With the rise of technology in our everyday lives, it’s important to look at how we are using it with our children. Enhanced interactive digital books are a great way to engage with your child while reading to them. Tapping, moving, and reading are all important when using these apps. The Stellaluna app by Living Books is both fun and educational. You can find more storybook apps on our iPads in the Family Place.
Here is one tip for making your child’s digital experience more meaningful. The Library has a variety of picture books that have been turned into movies. These movies are only a few minutes long and feature the book’s illustrations as the text is read. It can be a lot of fun to see a favorite story in a new way. Many of these movies are on Playaway View, a preloaded video player. Playaway Views are just the right size for little hands.
Children like to learn about what interests them, and bugs are very interesting! In the Bug Mazing app (found on the Library’s iPads), there are many different bugs that you can use as the hero. Then, check out books about bugs that you can share together.
Touch is one of the five senses that children use to learn. Using a device allows a child to touch and manipulate a screen, which is one skill needed for digital literacy.
–Tip by Dana Folkerts, Assistant Head of Youth Services.
Singing can help your child with learning to read. You can do this by saying rhymes, singing songs, reading books, and by interacting together with apps. Try making a band together using the free app Toca Band at home on your Apple device or at the Library on the iPads.
–Tip by Laura Bos, Youth Technology Librarian