Kumon Uppercase ABC’s App Teaches Children to Trace & Recognize Letters

Teaneck, New Jersey – Building upon an educational tradition that extends back 50 years, Kumon Publishing North America, Inc. today launches its first app for iPad, Kumon Uppercase ABC’s. This app features an innovative and interactive approach to helping children learn to write uppercase letters and recognize the sound of each letter.

Created by Kumon, the world’s largest supplemental learning provider, the Uppercase ABC’s app includes two educational activities. The Letter Tracing Activity features an innovative 3-step process for learning how to write letters, and an option for learning to write letters in order of simplicity, which is unique to Kumon. In the Letter Sounds Activity, children learn basic phonics by matching each written letter with the sound it makes in a fun quiz format.

“The Kumon Method of learning aims to help each individual child realize his or her full potential, and we are excited to release our first iPad app to support that goal in a whole new way,” said Brian Klingborg, Senior Vice President of Kumon Publishing North America, Inc.

In the Kumon Uppercase ABC’s app, the Letter Tracing Activity helps children master the uppercase alphabet. It features an innovative 3-step approach with interactive sights, sounds, and touch. Each stage challenges the child to write more independently than the previous step, and gives them three opportunities to practice writing each letter.

The parent can choose whether letters are shown in alphabetical, random, or Kumon order. The unique Kumon Method teaches letters in order of complexity, helping children master easier letters such as L and T before moving on to more challenging letters with diagonal or curved lines.

“Kumon Uppercase ABC’s includes reinforcement and rewards to make learning more fun,” Brian Klingborg said. “Each letter is paired with a delightful interactive illustration of a familiar word so children learn the basic phonics that lay the foundation for reading.”

When all of the letters are successfully completed, the child will receive a special Certificate of Achievement inside the app. This certificate can be customized with the student’s name and emailed for printing.

With the app’s Letter Sound Activity, children can practice matching the sound of each letter with its written symbol. The app asks aloud, “Touch the letter that makes the sound R” and the student chooses from three on-screen letters.

If an incorrect letter is tapped, the letter sound will repeat until the correct letter is chosen. When a child chooses the correct letter, its sound and name will be repeated to reinforce the knowledge before the next letter is shown.

Features of the Kumon Uppercase ABC’s app include:
* Learn Uppercase ABC’s – The Letter Tracing Activity helps children master writing the alphabet
* Kumon’s Unique Educational Method – This innovative approach helps students learn the easier letters before moving on to more advanced letters
* 3-Step Tracing Approach – Practice makes perfect with the app’s helpful three-step approach to writing letters
* Letter Sound Activity – Children learn to pair each letter with its sound
* Personalized Certificate – After successfully tracing all letters, each child receives a Certificate of Achievement with his or her personalized name

Device requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 12.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Kumon Uppercase ABC’s is currently available for sale worldwide through the App Store in the Education category for $3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies). Review copies are available upon request.

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Kumon Publishing North America, Inc. creates workbooks based on the Kumon Method for children aged 2 to 12 to help each individual child realize his or her full academic potential. Toru Kumon created the Kumon Method in Japan in the early 1950s to help his son do better in math. His method has grown into one of the world’s largest providers of supplemental learning, with Kumon centers in over 44 countries worldwide. Copyright (C) 2011 Kumon Publishing North America, Inc. 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.

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