Christmas Elf Countdown: Day 7

Make Your Own Stocking One more day until Christmas! It’s Christmas Eve and everything is almost ready for Santa’s arrival! In “Christmas Elf”, Sam has one last super elf task to do: hang the stockings. There’s one for Mom, and one for Dad, and one for… Where did Sam’s stocking go? Don’t worry, it was  Read more …

Christmas Elf Countdown: Day 6

Bake Cookies for Santa Only two more days until Christmas! In “Christmas Elf”, Sam knows that when Santa arrives, he’s going to be hungry from visiting all those other houses. So he decides to bake some yummy gingerbread cookies and decorates them with frosting and sprinkles for Santa to eat. Choose your favorite cookie recipe  Read more …

Christmas Elf Countdown: Day 5

Design Your Own Wrapping Paper There’s only three days until Christmas! Now that the birdhouse Sam made as a  surprise for his parents is finished, he has to wrap it up. He adds ribbons and bows to the gift to give it a creative flair. Making wrapping paper allows everyone a chance to express their  Read more …

Christmas Elf Countdown: Day 4

Homemade Gifts Four days until Christmas! Do you remember the surprise present that Sam makes for his mom and dad in “Christmas Elf”? It’s a beautiful birdhouse! He expresses his creativity and love for his parents by adding the finishing touch of a heart-shaped door. Now you and your Christmas Elf can make your very  Read more …

Christmas Elf Countdown: Day 3

Light Up the House Only five days until Christmas! Sam wants to make sure that Santa can see his family’s house from way up high in his sleigh, so he helps his mom put up the lights. They cover the windows, trees, and shrubs in lights and make sure every bulb lights up brightly. Create  Read more …

Christmas Elf Countdown: Day 2

Decorate the Tree Six days until Christmas! Sam wants to help his parents spruce up the Christmas tree. As he gets ready to decorate the tree, Sam finds unique ornaments — the bell he made for his mom last year, a photo ornament from his first Christmas (his mom’s favorite!) and a shiny star for  Read more …

Christmas Elf Countdown: Day 1

Write a Letter to Santa Seven days until Christmas — we hope that you and your Super Elf have read “Christmas Elf” and are ready for the Christmas Elf Countdown! In “Christmas Elf,” Sam is so excited, the first thing he does is write a letter to Santa Claus. In his letter, he reflects on  Read more …

Using Screen Time to Motivate Reading: An Interview with Susan B. Neuman

Speakaboos caught up with Susan B. Neuman, Professor and Chair of the Teaching and Learning Department at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University and early literacy specialist. As a leader in children’s literacy, we wanted to understand her perspective on using digital devices as a way to improve literacy  Read more …

Valentine’s Day Stories to Spark a Love of Reading

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to engage young readers! Speakaboos offers two tales as sweet as candy to celebrate the special day and spark kids’ interest in reading including a new sing-along story featuring Angelina Ballerina. We love Valentine’s Day so much, we’ve also updated the background in our app to reflect the season! Be sure  Read more …

Why Interactive Digital Math Stories? Let’s Count the Reasons…

By: Samantha Creighan, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor at Teachers College and Research Director at Speakaboos We’re excited to announce the release of Monster Birthday Surprise, the second of three stories aiming to introduce early math concepts that are a collaborative effort between Professor Herbert Ginsburg of Teachers College and Speakaboos, generously funded by the Heising-Simons  Read more …