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App Reviews by Helen Wagner, She is a public school SLP helping preschoolers

Bluebee Pal Teacher Ambassador Helen Wagner

I often use our classroom Bluebee Pals during therapy to work on reading, talking and playing skills! My students really relate to their Bluebee therapy friends, and look forward to learning with them!
Teaching and learning begin at home. Parents are the first and most important teachers in the early, developmental years. Young children learn essential, foundational speech, receptive and expressive language, social, pre-reading, cognitive, numeracy and communication skills necessary for future academic success through meaningful play and lots of language rich learning opportunities.
Read, Read, Read!

Read to your child daily. Reading helps develop vocabulary, attending, sentence construction, grammar, pronoun usage, social-skills, turn-taking, imagination, creativity, sequential thought, emotions, wh-questions, comprehension, receptive/expressive language skills, critical thinking and problem solving, and so much more! Reading daily to young children is one of the most language rich and meaningful learning opportunities that parents can give their children. Parents provide many natural educational interactions while reading, talking about the subject matter and elements of the story, questioning about the story, and practicing story retelling.

Talk, Talk, Talk!
Parents need to talk to their children! Talking and commenting on the world around them is a great, natural way to teach children. Examples: In the grocery store: “How many yellow fruits do you see? How many green vegetables? Let’s buy three red apples”. In the car: “Let’s see how many blue cars we can count” or “How many things can people ride in to go somewhere”? “Let’s look for things that are orange”. “Can you find a stop sign? What colors are in a traffic light”? At home during interactive play: “Oh, wow, I see that you are racing your red car and your blue car. Which one do you think will go faster”? Simple commenting and talking about what you and your child are doing and seeing and asking questions is a powerful educational tool. Commenting on the world around them will build and reinforce basic concepts, numeracy, turn-taking, pragmatic skills, receptive and expressive language, critical thinking and reasoning skills, problem solving, grammar, and more.
Play, Play, Play!
Play with your children! Lots and lots of learning takes place during play! Play dolls, play trucks, play games, play marbles, play pretend! Provide opportunities for you preschoolers to interact with peers! Beginning games such as Candy Land, Spot It, Pop the Pig, I Spy, Zingo and more are great for practicing social skills, turn-taking, sharing, numbers, colors, matching and categorization skills. Playing and learning through songs and finger-plays such as “Itty Bitty Spider, 5 Little Ducks, etc, is a great way to teach rhyming, sequencing, memory and basic concept skills. Learning through play provides powerful opportunities for cognitive growth.

Spotlight on FREE Educational Apps From PBS Kids!

Grab a Bluebee Pal and have fun exploring these FREE educational apps with your children. There are oodles and oodles of educational videos, shows, games, goodies and activities to explore. There is something for everyone! Take plenty of time to explore your favorite PBS shows, videos, and games in this HUGE collection of activities! These apps contain safe, educational videos, games, and TV.

 

 

 


PBS Kids
 Video- Watch all your favorite PBS Kids shows anytime, as well as live stream educational videos and shows to help your child learn and grow. There are new videos each week. Watch full episodes of Sesame Street, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Super Why, Curious George, Odd Squad, and more! For ages 3-8.

PBS KIDS Video by PBS KIDS

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pbs-kids-video/id435138734

 


PBS Kids Games- 
There are over 100 free school games for ages 2 through 8 for discovery, exploration
and learning. The games focus on science, math, reading, and creativity. There are mazes, puzzles, coloring, dress-up, and more activities. Learn ABCs, shapes, reading, and math skills.

PBS KIDS Games by PBS KIDS

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pbs-kids-games/id1050773989

 

PBS Kids Measure Up! Children ages 2-5 learn early math concepts focused on length, width, capacity and weight while watching instructional videos and playing in Treetop City, Magma Peak, and Crystal Caves. There are 19 measuring games and 10 measurement videos. Kids collect rewards for activity completion. 

PBS KIDS Measure Up! by PBS KIDS

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pbs-kids-measure-up/id1088888867

 

Play and Learn Science by PBS This is a suite of 15 educational kids games to develop experimentation and early science skills. Learn core scientific concepts while developing problem solving skills. Help the thirsty dog get some water, dress-up for the correct weather, find out which objects will float, and more. Great for preschool to kindergarten ages.

