The Adventures of Pan and Apollo

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The Adventures of Pan…and Apollo.

It’s been a long year of kindergarten for Apollo. Back when we enrolled him in the fall, we were much more concerned about social skills, anxiety and eating than academics. As I recently posted, Apollo has grown by leaps and bounds in those areas. He is so much more confident less clingy. He sleeps through the night at least half the time now, he has fallen asleep in his own bed (alone) three or four times now…Academics aside, he is making so much progress!

And speaking of academics Apollo is beginning to read.The pieces are falling together and Apollo is beginning to READ!

Last night he pulled out the book To Root to Toot to Parachute: What is a Verb.  He was looking at the pictures a few feet away from me…and pretty soon I heard him sounding out the words…some pretty big ones to. He read: to pull a tooth or pull some (he needed help with the word pranks). He sounded out: blow a bubble and so take a present and send some (then needed help with thanks). I don’t think there is anything quite so exciting as seeing a child begin to decode words on their own. 

Review of the app: Pan: Han Awakening

Another exciting event for Apollo is the release of the newest book in Adventures of Pan: Han Awakening. Apollo loves the Adventures of Pan. In fact, you have probably spotted his stuffed Pan in photos before.

Apollo with Pan

Look and tiny and chubby he was!

You can even see Pan in the video from BEN! and Adalia’s wedding

I don’t know what it is that makes Apollo feel so connected to Pan…While he loves LEGO and super heroes, it is Pan who he relates to. Maybe it is the combination of mischief and adventure…maybe it is because Pan often feels nervous and scared…what ever it is, he loves her. 

Pandora Beribolt (Pan) lives in a magical land in the clouds. She has lost her parents and with the help of her friends, tries to find them while simultaneously saving the world. Pan is full of mischief, but when she disobeys or causes trouble there are consequences. Sometimes friends are hurt and she is always made to apologize and make things right.

The Pan stories are not games… they are completely interactive stories. Unlike just watching a movie, the Pan books involve the child in the story. I reviewed their original book back in 2013 because I loved it so much. I have been equally impressed with each book since. I was given the apps free to review, but given no other compensation. Why do I bother to review them? Because I think they are awesome and I believe your child will enjoy them too.

Last Sunday afternoon Apollo was able to play with the newest book Han Awakening. He was happily engaged in the story. And then he decided he wanted a popsicle. I encouraged him to go out to our outdoor freezer, by himself, to get the popsicle. He wasn’t sure about that idea at all…he slowly walked toward the door…suddenly, he turned around, grabbed his stuffed Pan and ran toward the freezer (Chuck told me he stopped along the way to grab a plastic baseball bat). He came back in a few minutes later flushed with triumph. He had faced his fears (along with Pan) and was rewarded with a popsicle.

I cannot make this stuff up friends!

You can now purchase the books individually or as a complete set. If you have a tablet, I highly recommend purchasing these books for your kids. Here’s what Apollo had to say. 

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7 Responses

  1. Yay, Apollo! Can’t believe he’s starting to read, that’s so cool.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Yes, its so exciting! He’s starting to pick out words all over.

  2. Marianne

    Aww! I just fell in love with Apollo all over again. I loved hearing him talk about Pan and her adventures. Thanks for posting his video. And he’s learning to read! You’re right, nothing compares with hearing your little one read for the first time.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Aw, thanks so much. Yes, pretty soon he’ll be reading independently. I love when that whole new world is opened to them.

  3. Apollo is the sweetest! So well-spoken.Look how he has stretched!So happy he is learning to read.Blessings.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Yes, this has been a CRAZY year of growth for him.

  4. I have followed your family for awhile and I just loved to hear Apollo speak!

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