If you haven’t seen this wonderful children’s book, which is a brilliantly creative bridge between teaching reading and writing, then take a quick look at this video reading from the author here:
As silly as it is, early childhood educators will see the value of reading this story in the classroom! Here are 5 activities that you can plan for using the microphone built into the iPad. These activities teach children about sound, voice recording and cause/effect of incoming sound. Children will use their own voice, record other voices and create with sound and image.
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This free app uses the microphone to visualise sound as simple, black and white animated faces. It’s great for pre-verbal learners who need encouraging to experiment with vocal sounds. Your learners will have lots of fun reading some of the words and phrases in The Book With No Pictures and make the faces move on screen!
2. Sensory Mica and Sensory Speak Up!
These are two free apps which visualise sound in different ways. Again, they use the microphone and respond to incoming sound without children need to press record. Sensory Mica will make visual sound ‘explosions’ on screen. These visualisations give illustrations to the way the words sound in the book. As children read the nonsense words of the book, they could screenshot (press and hold the sleep/wake button and home button) then paint their sound explosion from the saved image.
Sensory Speak Up is a sound timeline. As the seconds pass in real time, each line visualises the sound recorded that second. You can read the book and capture when children laugh. You’ll also see when it is quiet as the bars are skipped out because there is no incoming sound to the microphone!Continue reading