One of the most important lessons we can teach our children is personal responsibility. The question of how to do that is simplified when resources are available that present this message in a way that is appropriate for their level. The Cicada and the Ant is a fable by the French author, Jean de La Fontaine. It has been adapted as an interactive story app that is now available in the App Store.
Originally written in the 1600s, The Cicada and the Ant was developed for the iPad by Seven Academy.com. You might also recognize a slightly different version that goes by the title, “The Grasshopper and the Ant.” Regardless of the version, the basic story remains the same. One insect, the cicada, enjoys himself and makes no effort to put aside any provisions for the winter. The other insect, the ant, is industrious, and works hard so that when the winter wind blows, he will be well taken care of. When the inevitable time of need arrives, the cicada is left pleading at the doorstep of the ant, who refuses to come to the cicada’s aid.
The Cicada and the Ant contains three different modes of storytelling, making it appropriate for children from 3-10 years old. The Animated Story mode plays a narrated version automatically. The Interactive mode plays one page at a time, allowing the child to swipe different parts of the page to activate animations. In this mode, each word is highlighted as the narrator reads, in order to develop reading skills. In the Read It Myself mode, the child is in complete control, reading the words and activating all of the animations independently. Little golden stars sparkle on the page to indicate the location of the animated features. Each page is colorfully drawn, with much attention paid to details. As an added bonus, it can be played in any of four different languages (French, Spanish, English, and Portuguese).
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The Cicada and the Ant is a familiar fable, one that is typically introduced in the Common Core Standards for second grade (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.) Its message is clearly demonstrated, but more than that, I like the fact that the app leads parents into a discussion with their child about planning ahead. Children who prepare wisely don’t just magically get that way; from the time they are young, they learn about saving for the future so that they can be secure when adversity strikes. Real life applications of this principle abound: saving up for an expensive toy, perhaps, or passing by the fast food restaurant today to save for a great vacation trip next summer. This app gives parents a natural introduction for starting the conversation.
The Cicada and the Ant is a fable that teaches children a timeless lesson. The advantage of this story app is that it uses digital technology to add animation to the story and make it appealing for children.
The Cicada and the Ant is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App
Julie Peterson is a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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