October 14, 2015 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] London, United Kingdom and Minsk, Belarus - KinderMATICA, which recently released a series of family-friendly board games in app form, is writing a new page in its catalog of entertaining and educational mobile apps for young children with the release today of Yum-Yum Letters 1.00 for iOS and Android devices. This highly customizable app introduces handwriting to youngsters ages 4+ in a relaxed format.
Yum-Yum Letters dispenses with lined paper or a blank white screen in favor of bright cheery graphics and animated characters to lead instruction. Children etch letters on a frosted glass using a snowflake or munch letters out of leaves with a caterpillar. Initially, all that's required is following an outline. Next, kids attempt to stay within the lines. Finally, users must complete the strokes in the correct order. The structured trials allow children to operate the app with minimal guidance from parents.
Yum-Yum Letters includes a significant degree of customization beyond the themed writing surfaces. Parents and teachers can use a passcode protected section to specify HWT or ZB style fonts, ABC or recommended order, number of trials needed for mastery and time between verbal praise. There's an EASY mode for younger children and those with special needs to learn letters before they are ready to write independently.
What truly sets the new app apart from other handwriting instruction apps and programs is its Smart practice feature. When in recommended mode, the app tracks progress and automatically reorders the next letters to learn based on current proficiency. If a child evidences strong control on straight lines but struggles with curved letters like B and R, the app notes this and assigns practice accordingly. Parents can at any time view progress reports that show number of attempts, mistakes and whether a letter is mastered.
Initially, the app will only include instruction for capital letters. Planned updates will add lowercase letters, numbers and basic sight words to the mix. Staggering the content release into two phases keeps the material fresh and gives kids a chance master uppercase printing before moving on to smaller letters which often prove more difficult for kids to distinguish.
Svetlana Korneliuk, representative of KinderMATICA and a consultant on the project, explained, "Traditional handwriting instruction is spread out over the course of an entire school year. Since preschool apps have a short shelf life and kids constantly want something new, we made a conscious decision to satisfy that need. The update will offer more characters and additional mini-games so it will appear to be a brand new app."
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 66.6 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Yum-Yum Letters 1.00 is $3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
Kindermatica, a young company based in London, UK with a creative production team based in Minsk, Belarus. The company creates educational and entertaining applications for kids that take the mobile platform to a new level, using mobile devices to educate and engage children in an innovative and interactive way. Their products are designed to accelerate the development of children in preschool, kindergarten, and elementary grades and focus on development of their cognitive, social, motor abilities and learning skills in combination with traditional learning methods. Copyright (C) 2014-2015 Kindermatica Ltd. 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. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.