Kulcutural Kids has a Foreign Langauge and Friends website to teach children vocabulary through a themed web games for Spanish but other languages coming soon. They offered me a code to check it out and I have to say that it took me a long time to get around to it, but when I finally took a look I was really impressed.
You might have received this poem on Play is a Child’s Work called “Just Playing” from your preschool as well, but it bears re-reading! And it just might help you discover clues to what your child might become when he or she is all grown up!
The books are, themselves, what I’d call “workhorses.” They get the job done covering their said topics in rhyming text but there isn’t anything outstanding about them. They are not exceptionally funny or clever. The color book covers 4 colors. The numbers book covers 1-5, the shapes, 4 basic shapes and opposites 4 pairs.
I really like the concept of MathGirl Number Garden; make iPhone/iPad/iPod math games that appeal to girls! And it is really appealing to girls with graphics and music that are very sweet. But I find it to be an incomplete math app.
I found this from Books and Stuff which is the blog for Westerville Library and they give their perspective on the winners at the bottom of this post. Benny and Penny in the Big No-No by Jeffrey Hayes is the 2010 Winner. The information on the Geisel 2010 winners is from the ALSC (The Association for Library Service to Children):
The Booktrust Early Years award shortlist was announced late last week. For great picture book that you’ve never heard off, please check out this list … makes great gifts for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers!
Blame this on a late night iPad binge blog reading session, chortling late into the night reading Go Fug Yourself but I have discovered the inner snark in myself and have applied it to a new and puzzling board book called My Foodie ABC: A Little Gourmet’s Guide by Puck.
I have posted on the Dr. Seuss ebooks for iPhone/iPad/iPod apps by Oceanhouse Media previously (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss ABC, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and Oh The Places You’ll Go) and how much I think their apps are the gold standard for ebooks.
DesignTrackMind asked me to post on this topic and I thought, “Gee, I wish I knew myself.” She said that she is asking me, not because I have all the answers, but because she knows that I will go crazy and do all the research. So, I did do that, and here it is. And may we all raise confident kids because the world would be a better place if we did.