Sydney, NSW (PRWEB) April 30, 2014
Children can find learning to read and write frustrating and difficult. Recognising a solution in the integration of technology and learning, Reading Jets A - Z have developed an app that will make literacy fun for students aged 3 to 7.
As they begin formal education, many children find learning to read and write a daunting task and ages 3 to 7 are a crucial time for developing a good understanding of reading and writing. Children who aren’t given proper guidance during this time may give up on literacy altogether.
Developed by joint owners of Reading Jets, Sydney based sisters Kath and Zoe Watson, the Reading Jets app addresses this very issue with pre-schoolers and young students. Reading Jets A - Z is an online company concerned with integrating technology and online learning to make literacy fun for pre-schoolers and young students.
After introducing iPads into their literacy sessions, Kath and Zoe noticed instantly that reluctant readers became more engaged in lessons. Kath explains that this was the inspiration behind developing the app.
“We witnessed firsthand the positive effects educational apps have on children, in particular reluctant readers,” Kath says.
Having a combined 15 years of qualified Primary School teaching between them, the sisters and business partners are in a unique position to understand the trials faced by many young Australian students who are learning to read and write.
After finding that there is a lack of quality children’s educational apps on the market, Kath and Zoe became determined to fill that gap themselves. The Reading Jets app was to be completely Australian made. It would also contain features that would appeal to Australian students in general. Kath explains:
“Finding suitable children’s educational apps that used both the NSW Foundation Font and an Australian accent to teach letter/sound relationships was difficult, so we came up with Reading Jets A to Z!”
The Reading Jets app was developed to help children learn to read, write, and spell. It is a powerful tool that can be used to teach students the letters and sounds of the alphabet by using a combination of letter formation and sound recognition. Although it can be used on its own, the Reading Jets app is also be paired to compliment Reading Jets A – Z online courses.
“Reading Jets A to Z gives children the ability to learn the sounds of the alphabet through fun, engaging and educational learning games,” Kath says.
As qualified Primary School teachers, Kath and Zoe are able to identify common problem areas that are difficult for students to understand. The Reading Jets app has been designed with these problem areas in mind.
The Reading Jets app will teach children between the ages of 3 to 7 the essentials of literacy. Basics such as letter names and sounds, correct pronunciation for each letter, the order of the alphabet, handwriting skills, and the correct direction and starting points for each letter can all be mastered with the app.
Kath and Zoe also want to help children increase their vocabulary, as well as cognitive and concentration skills. The Reading Jets app is designed for Australian children specifically in that it uses NSW Foundation Font, and an Australian accent. Reading Jets have priced their app at AUD$2.99 to download from the Apple Store.
Kath and Zoe wanted to give children the chance to learn some basic phonics, literacy, and letter formation before they started formal schooling. As qualified teachers, Kath and Zoe know that children are often stressed when they first encounter a learning environment. They may be worried about fitting in and doing well in classes. Knowing basic literacy can help reduce some of the stress children may feel and make learning overall a much more enjoyable experience.
As strong believers in the huge learning potential offered by modern technology, Kath and Zoe designed the app to offer students a chance to learn regardless of their location. By combining technology with literacy, the Reading Jets app aims to help children with self-directed learning. Everything is narrated, and there is a robot helper (different models can be selected) to give children praise and help as they are learning. All this is designed to create an experience that makes literacy fun for young children.