This outstanding story app engages the reader from the very first screen as the two main characters (the elf and the witch) exchange words on the menu page. Select whether to use this app in English or French and to have the story read aloud or independently. Watch the story unfold with brightly interactive illustrations that animate with the text. Children are further engaged with the story as they are required to complete “exercises” along the way to transforming the cuddly toys. We love this magical adventure for its creative storyline, interactive components, and ability to grow in difficulty with your child’s learning.
Prepare to use this app with the following activities:
- A Typical School Day:Talk with your child about all the activities they do in school. Brainstorm a list of activities or draw pictures to create a story about a typical school day.
- Lessons For A Witch:What does a witch learn in school? Make a list of subjects, lessons, and activities you feel a witch would experience in school. Create a brainstorming sheet with all the ideas or create a Venn Diagram to compare the differences and similarities with your child’s school experience.
Help your child get the most out of this app by trying any of the following activities:
- Leveling Tip:The Easy, Medium, and Hard settings on the home screen set the level of difficultly for each of the “exercises” throughout the story. For example, the math exercise starts with basic number matching at the Easy level and then progresses to addition facts with the medium level. If you find a particular level too challenging or easy, you can exit to the home screen at any point, adjust the level of difficulty, and select "Continue" to return to the story.
- Going About the Chapters:This is a lengthy story, comprised of approximately fifteen “chapters.” Use chapter breaks to talk about story events with your child by asking questions such as, “What are two important story events in this chapter?” and “What do you think will happen next? Why do you think that?”
- Create A Story Map:As you read this story with your child, keep a list of the main events to create a story map. Talk with your child about story elements, such as plot, setting, character(s), conflict, and resolution as you complete this activity. Here are some simple definitions to work with:
- Plot is the actual story the entire book is based upon.
- Setting is the location of the action.
- Characters are the individuals that the story is about.
- Conflict is the issue or problem to solve in the story.
- Resolution is the solution to the conflict or problem in the story.
Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:
- Every Witch or Wizards Needs A Hat!Using a paper plate, a piece of construction paper, tape, and markers/crayons/paint, help your child create their very own witch or wizard hat. Simply fold the piece of construction paper into a cone, make pie-shaped cuts into the center circle of the paper plate, and fold the pie-shaped cuts up and tape them to the inside bottom of the cone. Decorate and presto! Have your child wear their special witch/wizard hat as they help around the house with their magical powers (e.g. add special ingredients to a dinner recipe or use special powers to clean up the playroom!)
- Magical:After you complete the story, use the story map you created and write each of the story elements on an index card. Then ask your child to put the cards in order to work on comprehension and story sequence. Independent readers can complete this activity on their own if you place a number on the back to identify the order (write the number in the upper righthand corner in small print).