Friday, October 25, 2013

Book Reviews They're Excited to Do

Getting into character for the video review.

My girls read all the time. Getting them to read has never been the problem. Getting them to document it with a book review is another story entirely.

Enter my iPhone and the iMovie app.

Many teacher friends share wonderful videos they've compiled with their children. Still images, videos, interviews and music combined to present a compelling message. We haven't done any of this and it's been on my to-do list for too long.

So, I though I'd look to see if there was an iMovie app for my phone and of course, there's an app for that.

For $4.99, I purchased the Apple iMovie app and within an hour, our first video was made.

I presented the idea to the girls, how they'd need to come up with props, a background and to do a write-up to prep for their talk. They LOVED the project and got straight to work, even the four year old. It was a relief to cross this battle off our weekly list and a great reminder that if they are putting up a fuss, thinking of a new angle is the way to go.

Here are the results of week one. These were all completed within the first afternoon of presenting the project and as you can see, the videography can use some work. But they were rushing as we only had one phone and they were eager to push the others along and get to their turn (to do a book review!)

They are pretty sweet.

The 4 year old's review of LaRue Across America:

The 8 year old's review of a Magic Tree House book:

The 10 year old's review of Nancy Drew's Mystery of the Fire Dragon:


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