Early Ascent is a Seattle start-up that recently captured Apple’s attention with their new Reading Raven iPad app. The app market is filled with products for young children that claim to teach them to read, but Reading Raven actually follows through on this claim with a variety of activities, from letter and sound recognition, to vocabulary and word building, to rhyming and reading aloud. With engaging, colorful activities and adorable audio feedback featuring kids’ enthusiastic voices, as well as options to customize lessons to present just the right amount of challenge and options for learning to read and write a variety of fonts (such as D’Nealian and Zaner-Bloser), Reading Raven is sure to be a hit with children, their parents, and their teachers.
Reading Raven has been enthusiastically received by both the consumer market and the educational market. As Jennifer Bogart of Apps for Homeschooling states, “Finally – a seriously educational app that leads children from early phonological awareness and phonics right up to reading full sentences while integrating printing skills and teaching through games. Reading Raven for iPad is an incredible learn-to-read app, easily the best I’ve encountered to date in the App Store. I’m in love.”
And Teachers with Apps raves, “(Reading) Raven has what it takes to get kids on the road to reading and the developers have done it brilliantly, by following a proven reading program. Reading Raven is phonics-based, and unlike other learn-to-read apps, even phonics apps, it takes children all the way from learning foundational pre-reading and reading skills to reading sentences and very short stories. It is obvious that they took the time to create a top-notch learning tool. Each activity respects children’s natural desire to explore and learn at their own pace.”
Sandcastle Educational Consulting is equally excited about Reading Raven and is thrilled to be working with Early Ascent on the educational and developmental aspects of their learning games. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership!
This is an easy job to love!