How do I use it? This summer, my graduate intern designed a communication board with bead choices and comments. The child (pictured at right) used the board to tell the adult what type of bead she wanted. If we had had two children, each child could take turns selecting beads. 'Let's Bead Friends' was very motivating and easy to use. This student in the picture was learning to combine words into sentences--since she loved the activity, she was very motivated to use her language! Some children struggle with the fine motor aspects of crafts--an app like this levels the playing field, allowing an activity similar to the real thing without the extra motoric skills required.
In addition to enhancing communication skills, I think that Let's Bead Friends has potential to teach or reinforce math patterns. Those of you who work in the schools know that in the early grades, a lot of work is done teaching ABAB and ABCABC patterns to name a few. Beads could be put on the bracelet in a pattern that the teacher wants.
|Screen shot--the color is picked and the design is the choice now. Touch the + to do a virtual stringing.|
|Here are beads in an ABAB pattern. What would come next?|
All in all, this is a fun app for the iPad, and well worth the .99 cents.
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