Book It, Part 25: You Did It!
Every kid can benefit from the
kind of positive reinforcement offered by the phrase, "You did it!" especially
if it is offered in an exuberant voice. I say this because lately with a number
of my younger and developmentally younger students I have been using the
interactive book app Pat the Bunny, and the positive reinforcement abounds,
even when you haven't done much of note!
Pat the Bunny (universal app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch,
$3.99) makes amazing use of the interactive possibilities of the iPad
touchscreen in offering an update of this classic touch-and-feel book. I
remember being way too fascinated with it myself as a 7-year-old visiting my
newborn baby cousin, who had recently received the book as a gift (I always
loved pop-ups and that kind of stuff). Your youngest (and perhaps older)
students will likely be impressed with the book's interactivity, much of which
presents the opportunity for language modeling and scaffolding. Just a few of
the language concepts embedded in Pat the
Bunny, with the corresponding screens of the book/app.
- Peek-a-boo: lift the flap and see
Paul's changing facial expressions (i.e. up/down, feelings)
- Ducks in the pond: make them swim
back and forth (right/left/center)
- Flowers in the garden: water them
- Birthday Party: break the piñata
- Judy's Shoes: help her put them
on using "velcro" (on/off, open/closed)
- Sledding: push Paul and Judy down
the hill (top/bottom, fast/slow)
- The Kitchen: make music by
tapping the kitchen objects (loud/quiet)
- Bunny is hiding: look in all sorts
of places in the living room (inside/behind/under)
Each page can also be used to
target a variety of verbs and verb forms, cause-effect relationships, and
requesting! The whole book has a "paint" mode as well, in which a few finger strokes
transform the page according to the themes listed above, thus providing a
context for before/after and spatial concepts around the screen.
Enjoy! Oh, and by the way, if you
downloaded this app already, yay for you because YOU DID IT!
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