Play and Learn Science by PBS KIDS

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/play-and-learn-science/id1300256105

 


The Cat in the Hat Builds That 
by PBS KIDS features 5 educational STEM games for preschool and kindergarten kids, focusing on key science concepts. Build bridges, explore friction with slides, sort objects, create musical instruments, mix colors, and more! 

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-cat-in-the-hat-builds-that/id1332796551

 

Personalized Learning Apps for Students and Teachers

Personalized learning refers to efforts to tailor education to meet the different needs of students. It involves “instruction in which the pace of learning and the instructional approach are optimized for the needs of each learner. Learning objectives, instructional approaches, and instructional content (and its sequencing) may all vary based on learner needs. In addition, learning activities are meaningful and relevant to learners, driven by their interests, and often self-initiated” (The United States National Education Technology Plan 2017).  To put it simply, personalized learning is a learning experience designed for each student with their specific needs in mind. Typically, technology is used to facilitate personalized learning environments. There are a multitude of resources available to address personalized learning.

Bluebee Pals are fun, motivating and engaging and can be easily integrated with any of the featured apps!

 

Here are a few App Recommendations:

 

Splash Math Grade K-5 Math Learning Games by StudyPad, Inc.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grade-k-5-math-learning-games/id672658828?mt=8

This math learning app features interactive content, personalized/adaptive learning, games, progress reports, a scratch pad for rough work and more. In the adaptive learning feature, topics start easy and build based on the user’s progress. Medium and hard levels are unlocked based on performance. For even more engagement, connect your Bluebee Palto narrate and provide feedback!

 

Bitsboard Flashcards & Games by Happy Moose Apps

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bitsboard-flashcards-games/id516842210?mt=8

This app offers a variety of learning tools and games in hundreds of topics. Users can learn a language, master vocabulary words, learn to read, improve spelling and more. It’s customizable and tracks answers so users can easily see what they’ve mastered so far and what they need to work on more. Bitsboard  personalizes games based on the individual player’s skill and knows when the user is ready to move on to the next challenge. Bitsboard games are fun to play with Bluebee Pals!

 

Brain Pop Jr. https://jr.brainpop.com/

Ideal for students in kindergarten through 3rd grade, BrainPOP Jr. offers standards-aligned movies, quizzes, games, and activities covering Science, Reading & Writing, Math, Health, Social Studies, and Arts & Technology. It encourages young learners to ask questions and form their own ideas. All text is read aloud to facilitate comprehension.Bluebee Palsare great friends to help you work and learn!

 

Articulation Station Pro by Little Bee Speech

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/articulation-station-pro/id491998279?mt=8

Articulation Station Pro provides students with the opportunity to record and listen to their own voices as they practice pronunciation of sounds and words in conjunction with a narrator who speaks them. Designed by a certified speech-language pathologist, the app lets students play with letter sounds through word games, sentences, and stories. Through these activities, students can build self-awareness, correct pronunciation and letter and word recognition. Activities can be tailored to meet individual student articulation needs. Your Bluebee Pal easily connects to the app and helps students listen and practice. Record student productions within the app and your Bluebee will speak in your students’ own voices. They will be captivated!

 

Explain EDU by Explain Everything

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/explain-edu/id431493086?mt=8

Explain Everything is an interactive whiteboard that allows you to instruct in real time through interactive learning and lets students demonstrate knowledge by becoming the teacher (the best way to know if you know something is to explain it to someone else). It is an excellent tool for creating and designing presentations, forcing students to articulate their understanding, and collaborating with their peers.

 


Educreations by Educreations, Inc

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/educreations/id478617061?mt=8

This is an interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool you can use to teach/explain any concept. Screencasts allow teachers to duplicate and provide each student with his or her own teacher-created personalized video lesson. Each student controls the lesson and can work independently. They can pause, rewind, and listen to their teacher again. Additionally, those who miss class no longer lack the instruction, instead receiving the same lesson presented to their classmates.

 

Seesaw: The Learning Journal by Seesaw Learning, Inc.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seesaw-the-learning-journal/id930565184?mt=8

Seesaw is a student-driven, digital student portfolio that inspires students to take ownership of and do their best work. Students are able to express themselves and reflect on their learning. Teachers find or create activities to share with students. Students take pictures, draw, record videos and more to capture learning in a portfolio. Parents and teachers see their child’s work and leave comments and encouragement.

