It’s not easy to wake up and get ready for the new day. Monster Morning, a new story app by Purple Ely, is a fun take on the morning routine and its inevitable complications. We salute all families who face this challenge each morning, and we award a Top Pick to Monster Morning for showing us the brighter side of waking up.
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Parents and children can identify with the struggles of Peter and Peril. They are Little Monsters, after all, and they dawdle and groan when told to wake up. Throughout Monster Morning, they exhibit the same traits as do all children. From the table, where we see their picky eating habits, to the bathroom, where they must be coaxed to wash their faces and brush their teeth, we see what a normal family faces. Then it’s on to the bedroom to pick out clothes (preferably clean and matching) and fill their backpacks with all the important contents. Such an ordeal! Finally, they are ready to set off. On the last page, we see them driving down the road, and yes, they’re all still smiling. The Monster family has successfully accomplished their morning routine.
Monster Morning is narrated so children can follow along with the text. Forward and backward arrows allow for moving ahead or rereading previous pages. There’s plenty of time to pause on each page and discuss with your child what morning looks like at your house.
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Scrapbooking moms will love the layout of this app! Each page has been beautifully designed with great attention to detail. Cute, animated figures float and bounce across the page. At dawn, the sun actually rises and the background color changes from steely gray to indigo to sunny yellow. Peter wakes up, smiles, and promptly falls back to sleep. As the narrator says, “He’s tired and groggy, and not at all ready to welcome the lovely new day.” Parents know that a smooth morning will help their children start the day right. By using Monster Morning, they can talk about the step-by-step process of getting ready.
The lesson to be learned from Monster Morning is that all families face challenges getting their children ready each morning, but by following a routine, the little ones can learn to get up and go on their way with minimal fussing. For helping families conquer their own morning challenges, Monster Morning earns a Top Pick from Fun Educational Apps.
Monster Morning is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad and iPad Mini App
Julie Peterson is a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14. She’s sympathetic toward parents who struggle in the morning getting their children going.
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