I like reward charts, I’ve used them with Roo since she reached about 2 years of age and began to understand the consequences of good -v- bad behaviour. Our fridge as a result is adorned with sticker charts and certificates for her efforts during the week. Furthermore, I use them in the classroom; I find that if the concept is reinforced to children that good behaviour gives them access to golden play or special activities they are far more willing to follow instructions and tasks.
The thing is though some of the pre-made reward charts are expensive and when you run out of stickers you’ve got to buy more of them. An alternative is available though with the Nice Bear Naughty Bear app available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
I waited to use the app on my iPad and Daddy E’s iPhone 4GS as my antiquated 3GS is having hissy fits when I download new apps lately. The app is visually attractive and was designed by Oxford Grandmother Avril Lethbridge who got fed up of the lack of manners today after witnessing unselfish behaviour on her local bus route. The Nice Bear Naughty Bear app features 16 nice and naughty bears, each with their own rhyme. Characters include brave bear, greedy bear, sharing bear, shy bear and bully bear.
Parents can create a profile for their children where good bears reward children with a cheer, and naughty bears with a groan. Everything about this app is educationally sound. It encourages good behaviour and also enables one to take rewards away when the child misbehaves. The whole concept is all about reinforcing good manners, which is something I have been blogging about in recent weeks.
I love the categories that get nice bears rewards such as being clever, saying sorry or saying please or thank you. Mind you the naughty bear awards really are clever such as nose picking, being rude, and being lazy or greedy (and I know Roo is guilty of these sometimes!).
You can tell that someone who has had a lot to do with young children has invented this and as a former teacher Mrs Lethbridge has clearly used her knowledge of what works in the education system and bought it into the digital mordern age. The reward system has to be decided by the user.
As you can see the app is simple to use, intuitive and quick to use in order to pass out rewards; what I really like is that you are able to print out certificates for the child to keep.
Nice Bear Naughty Bear Behaviour Reward App
As this app is only £1.99 price is not an issue. It does depend on the user having an ipad, ipod touch or an iphone.
Would I use it? Yes I probably would as I like digital apps and find they fit into our lifestyle easily and I like the fact that this teachers about manners as well as the consequences of positive and negative behaviour. Obviously for the grandparents it wouldn’t work as they don’t have access to the technology so I can still see our paper reward charts having a place in their houses but this is another good alternative but like any reward system the success does depend on the perseverance of the person using it.
For the purpose of this review I was provided with a code to download my complimentary copy of Nice Bear Naughty Bear.