Developed by: Megapops LLC
Just who is Millie? Why, she’s an adorable, strong-minded dog, of course! The first interactive eBook about Millie the dog can be thought of as “Millie101”. Rather than having a distinct storyline, this app introduces readers to Millie and sets the stage for other Millie apps/books.
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- Ask your child questions like these to activate background knowledge:What kind of pets could people have? Do you know anyone who has a dog? What kinds of things do dogs like to do? If you had a dog (or if you could get another dog), what would you name it?
- Encourage your child to explore the interactive features of this app. Each page has an interactive element to engage the reader and provide more information about Millie.
- This app has three reading modes: Read it to Me, Read it Myself, and Bedtime Mode. The voice of the Read it to Me mode is so dramatic that it sounds like he is narrating a movie trailer! Bedtime Mode is perfect if you’re looking for a low-key reading session. It softens the sound effects, skips the interactive games, and even dims the light on the screen.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
Discuss new vocabulary heard in the app, such as:
- MYTHICAL CREATURE
As your child goes through the story, stop every now and then to chunk information and monitor comprehension. For example, you may choose one of these activities:
- The author uses humor throughout the app. Talk to your child about how humor often creates a bond between the reader and the author. As you read, have your child point out the silly or funny things seen on the pages. How does the author use words, pictures, or videos to create humor?
- Strong readers make inferences while reading. Inferences occur when a reader combines what is happening in a text with his/her prior knowledge to draw conclusions. Urge your child to make inferences while reading. For instance, your child may infer that Millie does not like typical dog food because she is a picky eater. Thinking beyond the text helps readers deepen understanding.
- Be sure your child knows that this app contains embedded games within the storyline. For example, “Millie’s Treasure Hunt” pops up after the sofa scene, prompting your child to tap on each numbered box and uncover what is buried under the sofa cushions. Beware of the dust bunnies – collect three and your game is over!
Extend the app experience with these real life activities.
Millie is a bit picky with her food. Play a taste test game with your child to encourage him/her to try new foods. Blindfold your child and have him/her eat different foods to guess what they are. Let your child describe the food first before giving his/her best guess. For instance, a sourdough pretzel may be “hard, salty, dry, and crunchy”!
Millie has a scavenger hunt…and so can you! Organize a scavenger hunt for your child. Create a list of items in your home for your child to find. If you child is not yet reading, add a picture next to each item on the list. Review the list with your child and have him/her make a check mark next to each item that is found. You could add a time limit if your child is feeling extra competitive! Here’s a sample scavenger hunt list to get you started:
- teddy bear
- left boot
- roll of tape
- toilet paper