Bibliographic Info: Wee Sing & Learn 123 Cupcake Digital/Wee Sing/Penguin (2014) Format: App, Music Video Interest Level: kids ages 2 to 6 Genre: Sing-along Themes: Numbers and Counting
Summary: Wee Sing & Learn 123 is a tool for teaching basic number knowledge. The app includes the singable “123 Song” music video that includes onscreen lyrics.
Review: Wee Sing & Learn 123 is an app that functions as a tool for teaching number knowledge to young children. The useful piece of this app for storytime is a singable version of the 123 song. Onscreen letters and lyrics are visually highlighted to encourage audiences to sing along.
1. Wee Sing & Learn 123 provides parents with opportunities to use the following Early Literacy-Building Parent Practices (see full list of parent practices here):
- Playing is a primary way in which children learn language (and this book is very playful).
- Singing together is a fun bonding experience with your child. Musical experiences cultivate brain development and teach children concepts such as steady beat, rhythm and tempo.
2. Wee Sing & Learn 123 supports these Common Core Guidelines (see full list here):
- Focus on cultivating children’s core knowledge of numbers through number-themed books, songs, and elements that provide young children with a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, and subtraction.
- Add information-focused content and materials that broaden knowledge of the real world.
- Integrate new media materials and technology in classroom settings. Cultivate media literacy behaviors through modeling.
- Create a more participatory culture in group programs and classroom settings. Use materials that invite participation and keep learners engaged.
- Play-alikes: Ten Little Numbers from KidsTV123, Wee Sing & Learn ABC, ABC Phonix Song from KidsTV123
- Links: website, Vimeo
- Reviews: Appysmarts (see before you buy), iStorytime Wee Sing & Learn 123 Video Review
I chose to review the Wee Sing & Learn 123 app because LittleeLit.com recommends using it in digital storytime programs.
Written by Tom Schween, founder of storytimeWOW!