Software Smoothie, the developers who brought you the original Felt Board app for the iPad, and Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen of the award-winning early literacy program, Mother Goose on the Loose, are pleased to announce the release of the Felt Board - Mother Goose on the Loose app.
Felt Board - Mother Goose on the Loose is a nursery rhyme flannel board app designed for young children to use along with their parents and caregivers. It features favorite nursery rhyme illustrations and sound recordings from the popular Mother Goose on the Loose program, which is offered to families in public libraries all across the country. Together, children and caregivers are able to help Bo Peep find her lost sheep and dance them around the screen, guide Jack and Jill up and down the hill, march with the Grand Old Duke of York, jump 2 Little Monkeys on and off the bed, and more.
"With Felt Board - Mother Goose on the Loose, Software Smoothie brings historic Mother Goose rhymes to 21st century learning for children, educators and parents," says Jackie Bryla, SLPA and founder of ACT - Apps Consulting and Training. Felt Board - Mother Goose on the Loose is a versatile app that encourages parent-child interaction, and also reinforces early literacy skills. It can be used in the home, library, and in early childhood education settings.
The app also includes an information section with tips from Dr. Diamant-Cohen for parents using the app together with young children, and for librarians seeking to incorporate the app into their Mother Goose on the Loose library program. She stresses the importance of parents interacting with their children when using technology, and offers this advice for librarians seeking to incorporate technology into their early childhood programs:
"Technology and new media handled with careful consideration, in moderation; In ways that fit with the program's intent and don't overwhelm, that enhance but don't replace, and that encourage parent/child interaction are appropriate for use in a Mother Goose on the Loose program."
The app was created based on a recommendation by Cen Campbell, a children's librarian and founder of LittleeLit, a website dedicated to helping libraries incorporate digital media into their early literacy programming. She has used both the original Felt Board app for the iPad and Mother Goose on the Loose in her program, and imagined bringing the two groups together to create an app. Ms. Campbell made the introductions that sparked the conversation and collaboration, resulting in an app for children that all are extremely proud of.
Felt Board - Mother Goose on the Loose 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.