January 16, 2013 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Lynchburg, Virginia - Today, Smart4Kids LLC is pleased to announce the release of its new app, Smart4Kids in English, an interactive learn-to-read educational app, based on a 36 steps curriculum on the Apple iTunes store. Smart4Kids provides a structured and engaging learning experience for children ready to learn how to read.
The scientific, research-based reading materials and activities are modeled after the "Big Five" focus areas recommended by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Children are challenged to learn sounds and recognize new words as they play interactive games. The Smart4Kids app contains four key components: learn, play interactive games, read stories and follow progression.
Smart4Kids enables the child to build his or her reading confidence through a progression of 36 units entailing the complete reading curriculum of a 1st grader.
Each one of the 36 units includes:
* The lesson taught
* 3 games to practice the lesson
* 1 mini-story to review the lesson
The games include activities such as word completion, word sorting, word matching, sound matching, memory tests and more. In each game, your child will win a point for each correct answer made. While the general approach is based on phonics, each unit also contains a sight word game, which are words learned primarily by sight recognition. The sight words are also reviewed in the mini story to help your child to build vocabulary.
A certain number of points is required for the skill to be considered mastered, then your child wins an award and should move on to the next unit.
* The app follows a progression of skills, enabling your child to progress at his own pace
* The app can be used by up to 5 different users and track their individual progress
* The app uses 18 types of activities, carefully chosen according to the type of phonics being taught
* Voice instruction and feedback
* Mini-stories highlight words as the narrator reads so your child can follow along
* No third party advertising
* No external link to social network site
* Bundle and educational special rate
Smart4Kids was designed specifically with parents and teachers in mind. Its curriculum is easy for you to use along side of your child. Parents and teachers will find the interactive learning games to be a great complement to traditional classroom and home-based reading instruction. By following a standard phonics-based curriculum, you will be able to direct the child to practice within the application a specific sound that he is learning.
The App will also take the child through adventures across the globe. In six beautifully illustrated stories an international hero is introduced from a new continent where your child can imagine what it might be like to live in a different culture. The settings for the learn-to-read challenges are taken from each of these six stories, and the international heroes are the companions of the young reader through his or her learning process.
More information, including a detailed curriculum is available at Smart4Kids online. Smart4Kids LLC is committed to promoting literacy through digital learning applications. By purchasing this app, you support worldwide literacy by helping us develop our reading application in other languages including the developing nations.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 81.8 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Smart4Kids English 1.02 can be downloaded for free, including already 6 units. Additional units can be acquired for the price of $0.99 (USD) each, $2.99 for 6 units, or $9.99 for the complete 36 units. The app is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
Supporting Language Diversity and Education for All. Founded in 2012, Smart4Kids LLC promotes literacy through the development of reading applications available on mobile phones and other digital devices. Smart4Kids' strategy is to create applications for non English speakers, especially in the field of iLearning for developing nations. Copyright (C) 2013 Smart4Kids LLC. 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.