There is a WONDERFUL GIVEAWAY for one lucky winner today! I have been looking forward to this day for several weeks, because I get to tell you about a program my children have been using - Storyvalues Interactive. You know that we love all things technology in our home, so when I was approached to review this program I was very interested.
Storyvalues is, quite simply, online telling of folktales.
"Storyvalues is a modern expression of the ancient tradition of storytelling."
"Storyvalues allows children to interact with stories, see and hear examples of art and music from around the world and participate in creative activities that promote personal expression and problem solving."
Currently the program offers 15 folktales from all over the world, which your child can watch on the computer. (Each year Storyvalues will be adding 10 additional stories, with 100 interactive stories in 5 years.) Once the story is over, the child can click on the interactive story page to learn more about the story, including music, art, language, dance and culture. The home screen looks like this...
we went immediately to Europe, because we are studying Greece right now. A wonderful folktale, "The Barber's Secret" popped up and my children were on their way!
The storyteller was interesting, and what I especially liked is that the stories weren't cartoon-ish! My children had to LISTEN to the story - they were not entertained by a huge graphic display, which I appreciated, as we are developing our "twaddle-free" environment! Storyvalues allowed my children to have some time (without me) to continue learning important things about our current history unit. Computer time was meaningful and productive, and they looked forward to it each day.
On Storyvalues, you can 1) play the recorded story, 2) explore the interactive web page and 3) use follow up materials (which included art slides, musical instrument sounds and much more!) Being a music teacher, I was interested in the musical instruments, which were all authentic sounds, and can be heard during the story telling. Very nice!
You can best see what Storyvalues is about by watching their video. Storyvalues can be purchased by an indiviual homeschool family, or by several families together. It might even be a good idea for a homeschool co-op to purchase. Detailed pricing options can be found here.
I see Storyvalues as being a wonderful supplement to our history program ~ for the price you get many quality stories, and with more to come it's even better. And, did I mention that Storyvalues is fully functional on the iPad? That is a major selling point for our house!
One lucky Homegrown Learners' reader will win a Storyvalues License - valued at $65.00!!
This giveaway lasts until tomorrow at 8 p.m.! To enter:
- leave me a comment and tell me how you would use this in your homeschool.
- visit Storyvalues on Facebook and like their page and leave me a comment
- watch the video I linked to above and tell me what you think is the best part about Storyvalues
- Tweet this giveaway, and leave me a comment telling me you did so.
This post is linked with the Giveaway Day at Hip Homeschool Moms.
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