A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Curious George and the Firefighters by i Read With is an interactive book that uses the dialogic reading method that gets kids actively involved in reading a story, making comments and predictions and answering questions. Kids can listen to the story read aloud, read and talk about it with a parent, or retell it with a virtual puppet show. Parents can customize the reading level for question difficulty and record kids saying "living words" within the story. The story itself includes the typical antics of the curious monkey and doesn't model good decision-making.
What's it about?
In CURIOUS GEORGE AND THE FIREFIGHTERS BY I READ WITH, George goes on a field trip with a class and ends up riding along to a fire. The text is read aloud, and each page features a couple of interactive elements and a "living word" that comes to life to demonstrate its meaning. Kids can record their own voices reading the living words. The Read & Talk section is for parents and kids to enjoy the story together, giving parents questions to ask kids to deepen reading-comprehension skills. Kids then can retell the story in the theater.
Is it any good?
Curious George and the Firefighters by i Read With is a complete reading lesson for kids, including reading along, predicting, learning vocabulary, and checking for understanding. Parents don't need an education degree to sit with kids and help them develop reading skills -- i Read With puts it right on the device. The story is engaging with George and firefighters, two classic preschooler favorites. The theater may be the most exciting feature, giving kids the chance to create their own retelling of the story by moving the characters around and recording their own voices.
Talk to your kids about ...
Curious George and the Firefighters is designed to be read together, with parents talking with kids about what they're reading. Use the conversation starters modeled in the app in other books you read with your kids.
Let your budding readers see you reading, for information and for enjoyment. Kids will notice and copy you.
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, presenting to others, reading, reading comprehension, storytelling, vocabulary
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: asking questions, deduction, prediction
Creativity: making new creations
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: May 28, 2014
- Category: Books
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Book Characters, Puppets
- Size: 51.70 MB
- Publisher: Tribal Nova
- Version: 1.0.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
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