Minneapolis, Minnesota – Preschool University today is pleased to introduce SOUND BEGINNINGS 1.0 for iOS, the twentieth in their series of educational apps designed to help young children learn to read. Utilizing proven Accelerated Learning Techniques and Montessori principles, this is the company’s first paid app. SOUND BEGINNINGS helps build strong phonics skills and helps develop foundational reading skills through entertaining, interactive games. The app’s six different learning games use the sounds and not the names of the letters and lowercase instead of uppercase letters, as kids match the sounds and letters at the beginning, middle, and end of words.
The ABC MAGIC series of apps from Preschool University are among the most popular, free reading apps on the App Store. According to their President, Richard Colombini, “SOUND BEGINNINGS is the culmination of the ABC MAGIC series. It shares a lot with the ABC MAGIC series regarding the work on the initial sounds of letters, but has new material working with the middle and final sounds of words.”
He went on to advise, “The sounds of the letters are what give children the tools for reading. Just as counting skills are the foundations of addition, knowing the sounds of the letters are the foundations of reading. Contrary to popular belief and the current educational paradigm, teaching your child the names of the letters DOES NOT help your child learn how to read! TEACHING THE SOUNDS OF THE LETTERS DOES HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN HOW TO READ! Give your child the smart start of learning the sounds of the letters!”
* Six learning games provide practice in phonics and reading
* Identify the beginning, middle, or ending sound of a word
* Two modes of matching: Letters to Pictures or Pictures to Letters
* Rounds can be set at 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 matches each
* Learn the sounds of the letters and how to use them
SOUND BEGINNINGS includes six interactive games, where players match the correct letter/sound to the first, middle, or last sound of the word identifying a pictured object. The first three games, in order of increasing challenge, ask the child to select the correct letter/sound for the beginning, end, and middle of a word. For example, finding the first sound of a word, the following lowercase letters appear at the top of the screen, which is in landscape orientation: r, q, y, s, and j. By touching any letter, the user can hear aloud the sound that letter makes. Beneath the letters is a photo of a rug and an empty letter box next to it. Touching the picture allows the player to hear the name of the object out loud. Players can touch the picture and each of the letters as many times as they like before dragging a letter down to the empty box. If they have chosen incorrectly, the game lets them try again without any break in the flow of gameplay.
This matching Letters to Pictures mode continues through the app’s first three games. Using the example above, in the first game players must select “r” as the beginning sound. In the second game, players would select the “g” as the ending sound. And in the third game, players would choose the “u” as the middle sound. Users, parents, and educators can vary the difficulty of each game by specifying three, four, or five-letter words. Additionally, rounds can be set for 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 matches each.
The last three games are identical to the first, except now players match Pictures to Letters. For example, four photos are in a row across the top of the screen, including a: kangaroo, fish, ball, and plate. A large, lowercase letter “k” is below with an empty picture box next to it. In this example, players would select the kangaroo as the photo matching the first sound of the word. In the last two games, players must drag photos to match the end sound and the middle sound respectively.
Created by a team of educators and experts in early childhood development and education, and tested with preschool children to ensure maximum fun and learning potential, SOUND BEGINNINGS features the outstanding user interface found in all Preschool University apps. The educational games offer entertainment and incentive, and employ the most effective teaching methods. All audio recordings, both phonic sounds and complete words/sentences, feature a group of enthusiastic, young kids. In this way, students learn to recognize sounds, while ignoring the individual vocal characteristics of different speakers.
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later (iOS 5 tested)
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 169 MB
Pricing and Availability:
SOUND BEGINNINGS 1.0 is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. The app is also available for Mac OS X. Review copies are available on request.
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Preschool University’s mission is to create and promote excellent reading materials and high quality learning tools for children. Established in 2010, Preschool University is an accumulation of over 20 years of experience and success in child reading development. It began as a promise by Montessori preschool owner and lead teacher, Richard Colombini, to prospective parents. The promise: “ALL KINDERGARTNERS ARE GUARANTEED TO READ.” The company currently offers 14 free educational apps in the App Store. Copyright (C) 2012 Preschool University 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.