iPad designed by Dr. Jeannine Herron who designed the app after studying how young children learn best.  The app has children listen to a story, sound out letters, draw a letter using visual examples and then put letters together to form simple words. The app features three stories, the first of which is about two sisters who created the alphabet a long time ago.  Letters are embedded within the pictures to help children recognize words that begin with a particular letter as well as promoting recognition.  The app practices spoken words made up of specific individual sounds (phonemes), learning about what letters stand for specific sounds (phonics), drawing/tracing letters which practices fine motor skills and letter recognition, sounding out three letter words and putting them together as a word.
The app teaches 17 letters in the three books and 18 individual letter sounds and by the end of the app, children have been exposed to sounding out, spelling and reading 30 words.  Talking Shapes was developed with a research grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to help provide instructional solutions for preschoolers and early elementary aged children.
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In all three stories, after exposing the child to the word, they need to speak it, trace the letter both stand alone, on the object as well as without a sample to teach reproduction.  Navigation within the story is done by using a “next button” and the app utilizes the microphone on your iPad to practice speaking the word to ensure you have appropriate pronunciation.

Book One is “The Fat Cat” is about “Pat” and “Nat” who are two girls who created the alphabet a “long time ago” and a story about a fat cat that sat on a hat and how the girls attempt to write down the story to help preserve it.  The stories provide visuals to explain that each time that a persons lips move they create a new sound and explains that words when they are spoken are simply sounds that are drawn on a piece of paper which means that they are creating the alphabet.  This story teaches the following words: “cat”, “fat”, “hat”, “sat” within the story.

Book Two is “The Silly Hen” which teaches the word “fan”, “pan” and “can” by simply switching the first letter out for each of the words.  In addition, it teaches, “let”, “pet” and “net”, “he” and “me”.  The story teaches similar concepts to the first story and explains how to make the letter – for example, the letter “L” is done by going “down and across” to shape the letter.  This story teaches 11 letters in total.

Book Three is “The Dancing Pig” is a story about additional letters that the girls invented after having so much fun making the other stories.    Words taught in this story include, “big”, “pig”, “dig” , “wig” .

 

iPad Screenshot 4The app presents simple stories in the “read to me” which are used in conjunction with word pronunciation, writing the letter in context and hearing the story.   The app then allows you to draw letters, find the letters and find the shapes.

The find the letters requires children to find specific letters to match an emotion and spell out a word like “pig”, “sad”   Children must correctly sequence the letters in order to complete the word.  It does give instructions – although they are not read out loud on how to complete each specific game.  If a letter is placed in error, it simply pops back up to the top and does not provide feedback to the user on why they it didn’t fit.

In terms of enhancements, I would like to see the ability to have word highlighting within the stories as they are read to the user.  In addition, it would be nice if a word was describing a specific action like “wag” if that the tail actually did a wag from the dog.  I would also like to see the instructions for the games read aloud since the app teaches budding readers.

This app would be a great addition to your library for parents of a preschooler or early elementary school aged child.  I found that the app engaged my son and encouraged him to pronounce words correctly, spell out specific letters, match them and more.  Be sure to check out our video for a more complete overview of the app.  It provides a comprehensive view of a variety of letter sounds and encourages children to hear them, pronounce them, draw/trace them and finally put them together. My son was very engaged with the app and asked to play it several times while I was testing it. The app contains no external links or in-app purchases. I encourage parents to read the “i” button as it provides a great context for the activities contained within and how to best use the app with your child or children.

Talking Shapes – Talking Fingers Inc.

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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