You might be wondering, “What makes this story app different from all the others?” Caillou: What’s that Funny Noise? combines the principles of shared reading (a language- based strategy widely used in schools) with cutting edge technology to create a high quality, easy-to-use story app, designed to captivate children as young as 2-3 years old. It features a little boy named Caillou, who also happens to be the star of his own show on PBS and Teletoon. Caillou: What’s that Funny Noise? is a definite Top Pick for Fun Educational Apps.
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Caillou: What’s that Funny Noise? is the first ebook in the new iReadWith series of interactive book apps designed by Tribal Nova, one of my favorite developers of educational apps for children. This series is being developed in conjunction with researchers at McGill University in Montréal, Canada. The app is optimized for use on the iPad.
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Each page includes colorful illustrations and clever animations that give it added appeal. The text comes in two translations (English and French) and has three levels of difficulty to meet the needs of children at different stages of development. A Living Words option allow parents to record the high frequency words from the story (like Mommy, Daddy, noise, shadows) in their own voice. Also included is a separate page where your child can create his own scenes, complete with characters and props from the story.
Initially created by Christine L’Heureux and illustrated by Hélène Desputeaux, Caillou is a familiar character to many children. For this story, it’s time for Caillou to go to sleep. When the lights go out and his parents leave his room, poor Caillou cannot relax because he hears spooky noises and sees scary shadows. “Listen!” he whispered. “There’s a monster going scritch scratch!” After a few trips back and forth, Mom and Dad figure out that the scratching is actually branches on the window and the cat hiding under the bed. The problem is solved, and Caillou drifts off to sleep, clutching his favorite Teddy.
Caillou: What’s that Funny Noise? touches on a very common occurrence in children’s bedrooms every night, so they can definitely identify with Caillou. On every page, there are conversation starters provided at the bottom of the screen, which appear when the animations are activated. These questions give parents a chance to find out how well their child is grasping the story. For example, on the second page, a speech bubble pops up that suggests the following question: “What do you do when you’re scared?” There are also bubbles that ask for the child to think of rhyming words or words that begin with a particular sound. Parents are not required to follow the suggested questions, but they are convenient as well as relevant to the story.
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Shared reading is an excellent way to help your child learn “the language of stories.” It also provides a chance to spend quality time nurturing his cognitive and emotional development. The iReadWith series offers built-in opportunities to engage your child in a dialogue on every page, thus helping him relate the story to his own experience and see the relationship between words he hears (oral language) and words he sees (written language).
Overall, Caillou: What’s that Funny Noise? exceeds expectations for graphic design, animation, creativity, and user interface. It’s exactly the kind of story app that will enrich your child’s mind and create a love of books, so we make it a Top Pick for Fun Educational Apps.
Caillou: What’s that Funny Noise? is availabe for downlaod via the iTunes App Store - iPad
Promo Price - Free - to celebrate the launch iRead with 2nd eBook :
RRP - $2.99/£1.99/€2.69
At the time of this review, this app contains no ads and no in app purchases (IAP). In addition, there are no links to social media or the web. Your child’s privacy is protected when using this app.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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