House That Jack Built - Multilingual Interactive Book by developer Mediaprofit is a spin on the classic story - told in multiple languages. Developed by parents of multi-lingual children, this story is meant to help immerse children in language through familiar stories.
The House That Jack Built is a spin on the classic nursery rhyme, with the option of changing languages. The app comes in four languages: English, French, Italian, or Russian. Readers can hear and see the repetitive story in any of these languages. It has been proven that young children learn language faster than adults, especially when they are fully immersed in the experience.
In addition to experiencing the story and it's nostalgic drawings, the story has a multitude of other options to play. Readers can begin by learning the words in the story. This feature is particularly nice if readers are indeed trying to learn a new language. Each of the vocabulary words has an image to go along with the word. Readers can change the language to practice the words.
Readers can also play games with the characters and scenes from the rhyme. The Draw option gives readers a basic pallet with stunning colors to color several images from the story. Use the colored marble to swipe over the images leaving the colors from the original artwork behind. Players can Play by matching the animal shapes to the correct places or do the Puzzle by solving four different 9 piece jigsaw puzzles.
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This app has a nostalgic feel with old style drawing and language. It brings a classic tale to life with simple animations and sound effects tied to the original repetitive rhyme. The story is the older version, not the newer one used more frequently in schools, but is no less classic. Its language options are great for young children learning multiple languages. The ease of switching between languages makes immersion in the language experience fulfilling for anyone reading the story. The additional practice with the vocabulary pictures and words is a great skill builder. The other coloring and puzzle games are simply enjoyable for the reader.
Overall, this app is easy to use and has a nice rhythm to it. The classic rhyme is familiar to most people and that makes it easy for readers learning a new language to follow the tale. The vocabulary and games make this fun for even the youngest readers. This might be a nice app to use to compare the older rhyme to the newer versions used in schools today.
House that Jack built - multilingual interactive book - Mediaprofit is avaibale for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad and iPad Mini Apps
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This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, a special education teacher, and a technology coach. She is a self proclaimed nerd with a passion for incorporating technology into education and you read her findings at The iLesson Lady
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