Few things are as empowering as a deep and robust vocabulary. As poet and lexicographer Wilfred Funk put it, “The more words you know, the more clearly and powerfully you will think… and the more ideas you will invite into your mind.” At Dictionary.com, we strive to deliver content and products that not only delight and prove useful for our users, but also broaden and deepen their relationships with language to feed and grow this innate appetite for knowledge.
With this in mind, we are excited to announce our first educational app for children, Learning to Read with Zoo Animals. The app is based on successful curricula endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, and takes emerging readers on a fun-filled, interactive journey through the animal kingdom while boosting vocabulary and building the foundation for lifelong learning. In addition to beautiful illustrations, syllabifications, and real animal sounds, the app is packed with age-appropriate definitions and fun facts for more than 50 animals that will fascinate and delight preschool and kindergarten-aged children, and might teach their parents a thing or two, as well. For instance, did you know that though polar bears’ hair looks white, it’s actually made of clear hollow tubes that help them stay warm in the cold? Or how about that giraffes sleep for only four hours a night? Children can test their knowledge in a quiz mode at the end of each scene, and gain sticker rewards for correct answers.
As mobile technologies become increasingly ubiquitous in all of our lives, the debate about the merits of time spent with those technologies becomes more pertinent. It’s our belief that digital technologies–especially mobile ones–can facilitate and enrich learning in exciting and innovative ways, and we are thrilled to be creating brand-new educational experiences that kids will love, and parents and teachers will feel great about. Learning to Read with Zoo Animals is the first in a series of educational apps for kids from Dictionary.com. Learn more in the video below and let us know what you think!
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