 

Nearpod by Nearpod

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nearpod/id523540409?mt=8

Nearpod is a classroom tool for teachers to engage students with interactive lessons & assessments that students can access on any device. Teachers control the lesson, pushing content to student devices, which students complete at their own pace. Nearpod increases student engagement with lessons that require their interaction. Use Nearpod to collect and deliver video, web content, images, slides, PDF’s and assessments to your students in an single, organized collection for the lesson.

 

ClassDojo by ClassDojo, Inc.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/classdojo/id552602056?mt=8

Students need personalized learning when it comes to classroom management in addition to instruction. Class Dojo provides teachers with a platform to track student behavior and assign positive and negative remarks. In addition, teachers can send instant messages to specific parents and share photos from the class. Students can choose their own avatar.

 

 

Google Classroom: A member of the Google Apps for Education suite of services that helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-classroom/mfhehppjhmmnlfbbopchdfldgimhfhfk?hl=en

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circle Time Reading With Bluebee Pals

Try Adding To Circle Time!

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  • Excitement!
  • Wonder!
  • Engagement!

Bluebee Pals are uniquely suited for use during group circle time reading practice! Children love reading buddies, and Bluebee Pals make awesomely perfect reading friends!

It’s easy to do without spending a lot of extra time!  Just connect your Bluebee Pal via Bluetooth (Android or iOS) to your favorite storybook apps; make your own classroom books using a story creator app;  carry-on a conversation, type in the text of your own book, or make up your own stories by using a text-to-speech app; or utilize narrated YouTube book videos! Here are some ideas to get you started. Have fun!

1. Book apps

Connect your Bluebee Pal to any of your storybook apps to make storytelling come to life!  Your Bluebee Pal will “read” any story, with natural head and mouth movements!  Children will become immediately more engaged and attentive!  Pause the app at any time to discuss the book and ask questions with your students!  Some book apps allow the user to record/retell the story with their own voice! Some of our favorite book apps:

 

Even Monsters Are Shy by Busy Bee Studio: Ben helps his new monster friend overcome his shyness.

https://itunes.apple.com/az/app/even-monsters-get-sick/id535303119?mt=8

 

 

 

 

Three Little Pigs vs The Wolf by Irene Deev: A classic fairy tale comes to life!

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/three-little-pigs-vs-the-wolf/id1152205182?mt=8

 

 

 

Oscar Goes to the Zoo with WordWinks and Retell, Record & Share by You Tell Me Stories Foundation: Oscar learns that there is nobody he would rather be than himself

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/oscar-goes-to-the-zoo-with-wordwinks-and-retell-record-share/id587648796?mt=8

 

 

2. Create your own stories!

 

My Story School eBook Makerby Bright Bot, Inc.: Create and share ebooks and movies using your own voice, drawings, stickers, and photos!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-story-school-ebook-maker/id449232368?mt=8

 

 

 

Book Creator for iPad by Red Jumper Limited: Easily create your own books! Add music, narration, video, text! Share with family and friends.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/book-creator-for-ipad/id442378070?mt=8

 

 

 

3. Text to Speech

Talk For Me – Text to Speech by Darrin Altman: Interact with your Bluebee Pal by typing in text for your Bluebee to speak! Ask and answer questions, carry-on a real time conversation! Make up your own stories or type in the text of books for your Bluebee Pal to read.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/talk-for-me-text-to-speech/id975096888?mt=8

 

 

 

4. YouTube videos:

 

Do a simple search for your favorite book by name, or search for children’s read aloud books. Here are a few to get you started.

 

 

The Rainbow Fish https://youtu.be/QFORvXhub28

No, David! https://youtu.be/5XTb_Vi2VFU

Go Away Big Green Monster https://youtu.be/c5aBlzg0548

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle https://youtu.be/KbtBoNE3vRw

 

 

 

The Importance of Reading and How Bluebee Pals Can Help!

Do you want your child to be a better reader? A better writer? A better communicator? Experience increased academic success? Instill in them a love of reading at an early age! One of the early predictors of academic success in young children is the amount of reading they do.

 

As a Speech Language Pathologist, many parents ask me what they can do at home to help their children. My advice always includes daily reading. Based on experience,  I highly recommend that parents use Bluebee Pals to help cultivate a lifelong love of reading and create a special bond with their children! I have used Bluebee Pals in my classroom as reading buddies for several years and I have seen the difference they can make in exciting children about reading and learning! You and your child can use Bluebee Pals as daily reading buddies with traditional books, or with book apps!  A combination of both is an excellent way to spread reading enjoyment. Bluebee Pals, along with interactive digital books, make books come alive!

