Little Stories is a children’s book app where your child is the main character in most of the stories. When the parent opens the app, they enter their child’s name and selects their gender. The app then presents a series of stories to choose from. The stories feature their child’s name throughout the story.
The user can click on the page icon in the upper left corner of the screen to see an overview of all the pages in the story and move to specific parts of it. Tapping the screen removes the words from the screen, while another tap brings them back.
A recording feature is available for both parent and child to record their own audiobook to go along with the story. Pressing play allows the audio to play over the text as you control the page turning by pressing the play button on the right hand side of the screen.
Disclaimer: Little Stories uses your child’s name to create stories where they are the main character but also asks for your child’s gender as well. Characters in the story are then adjusted within the pictures in the story (i.e. a female pig has a bow, the male pig does not). For parents who do not wish to place their children within a gender binary, it is suggested that they try another storybook app.
Little Stories features two free books but requires a subscription for further reading. It is available now on Android and iOS.
Focus: Sustaining energy for short-term and long-term tasks.
Reading a story is a great way for young children to practice their short-term and long-term focusing skills. Some of the stories are longer than others, meaning they will require more focus. To build this skill with your child, start by reading stories together and then gradually let your child take over reading to you, then reading on their own. You can use the audio feature as well for younger children so they can follow along with the text as they hear their story.
Working Memory: Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.
Listening to an audio version of a book allows young readers to practice their working memory skills. As the words are being read out loud, the child follows along with the words on the page, learning to put sounds and text together to form meaning, all in real-time. For children who are not comfortable with reading on their own, parents should read alongside their children, pointing out each word as it is read and speaking slowly and clearly.
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