White is the Moon, a bedtime story that introduces kids to the natural course of a day; by Valerie Greeley. (iPad Lite version; by Auryn Apps)
iOS iPad Education
The natural world provides a series of colorful scenes during the course of one twenty-four-hour period, as white moon is superseded by golden sun above a host of active animals. Children will enjoy learning about the different colors of nature with this beautifully illustrated rhyme.
White is the Moon is a part of the Auracle line from Auryn Inc. The app is based on the book by the same name written and illustrated by Valerie Greeley.
▶ KEY EDUCATIONAL THEMES:
- Introduction to nature – sunrise and sunset
- Observe the changing color of the sky
- Introduce children to various animals of night and day
▶ EXTEND THE LEARNING! ASK YOUR CHILD:
- Name the animals/birds you’ve seen during the day/night.
- What is the difference between Sun and Moon
▶ ENHANCE CREATIVITY BY PERSONALIZING THE STORY:
- You can write your own version of the text for the book
- Personalize the narration: kids or parents can re-record the narration to make it their own!
▶ DEVELOP READING SKILLS WITH THESE LITERACY TOOLS:
- Image and word association vocabulary builder - when an image on the screen is touched, the associated word is spoken and the written word is displayed.
- Karaoke effect - when a word is spoken during narration then the word is highlighted.
- Touch a word to hear it being spoken in “Read Myself” mode (almost like “training wheels” for new readers)
▶ THREE WAYS TO READ THE BOOK:
1) "Read to me" - Listen to the narrated story while the text is displayed Karaoke style. After the narration finishes on a page the child can interact with objects until they are ready to move to the next page.
2) "Auto Play" - same as "Read to Me" except the page advances automatically once the narration is finished. Useful for those long car rides when you want the child to have a complete book experience.
3) "Read myself" - There is no narration but the child can touch a word to hear it being spoken aloud.
The lite version contains the first six pages of the original app with all the functionalities. The user also gets an overview of rest of the pages in thumbnail format.
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