 

 

  Reading with your child daily:

 

*Improves vocabulary and language skills

*Improves reading comprehension

*Boosts brain development

*Supports cognitive development

*Improves concentration and discipline

 *Improves imagination and creativity.

*Exposes children to different experiences

*Promotes empathy

*Builds self-esteem

*Prepares children for academic success

 

  

 

 Some of our favorite book app collections:

 

9 Dr. Seuss Beginner Books by Oceanhouse Media


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app-bundle/9-dr-seuss-beginner-books/id1343308588?mt=8

 

 

Nosy Crow Fairytales Bundle by Nosy Crow

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app-bundle/nosy-crow-fairytales-bundle/id1169999172?mt=8

   

  

 Tips for reading with children of any age:

 

*Set aside daily time reading time. Find somewhere quiet without any distractions.

*Ask your child to choose a book and sit close together. Encourage your child to hold the book/tablet/Bluebee Pal themselves and/or turn the pages.

*Point to the pictures and encourage your child to talk about the book. Talking about the characters and their situations helps children understand relationships and is an excellent way for you to get to know each other or discuss difficult issues. Give your child plenty of response time. Ask them what will happen next, how a character might be feeling or how the book makes them feel. If there are illustrations, relate them to something your child knows. Ask them to describe the characters or situation or what will happen next. Encourage them to tell you the story by looking at the pictures.

*Above all else…make reading fun and enjoy the time together with your child!

 

4.0 Robotic Head Bluebee Pal Pro & Free Bluebee Pal Educational Skill App

 

Bluebee Pals June 2018

Helen has been integrating  Bluebee Pals in her speech therapy classroom at school for the past 2 years. She and her students have enjoyed every minute of learning with them!  Now, the new 4.0 Robotic Head Bluebee Pal Pro with free Bluebee Pal Educational/life Skill App has been introduced into her class and taken their educational fun to the next level! https://www.bluebeepals.com/store/

 

 

 

 



 

The Bluebee Pal Pro is a full-sized, friendly-faced plush animal that is remarkably soft, pliable, and sensory soothing for kids of all ages. There are plenty of friends to choose from: Monkey, Lamb, Lion, Zebra, Puppy, and Bear! The Bluebee Pals are special Bluetooth speaker enabled educational toys that can be connected to any Bluetooth device. Play any app and your new friend will “speak”  and read any storybook app, sing with your favorite music, and you can even talk with them through your phone! The new Bluebee Pal Pro has a gentle, naturalistic head movement while speaking which makes them come to life!  Remarkably, the Bluebees now come with their own fun, free companion app that is chock full of content!  It leads you easily through the simple set-up with a tutorial video and provides tips and ideas for parents to use to engage their children in learning activities. The app has a fun voice recording feature, mini-games, activities, and a cool house to explore and interact with! There are even easy links to a resource section (for parents)!  

Bluebee Pals can be used just for the fun of it or can be incorporated into highly engaging educational activities. Helen’s students absolutely love them, and their Bluebee friends are part of the school family! They use them for articulation and language and AAC therapy frequently and they are a “most requested” activity in our speech room!!!

 

 

Bluebee Pals Tech Companions Inspire Learning

Bluebee Pals Learning Companions: Who are these huggable interactive animals tech companions that provide parents an opportunity to re-enforce learning and social skills in home settings. These exciting NEW learning buddies with FREE Life/Skill Companion App are a wonderful holiday gift for any child ages 3-8.https://www.bluebeepals.com

 

Helen Wagner( Speech Therapist): I often use our classroom Bluebee Pals during therapy to work on reading, talking and playing skills! My students really relate to their Bluebee therapy friends, and look forward to learning with them! Teaching and learning begin at home. Parents are the first and most important teachers in the early, developmental years. Young children learn essential, foundational speech, receptive and expressive language, social, pre-reading, cognitive, numeracy and communication skills necessary for future academic success through meaningful play and lots of language-rich learning opportunities. 

 

Read, Read, Read!

Read to your child daily. Reading helps develop vocabulary, attending, sentence construction, grammar, pronoun usage, social-skills, turn-taking, imagination, creativity, sequential thought, emotions, wh-questions, comprehension, receptive/expressive language skills, critical thinking and problem solving, and so much more! Reading daily to young children is one of the most language rich and meaningful learning opportunities that parents can give their children. Parents provide many natural educational interactions while reading, talking about the subject matter and elements of the story, questioning about the story, and practicing story retelling.

