While teaching his son how to read, Fremont resident Scott White wanted to find a way to bring traditional phonics lessons to life. So, he decided to develop a game that uses touch-screen technology to engage children’s many senses, and fun characters to encourage a sense of playful learning. He founded a small company, Early Ascent, to bring this game from great idea to reality with the new educational iPad app, Reading Raven.
The tool contains hundreds of reading and learning activities grouped in five lessons, where kids encounter fly-eating frogs, caterpillars that morph into butterflies, ball balancing seals, sea creatures, snow monsters, flying penguins, rhyming rockets, and more. These lessons can take kids all the way from basic pre-reading skills to reading sentences. It is self-paced and customizable to each child’s age or learning level, so they can focus on the lessons they find most useful and engaging. Thus has been used by kids as young as 3 and continues to fortify reading skills in older beginning readers.
Since its launch on February 4, Reading Raven has ranked among the top 100-200 educational apps in the App Store. As a small company of folks passionate about teaching kids to read, they hope to continue this current momentum so they can add more lessons and continue to enhance the fun learning experience.