App of the Week :: A Shiver of Sharks by Little Bahalia

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  A Shiver of Sharks by Julie Hedlund and illustrated by Pamela Baron is a wonderful storybook app for your youngsters!  I am a big fan of Pamela Baron's illustrations.  The colors are so rich and there is a simplicity in illustrations that I really enjoy and think most children will as well.  This is Julie Hedlund's second storybook app with Little Bahalia Publishing.  The first page opens up and we are given the option to turn the music on or off and there is even a section for Parents & Teachers.  Inside this section you will find Reading Strategies which include discussion questions with deeper thinking exercises for young readers as well as Curriculum for teachers that include details about grade levels, common core standards and Bloom's taxonomy.  At any time you can click Home and it will take you to the beginning of the story.     The music is … [Read more...]

In the Spotlight with Zen Labs

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    There some products you come across and say "Why didn't I think of that?"  The fun and helpful app that Anahelena Natera of Zen Labs developed - is one of them!  I think this is such a great idea as most parents take hundreds of pictures with their iPhone and promise themselves they will organize them "one of these days".   I know I am one of those people but I never seem to get around to it!  With the Kid-Capsule app, you can organize your photo's according to date and event.  You can make notations to where the picture was taken, what was said (as we all know the funny things kids say), and there is even room to organize the whole family into their own sections if you choose to.  This app provides a wonderful way to journal your family members  and document lasting memories.  I had the opportunity to speak to Ms. Natera about her app: Tell us how the idea … [Read more...]