“The Melody Tree” game provides opportunities to increase student’s concentration and audio-visual memory in a unique way. The student must recognize and find the matching pairs of sounds that are hidden at melody keys hanging from a branch of a melody tree. The sounds can be heard and revealed when the student keeps their hand still for few seconds on a melody key. The game supports student’s auditory memory training and linguistic development at the same time.
The sounds are categorized into different conceptual categories (e.g. animals, weather, instruments, melodies, sound motifs, etc.) that can be chosen by the teacher. Also, the teacher can provide clues that offer extra help in the game by enabling the child to see the corresponding images of the hidden sounds. To add challenge to the game, visual and/or audio distractors could be added. This game enhances children’s memory, attention and concentration by engaging in a game format. Sound recognition lays the foundational skills needed to discriminate sounds of letters and phonemes required for reading.
Are you ready to find the hidden pairs of sounds?
Disable/enable background music.
Disable/enable sound effects while selecting an item.
I CAN understand that there are sounds when I choose an item.
I CAN choose a melody with my left hand.
Time to remain stable to select an item.
Reduce the time if the child shows arm stability.
I CAN hold my right hand still for 3 seconds to select an item.
Time to finish pairing items.
Disable this if the student feels pressure.
I CAN keep pairing up the sounds for 1 minute.
Grid size shows how many sounds there are on the screen and how many sounds the students have to hear in order to complete the game.
I CAN pair 3 pairs of sounds together.
I CAN expand the grid size after my first go.
Item categories allow teachers to match students’ skills with items available in the game.
These items can be changed according to the teacher’s preference and learning goals for early reading.
I CAN match up to 4 pairs of sounds in the Animals category.
I CAN recognize sounds related to e.g. animals.
This option shows pictures of animals or things that make particular sounds in the grids. Using the visual aid, students can correlate sounds with pictures.
I CAN pair 3 animal sounds with or without visual aid.
This option enables distracters while choosing items. The distracters are such as random shake of items and splashing stars.
I CAN notice different pictures on the screen.
I CAN match the 6 sounds of animals with their pictures.
I CAN match the items despite the audio distractions.
This shows statistics on the number of correct and wrong attempts as well as the total ones and on the amount of time the student spent on the game (the time is shown on the top right corner).
Also, it depicts student’s tries analytically.