Developed by:Dawn Publications
Move over, “Let It Go” - there’s a new catchy song in town! The Over in the Jungle app has this really, really, REALLY catchy song that accompanies the text. I almost guarantee it’ll get stuck in your child’s head. But don’t worry…that’s a good thing because your child will be learning about the rainforest and reinforcing numerals at the same time. It’s a win-win situation!
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- In the Jungle, the Mighty Jungle:Have room in your head for another catchy tune? Well, crank up the speakers, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to dance along to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by The Tokens. After listening to the song, ask your child to name other animals that may live in the jungle.
- Dot Cards for Counting:Get your child thinking about numbers. Using dot cards, have your child count out loud as he/she puts a math counter on each dot. Your child could use pennies, Cheerios, counting bears, or other small items as math counters. This activity reinforces one-to-one correspondence by placing the correct number of math counters on each respective card. You can download the colored dot cards set here. (Adapted from prekinders.com)
- Monkey See, Monkey Do:Play the finger game, “Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree.” Discuss the numbers heard in the game and how the numbers lessened with each verse.(Feeling even more creative? Download this template to make monkey finger puppets to accompany the game.)
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
- Rhymes, Rhymes, Everywhere:This story contains words that rhyme. Remind your child that rhyming words are words that sound the same at the end. After hearing/reading each page, ask your child to identify the rhyming pairs (page 1: sun/one; page 2: blue/two; page 3: canopy/three…). Being able to recognize rhyming words helps build phonemic awareness, which is a fancy phrase for the ability to notice, think about, and work with the individual sounds in words – a precursor to reading.
- Touchy, Touchy:Encourage your child to explore the interactive elements of this app. For instance, your child may touch an animal on the screen, prompting the animal to move and reinforce what is said in the text (like the boa constrictor squeezing). Your child may also like the interactive seek-and-find game at the end of the story. Here, your child will be asked to find all 55 animals on one page, which strengthens your child’s identification of the jungle animals seen in the story.
Extend the app experience with a real life activity.
- Animal Facts and Photos:Check out the “Animal Facts and Photos” page. Every animal from the story is here with an accompanying photo of the animal in its natural habitat. After learning about each animal, let your child pick his/her favorite one. Then, fold a piece of white paper into fourths and write the following headings in each section. Have your child draw a picture in each section, responding to each heading. Hang up the final product for all to see.
- Picture of a _____________ (fill in the name of the chosen animal)
- This is Where a ___________ Lives
- One Interesting Fact I Learned Was ___________________
- I Still Wonder ___________________
- Poison Frog Tumble:Using twenty dried kidney or lima beans, paint ten blue and ten yellow to represent poison dart frogs (or color with a marker). Once they dry, have your child put the “frogs” into a cup, shake well, and pull out a handful. Verbally count the number of blue and yellow frogs and record the respective numbers on a piece of plain or graph paper. Repeat.
- Jungle Vines:Why not read more great books on the rainforest? Visit your local library or bookstore to find these rainforest gems. After reading, ask your child to compare the animals in these books to the ones found in the app.