The Cat in the Hat

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Developed by:Oceanhouse Media


Ages: 3-6

On a cold and wet day, two children are visited by a mischievous cat, wearing a tall, red and white-striped hat. To entertain the children, the Cat performs wacky tricks, creating a mess of the house. Will mother find out about the Cat and see the mess? New features only available in this [eBook] include professional narration, background audio and enlarged artwork for each scene. To promote reading in young children, individual words are highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up when pictures are touched. By combining the original text and artwork of Dr. Seuss with features that entertain and promote reading, this [eBook] appeals to readers of all ages. (Oceanhouse Media)

Get Ready

Prepare to use this app by using any of the following activities:

  1. Really Awesome Rhyming!Rhyming is an important skill because it teaches children how language works.  It helps them notice and work with the sounds within words and helps children experience the rhythm of language. Rhymes with a rhythmic pattern help a child recognize sound patterns that form a basis for learning word families where the words have the same endings, but different beginnings, such as hat, bat, and cat. This awesome book  uses this concept, 237 words total, 223 of which are among the first words children learn to read! Talk to your child about what rhyming words are: words that have the same ending sounds. Ask your child to identify the rhyming words in this book and then challenge them to come up with even more rhyming words for a particular word, or as many original rhyming pairs as they can think of.
  2. Introduce Story Plots!Talk to your child about the common format of a fiction book: beginning, middle, and end. Scaffold this concept based on your child’s ability and take it further to introduce the idea of a story plot - a series of events in a story. Talk to your child about the fact that most stories include a problem and end with a solution. After reading the story, extend this activity by having your child draw one illustration that represents the most important event that happened in the beginning of the book, the problem that usually occurs in the middle of the book, and the end, or how the problem was solved. Encourage your child to decorate, color and share their story plot map with family or friends. This will not only be fun, but will help your child with reading comprehension.

Dive In

Help your child get the most out of this app experience by trying any of the following activities:

  1. Hunt for: ONOMATOPOEIA!Talk to you child about a really fancy word - onomatopoeia. Have them repeat this long and difficult word after you a few times. Tell them that you’re going to teach them something that kids in middle school learn! Onomatopoeia is a fancy word that means sound words. Sound words are words like “bang”, “pop”, “splash”, “bam”, and so on.  As you tell them a few examples, have them repeat them loudly and energetically after you. What other sound words can they think of? There is some really fun onomatopoeia in this interactive book.  Ask your child to be on the look out for these fun sound words!  
  2. Build Literacy Skills!Depending on your child’s reading abilities or mood, choose either the “Read to Me” or “Read it Myself” option.  If they are having the story read aloud to them, help them build their literacy skills by repeating new or difficult words aloud. If they choose the “Read it Myself” option - encourage them to practice decoding words they don’t initially know by breaking up the word into smaller, more manageable parts. Have them sound out the word or see if it sounds like a word they already know.  If they are still struggling, another option is to read the whole sentence aloud to them, except the difficult word, and see if they can guess what word likely belongs in the sentence based on the context.  Help build a strong reader by avoiding just telling them what a difficult word is!

Branch Out

Extend your child’s learning by using either of the following activities:

  1. Action!Create a “Reader’s Theater” type experience for your child by re-reading the book aloud to them (or select the “Read to Me” option and turn the volume up) while they act it out. They don’t need to have props, encourage them to use their imagination and just have fun!
  2. Silly Similes!This book contains a simile or two. Talk to your child about what similes are - a type of figurative language that make comparisons between different things using “like” or “as”.  Go back to the story and have them be on the look out for similes! Can they find any? If they could add any other similes to this book, what would they be? Scaffold this activity by either giving them a few examples of similes while they draw a picture of them. Or, have them come up with a few original examples of their own which include an accompanying illustration or drawing. As always, have them share their learning with friends or family members - this is a fun way to help your child retain new information learned.