 

Talk, Talk, Talk!
Parents need to talk to their children! Talking and commenting on the world around them is a great, natural way to teach children. Examples: In the grocery store: “How many yellow fruits do you see? How many green vegetables? Let’s buy three red apples”. In the car: “Let’s see how many blue cars we can count” or “How many things can people ride in to go somewhere”? “Let’s look for things that are orange”. “Can you find a stop sign? What colors are in a traffic light”? At home during interactive play: “Oh, wow, I see that you are racing your red car and your blue car. Which one do you think will go faster”? Simple commenting and talking about what you and your child are doing and seeing and asking questions is a powerful educational tool. Commenting on the world around them will build and reinforce basic concepts, numeracy, turn-taking, pragmatic skills, receptive and expressive language, critical thinking and reasoning skills, problem-solving, grammar, and more.
Play, Play, Play!
Play with your children! Lots and lots of learning takes place during play! Play dolls, play trucks, play games, play marbles, play pretend! Provide opportunities for you preschoolers to interact with peers! Beginning games such as Candy Land, Spot It, Pop the Pig, I Spy, Zingo and more are great for practicing social skills, turn-taking, sharing, numbers, colors, matching and categorization skills. Playing and learning through songs and finger-plays such as “Itty Bitty Spider, 5 Little Ducks, etc, is a great way to teach rhyming, sequencing, memory and basic concept skills. Learning through play provides powerful opportunities for cognitive growth.

Apps for Speech Therapy and Bluebee Pals

Bluebee Pals Jan 2018

Wow! A fresh, new year is here! I have some exciting new apps to share with you, straight from my Whether you are new to the wonderful world of Bluebee Pals, or a seasoned user, these apps are sure to delight!

 

Speech Tutor Educational by Synapse Apps, LLC: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speech-tutor-educational/id1323272450?mt=8

Billed as an “All-In-One Speech Toolbox”, this app really rocks!   Speech Tutor Educational is a complete, seamless combination of essential teaching tools for articulation therapy. It features two easy to use speech screeners: one for parents and one for therapists, 52 sound production/placement teaching videos along with sound production tips, and nearly 5,000 different articulation stimulus practice cards across 33 sound/phoneme decks, and 36 minimal pair decks.

 The app can be set to use with individual students or with a group, and provides instantly available detailed data tracking. Students are provided practice with sounds in the initial, medial, final, or mixed positions in your choice of words, phrases or sentences.  Students’ productions may be video recorded and stored for progress monitoring.

 I really like that the screeners provide realistic, developmental norms for speech sound acquisition ages, which helps in counseling parents and in therapist planning. The app also features 2 types of screens, normal screen and kid friendly (cleaner page layout).   The photographic stimulus cards are beautifully rendered! 

 This is a great app to use along with your Bluebee Pals, in that they can “help” your child practice the speech targets by saying the words and sentences before your child practices, which provides for added auditory bombardment!   And even after a child practices and uses the recording feature, he/she can hear their productions via their Bluebee Pal! This just adds to the learner fun and engagement!  

 

Little Stories Pro by Little Bee Speech: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/little-stories-pro/id1228283813?mt=8

Little Stories Pro for Speech, Language and Literacy is a set of 82 beautifully crafted and illustrated, 100 word stories developed to support receptive and expressive language, reading fluency, and phonemic awareness/sound production skills through the use of sound-saturated stories. Chock full of curriculum support, this app is filled to the brim with learning and literacy content through targeted story practice.

 The app is so easy to use! Select a story, sorted by story title, theme, reading level, or phonemic target. Sounds emphasized in the stories are r, r blends, l, l blends, s, s blends, and th.   There are three reading levels from ages 6.5 to 9.5. Before you read, you will be given a story synopsis, sight words, phonemic target words, and challenge words. As an option, you can choose to practice flash cards before you begin reading. The story can be read aloud to the child, or the child can read independently. A Reading Helper is available to select navigation buttons, provide for eye-tracking, choose an early reader format, and to select which words you would like in bold print. A feature is available if you want to measure reading fluency in words per minute.  An assessment feature also allows you to mark a child’s reading, vocabulary and speech errors and turn them into practice flash cards for extra practice. Coloring pages from the stories and tongue twisters during the story just add to student engagement!

 Following completion of the story, there are story comprehension activities, which include story retell, story sequencing, WH questions, and story talk conversational questions.

