FableVision, a Boston-based group of education media development and publishing companies, and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's largest children's literacy nonprofit, have teamed up to develop and distribute two free apps focused on building early childhood literacy in preschool and elementary-aged children. The apps are intended to promote an early love of reading through interactive read-aloud stories, digital drawing boards, and virtual science labs. The apps were developed using best practices in literacy and are designed to help children build strong foundations for reading while engaging them through entertaining stories and vibrant loveable characters. They are available free of charge through funding from Macy's and the Verizon Foundation and are based on stories written through a partnership with the National Writing Project.
The apps will be featured at the upcoming Boston Book Festival, beginning with an open house party at FableVision Studios that will kick off festivities the evening of Friday, Oct. 18. The apps will also be featured in an interactive booth at the Kids Alley section of the festival on Saturday, Oct. 19. Visitors to the booth will be able to not only try the apps, but also get the chance to engage in different science experiments and interact with a mad scientist robot.
In the "Water Wonders" app, users are led by young sibling scientists Sydney and Symon Starr through the world of the water cycle. Kids can view an animated story or head straight to the "experiments" section, where they can engage in a series of virtual science projects and gain familiarity with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) subjects. The "Our Book" app takes users through six mini adventures with a character named SugarLoaf and her family as they use reading, writing and listening to explore new worlds. Kids can also enter a writing and drawing studio where they can create their own stories from scratch. Both apps are available in English and Spanish versions for Android and iOS tablets.
The apps are available free of charge through funding from Macy's and the Verizon Foundation and are based on stories written through a partnership with the National Writing Project.
15 Oct 2013 1:19 PM