“ C l a s s room research shows that, on the average, children who are
taught phonics get off to a better start in learning to read than children
who are not taught phonics."
Anderson, Hiebert, Scott, & Wilkinson
El Dorado Hills, CA (PRWEB) October 11, 2011
“We are so pleased with our new four-in-one phonics-based app, Phonics Fun and Games,” said former kindergarten teacher and Pre K Scholars founder, Amy Schwary. “It is fun and easy for 3-6 year olds to master and works beautifully either freestanding or as a supplement to our Kindergarten Readiness Kit DVD. Parents and preschools can use the app to reinforce any phonics-based preschool curriculum or for independent study.” The Phonics Cards section of the app introduces upper and lowercase letters and sounds and responds to visual, auditory or kinesthetic learners. These concepts are then reinforced in the three fun games, Guessing Game, Trace & Learn, and Matching & Memory, that children can play on their own. The high repetition capacity of all the games is beneficial to all children and provides a particularly beneficial tool for those with learning disabilities such as Down’s syndrome and autism or ESL (English as Second Language) learners.
The Guessing Game section provides three clues to a place or thing that begins with the letter under study. There are 5 cards per letter for a total of 130. “The Guessing Game is a favorite of our preschool curriculum,” said Schwary, “so we simply had to include it. It reinforces beginning sounds and vocabulary development. We are unaware of any app with a similar game.”
Trace & Learn demonstrates proper upper and lower case letter formation by showing how letters are made. A child simply drags his/her finger along the letter connecting the green star to the red star thereby learning the fundamentals of letter formation and handwriting.
The final game, Matching and Memory, enhances memory, thinking and visual skills by flipping and matching upper and lower case cards. An infinite number of possibilities are included so a child will never see the same combination of upper and lower case letters twice. The prototypes were so well received by children that Schwary warns parents, “Just be ready. Your children will be forever pestering you for your phone.”
Pre K Scholars has released its first iPhone app, Phonics Fun and Games, based on the Scholarville characters in its award winning, phonics-based Kindergarten Readiness Kit.
Digital Attic developed the app in collaboration with Pre K Scholars. “We were hired by Pre K Scholars to adapt and animate their preschool curriculum to the DVD that was launched March 2011 and became sold on the program and its Scholarville characters,” said Digital Attic vice president, Troy Vasquez. “My wife is a school teacher and my daughter is four so I did not have to go far to test the app as we refined it. My daughter loves all four games and can play them all without any help from me, an important design requirement we had to meet for Pre K Scholars.”
Next for Pre K Scholars and Digital Attic are Phonics Fun and Games apps for the iPad and Android platforms.
To learn more about the Pre K Scholars preschool curriculum and approach to kindergarten readiness, visit http://www.prekscholars.com. To learn more about custom website and mobile app development, visit http://www.digitalattic.com