"The single biggest predictor of high academic achievement and high ACT scores is reading to children. Not flash cards, not workbooks, not fancy preschools, not blinking toys or computers, but Mom or Dad taking the time every day or night (or both!) to sit and read them wonderful books."
- Taken from A Magical Childhood Blog
We all know how vital reading is to young children. There are studies galore that highlight the mental, social and emotional benefits, and programs such as 1000 Books Before Kindergarten that encourage regular reading time. But sometimes, story time can feel like a chore, or a bore if you’re stuck reading the same stories over and over. How do you mix it up, make it fresh and exciting for your kids? Try out the Novel Effects app!
It’s free and available in iTunes or Google Play.
Novel Effects will add background music and other sounds to the story you are reading, plus it will add effects when you read key words (doors closing, footsteps, etc.). The app has a nice selection of stories for infants through grade school, and new stories are added regularly. You can either read a paper copy of the book or you can purchase the eBook through the stores.
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