Friday, April 4, 2014

Free App for listening, sequencing and fun: Listen up Bear is Free for a limited time only!

The Bear went over the Mountain,
The Bear went over the Mountain,
The Bear went over the Mountain,
To Hear what he could Hear…..

Oops! You caught me singing! This song will stay with you and your kids will be asking to hear it again. This great app is for listening, learning and identifying animal sounds.  Listen Up Bear is free for a limited time only, so grab it quick!

If you would like to download Listen Up Bear (FREE for limited time, regularly $1.99, iPad Only), please show your support by using our link:

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Once the bear is woken up, kids will be hooked. Just before the bear reaches the top of the mountain, there is a pause and an animal sound. Players must choose the correct animal out of a random selection of four choices. There are nine animals in all. The animal joins the bear on his walk until another animal joins in.

Listening, sequencing, pre-reading skills are all targeted in this adorable app. There are additional animations that can be found, too. Another way to get the kids involved is by having them record their own animal sounds. The child's sound is then incorporated into the story. It is always fun to see the reactions of the kids when they hear their own voices.

As an added bonus, there is a printed activity that can be used in conjunction with the app. It often makes it easier to learn when there are catchy tunes and animations but the learning can continue off the iPad. Print out the pdf on cardstock, laminate it and another activity has been created for durable use. The follow-up activity includes the printed names, pictures and sounds of the animals to play a group listening game. Check it out!

I love that the app is octo-lingual (not a real word). It is available in eight languages! English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian, Simplified (Mandarin) or Traditional Chinese (Cantonese). Since I teach in both English and French, it is two apps in one for me.  

This app was created by a fellow Canadian, Dave Sindrey, who is a Speech Language Pathologist and Auditory Verbal Therapist, living in Mexico.

From iTunes:

Listen Up Bear 
Here is an old story about a bear who travels over the mountain because he is curious about what he will find. In our version, the old bear meets animal friends who join him on his quest. The story is in song and there is a pause just before the bear meets a new animal. Your child can listen to the sound each animal makes, and then choose which animal he hears from four choices. Each time you play, four random animals (out of nine possible animal friends) will join the bear as he walks over the mountain. This app helps your child to develop important language including listening, sequencing, and pre-reading literacy skills. This app was designed by a Speech-Language Pathologist trained in Canada who is living and working in Mexico.
•9 different illustrated animals, animated to walk with the bear up and then down the mountain.
•The ability to record your child imitating each animal and for those recordings to be used in the story.
•Surprise “tap-to-activate” animations for your child to discover.
•Text (and singing) in your choice of English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian, Simplified (Mandarin) or Traditional Chinese (Cantonese). 

Listen Up Bear Support
What's New in Version 1.2
-crash fix for iPad 2
-easier to touch buttons
-new vocals for german track
-faster loading during app launch
-less memory usage

Wendy is still singing the song and her secondary students are looking at her funny.

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