Developed by:Oceanhouse Media
Brother and Sister Bear will do anything to postpone their bedtime. After all, who wants to go to bed when you can play with dinosaurs, have a tea party, and get piggy back rides? Mama and Papa Bear soon learn that getting the little cubs to bed is going to be more challenging than they thought. This is one of six Berenstain Bears stories Oceanhouse has issued as apps. It offers three options — Read to Me, Read It Myself, and Auto Play. The interactivity with the app is limited to tapping words and images to hear them spoken aloud and the page turning. The animation is in the form of the page’s art moving slowly to the center of the screen or zooming in or out on a particular character or item. While the app is definitely simple, the story was quite humorous to my 4-year-old. I’m happy to report that he sat still through the entire 10-12 minute Auto Play narration. (Publisher/ Wired)
Prepare to use this app by using the following activity:
Your child may encounter a few unfamiliar words while reading this book. Choose one to two of the words below to teach your child before reading the book. When you re-read the book another time, focus on one or two more until you have taught your child all of the unfamiliar words. Ask your child to draw a visual representation for each word and/or act out any that are possible - this will help them retain the new information and makes learning new words way more fun! Here are a few child-friendly synonyms for the following words:
- SUCCUMB: to give in, accept
- HARSH: rough
- JURASSIC & CRETACEOUS: dinosaurs that lived during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods
- SIGH: to let out a loud breath (usually from tiredness)
- EXHAUSTED: very, very tired
- GROANED: to make a loud sound, moan
Help your child get the most out this app experience by trying any of the following activities:
- Can You Find The...Object That Starts With An “X”?Like many interactive books, your child can tap almost any object on the screen and both see and hear the name of the object. This is an awesome way to help your child build their vocabulary. Encourage them to tap on any object and try to repeat the name of each object. Give them another purpose for reading (only if they are interested and able to focus on both the story plot and another task; if not, you can always save this task for when they go back and re-read and are more familiar with the plot): try to find the object in the story that begins with an “x”! Hint for parents: It’s the xylophone!
- Silly Cubs!Before reading this interactive book, ask your child to pay close attention to how many ways the cubs try to delay their bedtime. This will help keep them focused on the story plot as well as aid their comprehension of the story. Allow them time to discuss the ways during reading (if they usually like to talk through stories while reading them), or talk about this once the story is over.
- Building Literacy Skills- Emergent Readers:This is the earliest stage of reading. During this stage, children will rely on pictures and illustrations to gather information about the story. Help readers in this stage by choosing the “Read Myself” option on the app and ask them questions during reading such as: What do you see on this page? What is happening? Remind your kiddo what the title of the story is; this will help them to answer these questions and stick to the story topic.
Extend your child’s learning by using the following activity:
Wild about Dinosaurs!
Is your child interested in dinosaurs? Or, do you want to build your child’s interest in them? Brother Bear mentions Jurassic and Cretaceous Dinosaurs in this story. Grab the following simple ingredients to make dinosaur skeletons:
- Pencil or crayon
- Uncooked penne or spaghetti pasta
You can do this activity in a variety of different ways. Here are a couple options: sketch an outline of a dinosaur on blank paper for your child and have them trace over your drawing. Then, ask them to place the pasta along the inside of the dinosaur to represent their bones! Once your child feels like they have the bones in the proper places, have them glue each “bone” down to the paper and repeat! They may not want you to draw the dinosaur for them, if this is the case, just supervise their use of the glue and watch their imaginations soar!
Tell your child some simple dinosaur facts as they are working on their skeletons (a few fun facts are below) or, plan a trip to a museum if there is one near where you live!
- The word dinosaur comes from the Greek language and means ‘terrible lizard’
- Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for over 160 million years
- Scientists believe that the event leading to the extinction of dinosaurs may have been a gigantic asteroid impact or huge volcanic activity
- A person who studies dinosaurs is known as a paleontologist