Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Go Away Big Green Monster!" App in Storytime


I didn't plan on using my iPAD in storytime quite so quickly but while searching the App Store I found the "Go Away, Big Green Monster!" App by Ed Emberly for sale ($1.99) which worked perfectly with my pumpkin/halloween themed storytime today.

Books:
The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis
Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Van Rynbach (This we read twice. First, I read straight through the story and the second time through we told the story together as a finger play while I held the book and turned the pages.

Finger Plays:
I'm a Jack-O-Lantern
Way Up High in the Apple Tree
There Was a Little Turtle
Mr. Turkey & Mr. Duck

App:
"Go Away, Big Green Monster!" (Night & Day Studios)

I introduced the app by telling the kids we were going to try something new in storytime and I gave parents a little background information about where the iPad came from and why I was using it during storytime. We had a smaller group this week which was helpful because all of the kids/parents were able to see. I sat right under a light so I found I needed to be careful about glare on the screen (One of my staff mentioned possibly getting a glare resistant screen cover? This could be helpful in my case). It went great! The kids were mesmerized. I didn't have any trouble with kids wanting to touch the iPad.

This App has a "Read Along with Ed" option, a "Read With a Friend"and  "Read by Myself" options. I choose "Read by Myself" and I turned the sound off. There is a song version included as well that I might try to incorporate in storytime next week.

This app was also included on the list of apps to support ECRR2 provided by Anne Hicks.

Songs:
"The Wise Old Owl" - I like this song because it helps settle/quiet the kids down.
"The Goldfish Song" by Laurie Berkner - I like this song because it does the exact opposite. We get up and move, dance around the room. The songs had nothing to do with my theme, they're just storytime favorites.


1 comment:

  1. I used it this morning at our Preschool Story Time. The kids loved it, they wanted to hear it "Again!". Looking forward to finding more good books to use. I had 10 kids in the group and they were all able to see it and keep up with the action with no trouble.

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