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New App Aids Busy Preschool Teachers

By: Sherry Squires   Published 8:15 am / May 15, 2014

screen480x480screen480x480-1Busy preschool teachers now have a mobile app they can turn to for quick activities to make every minute of the day an opportunity for preschoolers to learn.

Lee Pesky Learning Center in partnership with Boise State University and The Gibney Family Foundation developed the app called “Go Pre-K!” to enhance literacy and math skills for young learners ages 4 and 5, a critical learning stage.

“Each activity is built to be quick, effective, engaging and to teach children how to learn,” said Evelyn Johnson, professor in the

Evelyn Johnson

Evelyn Johnson

Department of Special Education and Early Childhood Studies and executive director of Lee Pesky Learning Center.

“Between the ages of 4 and 6, a child’s vocabulary will more than double, from about 1,500 words to more than 2,500 words,” Johnson said. “This is the ideal time to develop critical skills such as language development, sound and print awareness, number sense, comparison and problem solving.”

Then-student James Kress (BS, computer science, ’13) developed the code for the app and the staff of Lee Pesky Learning Center created the content, Johnson said.

Examples of activities on Go Pre-K! include:

  • Comparing measurement: Ask children to show an item that’s smaller or larger than their hand. Find out how they measured their item by asking them.
  • Speech to print through letter identification: point to an EXIT sign above a door as you’re lining up to leave the classroom. Ask children what the first, second, third and fourth letter in the word EXIT is. Then ask what EXIT means.

GoPre-KAppGo Pre-K! is available for $1.99 on iTunes. Go Pre-K! requires iOS 6.1 or later. It is compatible with iPad. Currently the app is only available from iTunes.

For more information, contact Heather Roberts, development director for Lee Pesky Learning Center, at (208) 577-1105 or hroberts@lplearningcenter.org.

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