I always learn new things from continuing education opportunities, but they also help me see things I already knew in different ways. A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a chilly hotel conference room wondering how long till the next bathroom break when I heard a quote that made a little light bulb go off in my head. I grabbed my highlighter and slid it over these words, “It’s the talk that surrounds the book reading that gives it power.” - C.M. Schuele Fortunately, talking is one of my favorite pastimes, but this quote really made me think about the kind of talk necessary to help our children with special needs learn through children's books.
Book apps provide countless opportunities to combine literacy activities with "the talk" that leads to understanding of new concepts. My students love using book apps and become more active learners because they can interact with the story. These apps build vocabulary and teach phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and comprehension. There are some amazing book apps available. These are my top 10 favorites! If you'd like to download any of these apps, please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using the link provided.
37 books in one app is a pretty sweet deal. These books feature gorgeous pictures on a variety of kid favorite topics (boats, trains, moms, snow, colors and more). You can choose Read to me, Read by myself, or Autoplay. You can even customize each book by recording your own story for each picture. These books are vocabulary rich and work wonderfully into many common preschool themes and seasons.
Goodnight Safari by Polk Street Press LLC
Even Monsters Get Sick by Busy Bee Studios
Lazy Larry by Wasabi Productions
Edsel McFarlan's New Car by Auryn, Inc.
Edsel McFarlan (how great is that name) is obsessed with cars and goes on quite the adventure after building his own model car. The "talk" surrounding the book is very important with this app. Many of the pages have little to no text. It's a great app to work on describing or making inferences based on pictures in a fun context that kids can relate to.
(iPad Only, $1.99)
(iPad Only, $1.99)
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Oceanhouse Media
Goodnight Moon by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.
The Kissing Hand by Oceanhouse Media
Zoozoo Readables by Cavallo Media
Lite Version Full Version
(iPhone/iPad, Free) (iPhone/iPad, $2.99)
Enjoy talking and reading through these delightful book apps. We'd love to hear the book apps that you read with your children.