Developed to encourage reading, the app is a fully interactive book for preschoolers and kindergarteners or special needs children. It engages the child with interactive animation making them participate in the story.
Miramar, FlL (PRWEB) June 16, 2011
A young Leonardo da Vinci, Leo, ventures into the Mayan jungle in search of his misplaced art supplies in the new book application for the iPad, Mayan Quest. This new application features the main character from the popular art education web site, Color with Leo(R). The story literally unfolds in front of the young reader with a stunning opening animation sequence. Developed to encourage reading, the app is a fully interactive book for preschoolers and kindergarteners or special needs children. It engages the child with interactive animation making them participate in the story.
As a reading tool, the Mayan Quest app gives the young user three reading options. The child can enjoy the story by listening to the clear narration; tapping and listening to each word separately; or simply reading the story on their own without the assistance of the narrator.
Enhancing the reading experience, each page offers additional activity questions which reinforce other basic skills, such as shape and color recognition. Beyond the activity questions and subtle atmospheric jungle soundtrack, the beautifully illustrated pages place the child alongside Leo in the dense jungle and Mayan ruins.
This is Leo’s first venture outside his home in the Color with Leo(R) web site. Valued by parents and teachers in the US and around the world, the site is implemented into the daily curriculum to enrich lessons by numerous classrooms, such as those in Jefferson Elementary School in Wisconsin, Shaw Elementary School in Wasilla, Alaska and the 4th Primary School in Komotini, Greece. The lessons in the site were developed by Mrs. Tara Schumacher, a certified art teacher specializing in early childhood education. The Color with Leo(R) site is accepted as a “Great Web Site for Kids” by the American Library Association and endorsed by the Los Angeles County and Baltimore City public library systems. The main goal of Leo’s site is to enhance a child’s appreciation for art by using interactive games and activities. Leo now takes his appeal and knowledge to Appple’s iPad.
The Mayan Quest app is the brainchild of artist and early childhood art education specialist, Norman Silva. With a vision to develop fun enriching apps for kids, Mr. Silva and his business partner, Suhail Siddiqui, a software engineer who has worked for fortune 500 companies, formed a new company, Red Art Box Applications, LLC. earlier this year. Mayan Quest is their first app to release.
Introductory pricing for the app is just $.99. It can be purchased through Apple’s app store. Leo’s Mayan Quest app will soon be available for other tablets, too.
Developed to enrich a child’s reading skills, the Mayan Quest app does that and a lot more.
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