April 24, 2014 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Aventura, Florida - Bacciz LLC today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Ready-K! 1.0 for iPad and iPhones, their new assessment tool for pre-K children. Ready-K! is designed to facilitate a successful transition to kindergarten by providing parents and educators with objective data concerning their child's readiness.
"How do you know if your child is ready for kindergarten?" asks Dori Larea, founder of Mind Labs Florida. "Children go through many transitions throughout their lives, but one of the most important transitions is the one from a preschool program to kindergarten. During this period, behavior is shaped and attitudes are formed that will influence children throughout their education and life. Due to increasing concern that America’s children are not getting adequate education to compete in a global market, new standards emerged in our schools that “pushed back” academic skills to earlier grades. The role of kindergarten has changed from an extension of preschool to a much more academic environment."
Based on the Common Core State Standards Initiative, Ready-K! contains 12 interactive and engaging scenes that progressively become more challenging for the child. Each scene is comprised of 8 questions each of which test a separate skill set as follows:
1. Quantitative language
2. Early literacy (includes alphabetic knowledge, vocabulary, print awareness, and phonological awareness)
3. Visual discrimination (includes visual scanning, event sequencing, size comparison, classifying, and patterns identifying)
4. Color Awareness
6. Math and Number Awareness (includes number recognition, rote counting, one-to-one correspondence, number sense, addition, and subtraction)
7. Positional understanding
8. Descriptive language
Ready-K! incentivizes play by adding an interactive element in the form of a cartoon dog named Bacci. For each scene, Bacci challenges the child to help him complete a special trick. With each correct answer, Bacci rewards the child by advancing towards completion of the trick. When 8 correct answers are recorded, Bacci will entertain the child with the entire trick.
* Entertaining and engaging User Interface
* Identifies child's preparedness for kindergarten
* Based on Common Core State Standards Initiative
* 12 interactive scenes
* Progressive level of difficulty
* 8 questions which test a separate skill set per scene
* Incentivized play
* Generates objective and comprehensive progress report
* 100% kid-friendly with no ads or in-app purchases
* Includes tutorial on Common Core Standards
* Rewards after completing each of the 12 scenes
In the Parent's Corner, Ready-K! generates an objective and comprehensive progress report at the completion of the assessment. This progress report includes a percentage score per skill set, a verbal performance summary, and a detailed list of which concepts were answered correctly or incorrectly. By identifying the child's strengths and weaknesses, this report can help the parent determine the child's readiness for kindergarten.
"Most kids find tests boring or scary," says Alan Bigio, President of Bacciz LLC. "Ready-K! was rooted in the belief that to teach a child, one must think like a child. Therefore, Ready-K! includes a wide variety of games and prank playing to capture the child's attention and motivate them to excel in learning. To ensure that Ready-K! is the best educational app for kindergarten assessment, I partnered with Dori Larea, who holds an M.A. degree in Educational Management and Leadership and serves as Program Director of Mind Lab South Florida. Mr. Larea's vision of developing thinking abilities and life skills through strategy games are perfectly and profoundly articulated in this app. Ready-K! is entertaining, engaging, full of play, and an excellent tool for helping parents assess their child's readiness for kindergarten."
* Compatible with iPad and iPhones
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 180 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Ready-K! 1.0 full version of Ready-K! which includes all features of the app is $2.99 (USD). The Lite is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category after May 1st.
Based in Aventura, Florida, Bacciz LLC was founded by Alan Bigio in 2009. Bacciz LLC is a developer of innovative mobile apps that have been featured in many publications including USA Today, Gizmodo, and the iPad Apps for Kids - for Dummies series. Other accolades received by the company's apps include a Kirkus Star Award, a Best Pick App by Techwithkids, and being named an Apple Staff Favorite. Bacciz strives to provide educational and game apps that improve children's memory, speech, cognitive, motor, and language skills while they are having fun. Copyright (C) 2014 Bacciz LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.