Locally Made : Halina’t Bumasa Learning App

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I’m always on the lookout for a learning app that Jael can use. The digital age has made it quite impossible not to be online. However, for kids it’s a must to make sure their experience online can be one that is both fun, safe and educational.

I was introduced to a Filipino learning app, Halina’t Bumasa and I found it interesting that there was an app specially made for Filipino kids. This particular app teaches kids about the parts of their body but in that, it also teaches them letters and sounding out.

The Halina’t Bumasa app is the brainchild of the Tuason family who decided to create their own app when they saw the lack relatable apps for Filipino children.

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The app is very straightforward and easy to use. You have your choice of Filipino dialects to choose from and even the English language.

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The learning app will teach children about their body parts from head to toe. The game is interactive though so kids won’t get bored as they learn.

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Kids are introduced to a body part then told to spell out the part by dragging the letters. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t know the alphabet completely there are outlines of each letter to help guide them. The word is also sounded out adding another learning experience.

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You can download these apps for free for a limited time!

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Celebrate International Dot Day with Speakaboos

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I’m a big fan of the Speakaboos story app where Jael and I have read tons of fascinating stories. Every night we make it a point to read at least 2 stories.

Well, they have just shared some great news with us. They will be celebrating International Dot Day by adding Peter H. Reynold’s “Ish” to the Speakaboos library!

SPEAKABOOS WELCOMES CHILDREN’S STORYBOOK FAVORITE “ISH” TO ITS DIGITAL LIBRARY IN CELEBRATION OF “INTERNATIONAL DOT DAY”

The Follow-Up to “The Dot” Launches on the Award-Winning Digital Literacy Platform on September 15th

On September 15th, millions of kids and educators around the world will celebrate the spirit of creativity famously featured in Peter H. Reynolds’ beloved storybook classic, “The Dot.” Speakaboos, the award-winning digital literacy platform, joins this special event known as “International Dot Day” by adding “Ish,” Mr. Reynold’s acclaimed follow-up to “The Dot,” to its library of digital storybooks.

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“Ish” is the story of Ramon, who loves to draw but calls into question his abilities when his creations are criticized for not being realistic enough. Luckily, Ramon has a spirited little sister who sees the world differently and helps him appreciate that there is more than getting things just “right.” It’s ok to be “right-ish” and to think “ish-ly.” According to the renowned author, “Ish” is “… a tribute to an approach to thinking – and relaxing – about your art, your writing, your craft. Your life.”

“Peter H. Reynolds has given the children’s storybook world something truly special with ‘The Dot’ and ‘Ish,’” said Dr. Alice Wilder, Chief Learning Officer, Speakaboos. “The focus on creativity and self-expression is a valuable message to kids and they are wonderful titles to have in the Speakaboos library. We’re honored to be able to share these stories with our young readers around the world in celebration of International Dot Day.”

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“Ish” will receive the unique Speakaboos treatment that encourages kids to read along with highlighted text in a digital storybook format. In this “Read to Me” mode, words are highlighted as the story progresses which supports literacy skills including fluency and vocabulary as well as print awareness and listening skills. The story adds to the growing Speakaboos library of over 175 interactive stories and will join “The Dot” which is already available on the platform. Kids, parents, and educators can read “The Dot,” in anticipation of “Ish” launching on Speakaboos by visiting the website where they can sign up for a free 7-day trial before registering for a $4.99 monthly or $49.99 full-year subscription. The Speakaboos app featuring the entire library for mobile devices can be downloaded for iOS through the App Store or for Android through Google Play.

Speakaboos will also join the millions of #DotDay participants from around the world on social media to celebrate creativity on September 15th and will host a contest on Twitter. One lucky winner will win a hardcover copy of “Ish” autographed by the author (see the official Speakaboos Facebook page for details). Speakaboos invites fans to follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the #DotDay activity.

Read more about our Speakaboos experience!

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Speakaboos Interactive Childrens Story App & A Giveaway!

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My love for reading is something I’ve tried to impress upon the kids. Since we lack the space I’ve made it so that I make reading available on all our gadgets. I constantly search for a story app that will hold Jael’s interest. We’ve tried quite a few but nothing that Jael would keep coming back to until I found Speakaboos.

Jael is almost going to school and I’ve been encouraging him to read. Setting a great example is Bastian who likes to read and has read many books. I’m gradually easing him into YA and right now he’s reading The Maze Runner. Kianna on the other hand is not as enthusiastic about reading BUT when she read Judy Blume’s Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret she got interested in similar books.

Since we discovered Speakaboos (ideal for kids aged 2-7) we all take turns reading with him. For the most part it’s me and the little guy. I really fell in love with this story app because not only does it have a library of over 150 books but the books are interactive with animated characters, story-driven games, and touch-screen interactions.

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When you open the app you are brought to a book like screen and you can turn the pages to see the different stories available. When you pick a story it will load onto your device if it’s the first time you’ll be reading it. Make sure to have adequate space on your devices.

There’s a wide variety of story themes and some of Jael’s favorites are the Classics, Fairy Tales, Holidays and Robots. There are popular characters as well, such as Angelina Ballerina and Thomas and Friends.

All books will give you options. As you can see below in one of Jael’s favorite stories, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, he can choose from Read To me, Read & Play and Read It Myself. He’s still learning how to read so he chooses Read & Play. Read & Play offers an interactive experience which I’ll tell you more about in a bit.

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There are some stories that are reading by song like this Dinostory: Brachiosaurus. There are so many options to use in this app and it’s guaranteed your child will never get bored.

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One of my favorite reads and interactive activities for Jael is the Find It stories.

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When you choose Read & Play the story is read to you and it has an activity that your child can play, specifically finding items.

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This activity is great for recall and introducing kids to new things. So far there are 10 stories and hopefully they make more!

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Speakaboos currently has a “Back to School” campaign. Speakaboos content is developed to be both educational and entertaining based on the acclaimed research of Dr. Alice Wilder, Chief Content Officer for Speakaboos and one of the world’s leading experts on literacy through media. Dr. Wilder has taken her experience creating and producing beloved children’s programs such as Blue’s Clues and SuperWHY! and applied it to a uniquely effective learning model that is anchored in active learning, comprehension-based storytelling, and formative research.

Research has shown that children love Speakaboos because it’s fun, parents love that it can be used independently and promotes active learning, and educators love that it motivates children of all reading levels to read. Speakaboos is distributed to thousands of children in homes, schools and libraries globally in strategic partnership with the world’s largest education, media and technology companies.

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