The Leap to Know pre-literacy school readiness app has been developed by a team of experienced teachers, artists and developers. It targets pre-literacy children (even older ones) who may not have played on a tablet before. Children who need to develop their English listening, speaking and reading skills will benefit from the app too.
Field tests have shown that the app engages learners effectively. The app is fully intuitive so that learners can proceed without the help of an adult. Stories – read aloud while both illustration and text appear on the screen – set the context of the interactive activities and games that follow. Individual progress can furthermore be monitored by the app and progress to the next level only happens when certain building blocks are in place.
Completing this pre-literacy school readiness programme will ensure the following measurable outcomes:
Entrenched understanding of numbers, shapes, and colours
Awareness of letter-sound relationships
Improved listening skills
Improved perceptual and fine motor skills
Enhanced interest in the immediate surroundings
Enhanced academic confidence.
Each learner equipped with the above-mentioned skills has a substantially better chance of passing Foundation Phase with success and, consequently, of excelling in the higher grades. This app is therefore an important stepping stone for children who do not have the opportunity to develop the necessary skills before they start formal schooling. Our fully developed app will guide young learners to teach themselves reading, writing and numeracy skills and we are positioned to test the app in various venues, gather information about user interaction from the app and improve it on a continuous basis.
The app is available in English and Swahili. It can easily be translated and configured for use in different languages and we plan to translate it in the most important South African languages.
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Heleen Steyn is a South African based freelance illustrator, digital artist, visual storyteller and part-time lecturer. She obtained her BA Information Design Degree from the University of Pretoria, and spent a year furthering her creative skills at The Open Window School of Visual Communication. She also enrolled in Bobby Chiu’s Digital Painting Course to further her versatility as a digital painter. Heleen has worked with many local and international clients since 2012. She was shortlisted for EXPOSÉ 11 (2013) and received a D&AD Student ‘Inbook’ Award (Category: Disney – short animation) in 2011.To see examples of her work visit heleensteyn.com.
Lisa Steyn is an illustrator based in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Encouraged to draw since early childhood, she started “training” as illustrator by copying pictures from her favourite story books. In September 2012 she attended the CCIBA Creative Workshop Program in Children’s Book Illustration and became a member of the SCBWI. In 2013 she started illustrating school handbooks and primary school readers. Lisa is intrigued by the world of children’s books, and the impact that a good book with lovely strong images can have on a child’s development and world view. With passion she continues on a road made of stories…To see examples of her work visit lisa-steyn-illustration.blogspot.co.za.
Anneke Chambers is a Canadian freelance illustrator based in Toronto, Ontario. Her illustrations are inspired by the things she sees and people she meets every day. The daughter of a military veteran, she received most of her inspiration while moving home frequently. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration from Sheridan College in 2015, and apprenticed under South African Illustrator and friend Heleen Steyn in 2014. When not drawing, Anneke enjoys reading about ancient Greek and Roman history with a cat in her lap.To see examples of her work visit annekechambers.ca.