September 21, 2012 in Education (F)
[prMac.com] Paris, France - Mom, can I have your iPhone please? Is this the most used sentence by our Digital Natives these days?
"I'm pretty sure it sits right up there in Children's Top Ten Sentences along with 'No' (does it qualify as a sentence????), 'I'm not tired' and 'I'm hungry'! It particularly struck me the other day when I was sitting in a waiting room with my kids and the same question seemed to pop-up all over the room!" says Valerie Touze, Montessori teacher and co-founder at Les Trois Elles Interactive. "This is exactly why my partners and I set up Les Trois Elles Interactive two years ago; to give parents a real educational alternative when kids ask them for their iPhone/iPod or iPad."
Les Trois Elles Interactive, the award-winning publisher of Montessori Numberland and Montessori Letter Sounds announces today that it is releasing a new app called Montessori Geometry. Montessori Geometry is designed for children from 5 to 10. Younger children will enjoy learning shapes beyond the usual circle, triangle and square. Middle school children will spend hours playing with the different 3D shapes.
Some of Montessori Geometry's exciting features:
* 23 different shapes in 2D and 3D
* 6 beautiful Shape-Finding Cities to hunt shapes around the world
* An exclusive "magic paintbrush" option to reveal the hidden shapes
* A 2-player game to cooperate and not compete
* A "medals board" for positive reinforcement
* Stunning high quality graphics
* 8 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese and Chinese
Montessori Geometry is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. Les Trois Elles Interactive subscribes to Apple's "Discount for Educational Institutions" program, offering a reduced price for purchases of over 20 apps. Journalists and bloggers can contact Les Trois Elles Interactive for more information or promo codes.
"As a teacher, people often ask me my opinion on children and the use of digital devices. For obvious reasons I cannot say I am against children using smartphones/tablets. Our kids are 21st Century children so we have to let them live with their Time. However, I always alert parents on the importance of their role in this relatively new process: carefully choose the apps and always stay with the child when he plays with it for the first time. We always hear a lot of comments/opinions on screen time but there is a very big argument to be made on content suitability! Handing an iPhone to a 4 year old is like leaving him in an endless digital library, not all contents are appropriate, he needs to be guided."
Other apps by Les Trois Elles Interactive:
Montessori Numberland, currently featured in Apple's New & Noteworthy, won a Gold Medal at the Parents' Choice Awards last Fall. This very beautiful app takes children on a wonderful journey making them count objects from 1 to 9. When children are ready, it unveils the secret of the zero.
Montessori Letter Sounds was announced as this year's Parents' Choice Award Gold Winner. It is a must have phonics app. It offers children four steps from playing and identifying sounds ('I spy with my little eye') to spelling their first phonetic words. Throughout the app, children earn marbles that enable them to unlock new levels. Montessori Letter Sounds Learn French offers French phonics and cursive letters to English speaking children.
All of Les Trois Elles Interactive's apps comply with Common Core State Standards in Preschool Math and Literacy and children love Tam & Tao, their twin character heroes.
Les Trois Elles Interactive's main goal when designing apps:
* Help children learn basic concepts using the Montessori Method on 21st Century devices
* Offer a beautiful interactive environment
* Increase children's self-confidence by never "punishing" wrong answers
* iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 3/4G iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.1 or later
* 40.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Montessori Geometry 1.1 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
Founded by Montessori teachers who have had years of classroom experience with hundreds of children, Les Trois Elles Interactive is determined to offer qualitative educational apps on iPad and iPhone. Their objective is to provide parents and teachers Montessori based apps to use at home or at school. The Montessori Method relies on building autonomy and self-confidence by letting children do by themselves and offering them self-correcting materials to manipulate and respecting their individual rhythm. Les Trois Elles Interactive, fun digital learning made by teachers. Copyright (C) 2012 Les Trois Elles Interactive. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.