Monday, January 13, 2014

Good Free App of the Day: Felt Board - Mother Goose on the Loose

I love being able to use technology to introduce classic children's songs and nursery rhymes to my little ones.  When I can do it for FREE, I love it even more.  Felt Board - Mother Goose on the Loose is an adorable app that is based on an award winning early literacy program of the same name.  This app can be used to supplement the program or on its own.  Either way, it's fun and engaging for preschoolers and is great for working on vocabulary, following directions, rhyming and language expansion.  Best of all, you can't lose any pieces!

If you would like to download Felt Board - Mother Goose is on the Loose (FREE, iPad Only), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs and use the handy link provided below.



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This app contains no ads or in-app purchases.  There are links to other apps by this developer located under an icon of a mother and child that must be pushed and held to gain access.


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Help Bo Peep find her sheep, send the spider back up the water spout or jump Jack right over that candlestick.  Kids will love being able to manipulate the pieces to see the stories and songs come to life.  They will also be learning.  This is a great app to teach expressive language,  phonological awareness skills, sequencing and more.  
 
 There are 8 different flannel boards available on the left hand side of the screen.  When you select one, buttons on the right hand side of the board give you choices for the songs and rhymes that go with that board.  Sound effect buttons featuring instruments like rain sticks, bongo drums and rhythm sticks add to the fun.  Add or change felt pieces as many times as you want.  You can even slide the felt pieces back to make more room on the flannel board while you play and then slide it back out to change stories.

The parent/child icon in the upper right hand corner can be held down to access the "grown-up" information.  This section contains information about the Mother Goose on the Loose literacy program, a privacy statement, tips for parents or librarians to get the most out of the app, and a how to section.  There are also links to other apps by this developer (Software Smoothie).

 From iTunes:

Felt Board - Mother Goose on the Loose is a nursery rhyme flannel board app designed for young children to use together with parents and caregivers. Children can move felt pieces, sing, and tap along with popular nursery rhymes and songs. 

Based on the award-winning early literacy program, Mother Goose on the Loose, and developed by the creators of the original Felt Board app, Felt Board - Mother Goose on the Loose can be used by parents and children at home, in early childhood programs, and by librarians as a supplement to the Mother Goose on the Loose parent-toddler program. 

Help Little Bo Peep find her lost sheep and dance them around the screen together in time to the music. Guide Jack and Jill up and down the hill and march with Grand Old Duke of York. Sound effect buttons like rhythm sticks, rattles and a rain stick are included for young children to interact with songs and rhymes as they are played. 

Songs and rhymes include: Old Mother Goose, Goosey Goosey Gander, Jack and Jill, Jack Be Nimble, 2 Little Monkeys, 5 Fat Sausages, Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, Little Miss Muffet, Hickory Dickory Dock, Eency Weency Spider, Row Row Row Your Boat, and more. 

A special press-and-hold button (picture of parent and child at the top) offers access to more information about Mother Goose on the Loose, Tips for Parents using the app with children, and Tips For Librarians incorporating the apps into a Mother Goose on the Loose Program. You will also find links to other apps by Software Smoothie. To access this information, press down and hold the parent / child icon without releasing until the page opens. In this way, young children will not unintentionally exit the app.

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The snowy cold weather is starting to make Sarah consider moving.  They need Speech Pathologists on tropical islands too, right?

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