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Hameray Herald: March 2014 Issue

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Mar 26, 2014 8:41:00 AM




Hameray's collection of high-interest readers are designed to provide reading help to both struggling and reluctant readers. The readability of these controlled books aids striving readers in improving their reading strategies, while developing stronger comprehension skills. Hameray offers books that range in reading level from M–S with an interest level for students in grades 3–8.

Series include the Hameray Biography Series, Download Series, Underwater Encounters, Extraordinary Files and SuperScripts.

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Blog: Susanna Westby of Whimsy Workshop

WORDLESS BOOKS. Get inspiration from Susanna's great lesson ideas on writing: observations, invented spellings, and editing.

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LEARNING + FUN. Spring Break shouldn't be an excuse to let the learning stop! Have parents download Hameray's early literacy apps while students are out of the classroom or augment your classroom lessons with these educational apps for the iPad & iPhone. 

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Topics: Joy Cowley, Hameray Herald, Mobile Apps, My World, Apps, Joy Cowley Classics

NEW Under the Sea App: FREE through 12/11!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Dec 5, 2013 8:00:00 AM

Under the Sea is an educational app based on our Underwater Encounters series. Designed by Playrific for the iPad and iPhone, Under the Sea provides brain-boosting interactive activities and interesting, educational facts about many different varieties of sea creatures. Children can read mini-books accompanied by audio narration, sharpen their minds with memory matching games and jigsaw puzzles, flip through libraries of gorgeous underwater photgraphy, and express their creative side with coloring activities! There are even short video clips of sea animals in their natural habitats! With thirty sea-creature-related activities, your children will get hours of education and entertainment from this app, helping them to meet Common Core Standards for understanding information presented via diverse media!


Click Here to Download from iTunes!

FREE through December 11th!

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The app has five screens of activities, with six activities per screen. There are six types of activities (hear-and-read, matching, jigsaw puzzles, coloring, video, and photo libraries) and there are five content categories that correspond to five Underwater Encounters books: Sea Turtles, Clever Crustaceans, Treacherous Tentacles, Ocean Oddities, and Spines, Stingers, and Teeth.


Hear and Read

The hear-and-read activities are mini-books with text and photos taken from our 48-page readers. They highlight interesting facts narrated aloud. Clicking on the individual words in the text causes the narrator to repeat the word on its own, allowing children to closely associate the way the word looks with the way it sounds.


Memory Matching Activities

The matching activities pull images from the related hear-and-read. Children examine the selected "card" closely, then try to find its match. This activity can help them learn to pay close attention to detail, sharpen working memory, and improve familiarity with the characteristics of the newly introduced sea creatures.


Photo Libraries

Children can flip through stunning photography by widely published underwater photographer Robert Yin, giving them glimpses into the magical world under the sea! Each photo library has twenty to fifty colorful, fascinating photographs, featuring sharks, seahorses, squid, and more!

Video Clips

See the sea from a diver's-eye viewpoint, complete with scuba-tank breathing audio! Your children will love to pretend that this app is a window to the undersea world and they are the divers! Short video clips show lurking sharks, teeming schools of fish, curious squid, and more!









Click and Color

Bring out your child's inner artist with click-and-color drawings of the sea creatures from the books they've read. Simply click the palette to select a color, then click the image to color the area within the lines! Be realistic or fantastic!


Jigsaw Puzzles

Choose from 4-, 8-, 12-, or 24-piece versions of puzzles made from gorgeous underwater photography. The puzzles are timed, so even after children have mastered a particular puzzle, they can get additional enjoyment trying to beat their best time!

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FREE through December 11th!




To learn more about the Underwater Encounters series that this app is based on, you can click here to visit our website or click the image below to download an information sheet with key features!


Underwater Encounters Sales Sheet



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Topics: Underwater Encounters, Apps, New Products

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