More parents are asking Sound Advice for the names of apps which families can use with children to listen to, and record their voices to check for understanding of the material, and for playback at a later date as a way to track a child’s learning progress. Here’s a suggestion, with animal sounds and lots of fun.
App (iPad): Hey Bear! What Do You Hear?
Once your child/ren have ‘nailed’ the Hey Bear app, a more advanced app to try is “You Tell Me Stories”, which has prompt cards for the child to arrange into a story-telling sequence. You and the child can record the story for direct emailing to family members and teachers, straight from the app.
App (iDevices): You Tell Me Stories
A third app to try is the Smarty Ears app for speech therapy through mobile devices. These game-based apps are certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and include reading comprehension, language skills, articulation, and phonological awareness for children of all ages.
App (iOS and Android): Smarty Ears Apps
With video and podcasting apps readily available, having a digital record of your child’s progress can be very motivating. Try recording some clips as a way to inspire you to continue ‘home-work’ when incentive may be needed.
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