Speech with Milo: Interactive Storybook
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Speech with Milo: Interactive Storybook lives up to its name. There's interactivity throughout this app, including the option to record your own story to go along with the pictures and hear it played back to you with high-quality sound. Touch a character or object image, and it moves or makes a sound. Swipe the page and listen to the narrator tell you the upbeat story with a good message in helpfulness and friendship. Your older child can also read the story without a narrator voice-over.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- conveying messages effectively
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
Highly engaging. The bright images and interactivity offset the concerns about this storybook being rather lengthy for the target age range. Kids can also record their own story, adding engagement.
One in a series of apps created by a speech therapist, this app encourages kids to be creative in developing stories by recording their own storylines over illustrations from an original, pre-recorded story.
Clear controls on each page empower users to record their own story. Sounds, narrator's voice, text, or the interactive features can all be turned off or on in settings.
What's it about?
Kids can listen to the pre-recorded story or record their own story over the illustrations from the original story on this app. They'll swipe to turn pages, and they'll interact with different images on the screen by touching them. Clear controls on each page allow users to record their own story. The story is simple but sweet, and it introduces kids to characters they'll recognize on other Milo language apps. Settings allow you to turn off sounds, narrator's voice, text, or interactive features.
Is it any good?
SPEECH WITH MILO: INTERACTIVE STORYBOOK -- a cute, happy storybook app -- is a winner. It's rather lengthy for the pre-k and early elementary school target age, but that's OK because the bright images and all of the interactivity hold kids' attention. The ability to record your own story for the book is a delightful way to practice storytelling and promote imagination.
Families can talk about...
Make up a story for Milo with your child, trading off every other page.
Listen to your child's story, ask questions about it, and provide constructive feedback.
Act out the story with your child, or help your child make a paper version of the story.