New Kindergarten Readiness Program Allows Automated Progression for Preschoolers
A new kindergarten readiness software program allows
to automatically progress toward more advanced skills while following a
and playing games.
Hatch Early Learning's new Shell
Squad Adventures teaches 18 core early
literacy and math skills as it determines each child's individual
level in real time.
The software program is available on the company's
Tablets, its All-in-One computers and iPads. It is delivered on the
iStartSmart Elite Learning Solution, which includes a report management
that allows administrators to monitor performance in all classrooms in a
or all the schools in a district.
Shell Squad Adventures has a story line that features
animated characters, Luna the mother and Orwell the owl. They join three
characters children might be familiar with if they have used an earlier
program, Shell Squad Games, which focuses on early math and literacy
concepts such as sorting, letter recognition and early vocabulary
Henry the chick, Platty the platypus and Cami the chameleon.
characters go on a journey through 18 worlds — corresponding with the 18
literacy and math skills — in order to help Orwell the owl find missing
artifacts for a museum.
program also features:
- A blended
intrinsic and extrinsic motivation system for eight skills;
storyline designed to help children develop empathy as the characters solve
- A way
for children to develop a sense of story with beginnings, middles and
- A log-in
that allows each child independent access by selecting their own
rules designed to help the child progress to more complex skills without
animated tutorial; and
- A speech
pathologist who pronounces words and sounds when appropriate.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.