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This Is My Story (And I'm Sticking To It)

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Build (and hear) simple stories by filling in the blanks.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn sight words and early writing skills with This Is My Story (And I'm Sticking To It). As kids choose labeled images to fill in their stories, they see and hear common sight words like "truck" and "cat" and get to practice with simple sentence structure such as "The (blank) said hello to the (blank)." Each of the seven templates has a different theme with a fun background and related vocabulary; however, they all use the same structure with no additional target skills as kids progress. More story options would give the app a boost. This is an engaging app for introducing early readers and writers to story creation.

Ease of play

The app is very well designed, very easy for younger kids to use by themselves.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that This Is My Story (And I'm Sticking To It) is an early learning app that helps kids get the hang of simple sentence structure. Kids get to make their own storybooks by tapping and dragging labeled images (featuring common sight words like "hat" and "cow") into the blanks of each page. Sentences like, "The (blank) played with the (blank)" can become "The cat played with the ball." Finished stories can be saved and will be read aloud by the narrator.

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What's it about?

Kids pick a story template from seven themed options, then tap and drag labeled images into the blanks of each page to create an original story. A young voice prompts kids to fill in the blanks for the story and reads the story aloud as kids create. Kids can save their original stories to read or listen to later. Additional features include a just-for-fun sticker page and a matching activity.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The only thing that would make THIS IS MY STORY (AND I'M STICKING TO IT) better would be a little more variety. The concept is great -- as is its execution. Preschoolers get a kick out of "writing" their own books with simple tap-and-drag controls. And hearing those tales read aloud is even more entertaining. And throughout the entire exercise, those young kids are picking up subtle grammar and spelling lessons. As a just-for-fun bonus, there's a sticker book mode that lets kids create their own scenes. The only danger is in kids getting tired of using the same words and stickers over and over. Perhaps future updates will increase the app's vocabulary.

Families can talk about...

  • Help your kids make logical choices and build understanding of vocabulary as they create their stories. Ask questions like "Which of these can swim?"

  • Create your own story templates and word banks for your kids to try, or introduce them to the app Cool Mad Libs for more advanced fill-in-the blank story creation.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, reading, writing
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making
Creativity: making new creations
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:October 28, 2013
Category:Educational Games
Size:88.60 MB
Version:4.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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Parent Written bysupergirl35 July 23, 2011

LOVE this app!!

My 3 1/2 year old LOVES this app. She is able to make up silly stories and save them for me to hear after. She keeps asking to play it and i think the drawings are so sweet. She will do it by herself for 20 minutes and because it is somewhat educational, I feel good about her playing it!
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