 This app is best used side by side with your child.   Bluebee Pals can easily be used with Little Stories Pro, either to read the pre-recorded story with your child, or to re-read the story in your child’s own voice! This is a great app to check out on the app store!

 

YUMI |Story Dice:https://itunes.apple.com/th/app/yumi-story-dice/id1225064701?mt=8

Story Dice is a fun app to encourage children to create their own, original, fun stories! By shaking their iPhone or iPad, children roll magical 3-D story dice! Then, they tap on each one to unlock the surprise

3-D toy inside!   These toys can be dragged, enlarged, rotated and stacked in any order. You choose the order and a colorful setting, and then create your own story using the objects you have been randomly given.   These stories can then be recorded and shared with family and friends! This is free-play at it’s best!   Your child can be the “…author, director, and star of their own original stories, plays, and videos”!

This app is great for building expressive and receptive language skills, storytelling, sequencing, and thinking skills! And, best of all, it is fun to use along with a favorite Bluebee Pal, who can tell your story back to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Apps from Mrs. Wagner’s classroom November 2017

Apps from Mrs. Wagner’s classroom November 2017

 

It’s November! Turkey time! Time for family get-togethers, traditions, history lessons, and remembering to be thankful! Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving-themed apps. We love to pair them up with our favorite Bluebee Pals for maximum learning fun.  Enjoy!

 

Turkey Forgot How To Gobble by Alexis H. Purcell

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/turkey-forgot-how-to-gobble/id567766441?mt=8

Oh no! Joey the turkey has forgotten how to gobble! His barnyard friends rooster, cat, dog, Minnie Moo and Gillie the turkey all join in to help him find his gobble! This is a cute interactive story about friendship, helping one another and perseverance. Great for learning and imitating animal sounds, same/different, wh-questions, and critical thinking skills. When you press an animal, it makes its own sound! Do you know the sounds each animal makes? Turn the pages on your own, so that you can talk about the story while you read. My preschoolers love this book app!

 

Just So Thankful – Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/just-so-thankful-little-critter/id986572769?mt=8

Little Critter learns about being thankful for what he has! There’s a new kid in town who seems to have everything, including the Super Streak scooter that Little Critter wants! But Little Critter soon discovers that he has something that money can’t buy…his loving family! This sweet story is great for teaching the value of family over possessions and has lots of vocabulary words to learn, too! One of our favorite features is the ability to record the story in your or your child’s own voice! Be sure to search for and find the hidden creatures in the book…can you find them all? Works beautifully with your Bluebee Pals!

 

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – A Peanuts Interactive Classic for All Ages by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/charlie-brown-thanksgiving-peanuts-interactive-classic/id703585226?mt=8

What would Thanksgiving be without this classic? Join Charlie Brown and all of the Peanuts gang as they get together for a feast! Kick a football with Charlie Brown (can he trust Lucy?), help Snoopy prepare the eats, set the table, and discover the meaning of Thanksgiving! Great fun for reading and discussion.

 

Hand Turkey Thanksgiving by Jay Ayres

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hand-turkey-thanksgiving/id548970720?mt=8

This is a very simple but enjoyable little app for the younger ones. Press your hand on the screen to make your own turkey, then name it and decorate it! Great for cause and effect and following simple directions. You can draw and rake fall leaves and create your own turkey stampede!

 

 

The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks by Oceanhouse Media

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-berenstain-bears-give-thanks/id404118797?mt=8

The little bear family celebrates and acts out the story of the original Thanksgiving. Sister bear discovers something she is really thankful for. As always with this series, there is a moral to the story! Excellent to use for sequencing. Readers can read the book or record it in their own voice. A very sweet tale!

**I can not use this book in my public school due to its decidedly Christian perspective; however, I do love it and enjoy sharing it with friends and family!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Apps from Mrs. Wagner’s Classroom for October 2017

 

Oh Boy! It’s October! My students and I are getting all geared up for plenty of good books and apps! Here are some of our favorites for this month! Grab your Bluebee Pal and try one out!

 

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Loud Crow Interactive Inc 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/its-the-great-pumpkin-charlie-brown/id552498441?mt=8. Gather around with your Bluebee Friends and enjoy this classic Halloween tale, complete with the original narration! Create your own avatar and costume, and carve a pumpkin! All of your Peanuts friends are here to celebrate the big event! Will the Great Pumpkin make an appearance?This is a great book to read and discuss, retell, and practice sequencing!

