This was the question posed to me a week or so ago by an enquiring follower.
She got a few sensible responses (they are still about; my daughter still reads them) and a few not so sensible. I think I suggested Biff had become a scientist (know it all), Chip is a drug addict and Kipper was dead…..
It’s ok…nothing of the sort has happened. They are still the same and haven’t aged a bit! I was being mischievous.
However I did get the opportunity to try out the new apps for Biff, Chip and Kipper which was perfect timing as I had just had a little panic attack about the fact The Monster still can’t say his name properly and he’s starting school in September.
First of all we tried out Level 3, 4 & 6 for my (not quite) 7-year-old. She read her little brother one of the books and seemed to enjoy it. She especially liked that some pages were different and zoomed in and out whilst the text stayed the same. She then complained they were too easy, but I think she’s now used to more words on the page, I have no doubt she’ll be back reading them again.
Next we tried Level 1-3 for The Monster (TM). We started on the Level 1: Getting Ready to Read books. I read one story but Pickle started fidgeting so I decided to keep those for another day and we headed down to the lower bookshelf on the app and selected Kipper’s Alphabet I Spy. Now, this was right up TM’s street. Actually Pickle thoroughly enjoyed doing this as well. He not only had a go at writing the letter (following the dotted lines) but he got to choose which objects on the right hand side started with the letter. We all had great fun working our way through this and it was a great opportunity (I don’t get many) to get TM to try saying words and listen to the start of them.
We then tried Chip’s Letter Sounds which worked some more on tracing the letters but, most importantly, spend a lot of time saying the sound. They then got to find objects in a picture starting with that sound. Both of them loved this. TM started by finding the 5 easiest ones (with help) and then Pickle would find the other 5 (or not — a few tricky ones were in there).
Needless to say the books have gone down a storm in our house. TM gets excited at the prospect of using the iPad and then happily sits down to practice “my words” and I get (vaguely) excited that I’m actually putting some effort into trying to get my son (and second born) into some sort of acceptable state for school in September.
I would thoroughly recommend them (especially for younger children) as a good introduction to phonics and reading. They have been a very welcome addition to our iPad.
This is NOT a sponsored post. I was offered a free version of these book apps with no obligation to write a post (honestly – happy to drag the email out for you if you want). I have written this post by choice as I liked them.
The apps are available for £4.99 each