 

Mystery Word Town – Sight Word Spelling by Artgig Studio 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mystery-word-town-sight-word-spelling/id983733111?mt=8 This is a fun app to practice spelling skills! Your goal is to find the gold and capture the outlaws in Word Town! Explore the buildings to complete spelling challenges. Featuring 3 levels of difficulty, you can use the included word lists, or create your own. You can even record your voice to use with your own words. This is an excellent way to easily practice spelling and vocabulary words. For use with single or multiple players. My kids have so much fun, they forget they are learning! You can play this game with your Bluebee Pal by your side!

 

Mystery Math Museum by Artgig Studio 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mystery-math-museum/id640754583?mt= This is an engaging app for practicing math skills while exploring 8 museums while helping a friendly ghost rescue dragonflies! Unlock rooms and passages as you practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills. Select the skills you want to work on by customizing the activities to suit your needs! Great for problem-solving and critical thinking skills!

 

Room on the Broom: Flying by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/room-on-the-broom-flying/id949494519?mt=8Take control of the friendly witch’s broom and fly across the sky! Collect stars along the way to see how high you can score! Pick up all of your friends, but watch out for the fire-breathing dragon! Catch letters to spell words! What fun!

 

Room on the Broom: Games by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/room-on-the-broom-games/id705107094?mt=8 There are 8 magical games to play to foster creativity and critical thinking skills, all while having fun! Collect medals while playing the games, which feature all of the wonderful characters from the book! You can fly from star to star making pictures in the sky, help the dragon eat his favorite food, help find things the friendly witch has dropped, and much, much more!

 

“Room on the Broom”

https://www.amazon.com/Room-Broom-Julia-Donaldson/dp/0142501123/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507780874&sr=8-1&keywords=room+on+the+broom  .One of our favorite books to read in October is “Room on the Broom”. We complete language learning activities centered around the book. the book, from Amazon: “The witch and the cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch’s hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and they all return to ride on the broom. But is there room for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?”After reading the book, I let my students play the companion games which are available in the iTunes App Store. There are 2 apps and we love to play both!

 

 

Suggested September Apps

Summertime is over! Kids are back in school! Gather your Bluebee Pals and children and get ready to learn! Here are some favorite apps from our classroom to help you get back in the “groove”!

Zap Zap Kindergarten Math
This app features colorful intergalactic mini-math games targeting foundational math skills such as developing number sense, counting to 100, addition and subtraction to 20, making comparisons, shapes and measurements, 2 and 3-dimensional shapes, and more. It uses an adaptive learning function that challenges while adjusting the difficulty level of each game to meet learner needs. Children have so much fun flying their spaceship in outer space, earning jigsaw puzzle pieces, and unlocking new spaceships!

 

 

Hideout: Early Reading
Grab your favorite Bluebee Pal for this fun, interactive early reading app! Featuring 9 totally engaging mini-games, your child will practice blending sounds into words with the following phonics patterns: -AP, -OP, -IT, -ET, -EN, -AG, -UB, -IP, -OCK. Each pattern is presented with sound blending practice to make words, a fun mini-game, and a short read aloud using words from the game. Activities are lively and students love to play over and over. A great beginning app for struggling or beginning readers!

 

 

Avokiddo ABC Ride – Fun Alphabet and Spelling Games
ABC Ride is one of our favorites! Hop on your bike and go on an alphabet adventure! Ride to each letter of the alphabet for fun play in each of 26 activity scenes. Solve puzzles, find hidden letters, and practice spelling skills. You can ride to each letter scene in order, or choose to visit letters randomly. Jump and jiggle on the jelly for J, Cram the candy into Clyde, Bop the balloons to break them, or change Dotty’s dirty diaper (this one always elicits lots of giggles)! With your Bluebee Pal, learning the alphabet is fun! My students love the zany, interactive activities!

 

Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
I love teaching through books! Lots of my students lack exposure to some of the “classics”! This is the traditional story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, with a twist. As you read the story, there are on-screen questions and comments to get your child thinking and to stimulate conversation, vocabulary, and language. The app also offers a read and record feature where your child can record themselves retelling the story! This is a fun app for language development, sequencing, and vocabulary. It is especially fun to read along with your favorite Bluebee Pal! My kids have a blast when their Bluebee Pal reads the story back to them in their own voice! You Tell Me Stories, Inc. offer lots of interactive books, check them out!

 

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