Ricardo Reading Mouse is sure to delight children, as they enjoy learning their ABC’s with him, in three, beautifully illustrated, educationally-based games. Great care has been taken to ensure each game, develops essential early literacy skills in a safe, supportive, encouraging and fun way. We have no in-app purchases or live streaming.
As children interact with Ricardo, they will meet the 26 letters of the English Alphabet and learn to:
1. recognise letter shapes/forms;
2. identify and recall letter names and
3. identify and recall initial letter-sound associations of the 21 consonants and the 5 short vowel sounds of the English Alphabet.
Designed to target primarily the under 6’s, it is a beautiful addition to any classroom or home learning environment. It is also a perfect place to engage older children who are struggling and require extra time and support to learn their letter names and initial sounds.
Hidden Letters – Find the correct alphabet letters as they play hide and seek
Vowel Catch – Help vowel characters catch matching kites
I Hear – Help Ricardo jump across river rocks by matching letter names and sounds
Each game has three different levels, systematically introducing and teaching lowercase letters, uppercase letters and beginning sounds of words. Children can freely move between each game and level within a game, at their own pace, by selecting a game on the main home screen and then by selecting a level on the first screen of each game.
Instruction boxes with text and audio automatically open on each initial play of the game and upon repeated game plays, the instruction box can be selected with an icon on screen.
In the Hidden Letters game, there is a question mark icon on the screen, which when pressed, provides verbal clues for possible hiding spots.
There are indicators on the screen during each game, showing the child’s progress through the game, as they head towards the next reward.
Some levels within the games have interactive rewards, ie. fast, normal and slow buttons where children can change the pace at which Ricardo does an activity. For other rewards, children have the joy of seeing Ricardo appear doing a task to a pleasant, up-beat little instrumental or vocal.
As children are naturally inquisitive, there are some surprise interactive touch points, in the games, that when pressed will delightfully reward children with a movement, a sound or both. We trust you will enjoy exploring these with your child.
We recognise the importance of children needing a healthy balance of screen time and active play time. Therefore, attention has been given to ensure, we provide games and rewards that serve as a gentle reminder to children of how much fun it is to put their device down and engage in safely supervised active play like flying a kite, using a scooter or pogo stick, enjoying nature play or playing hide and seek. Disclaimer: Children’s activities are always at the discretion of their supervising carer.
Active play also assists in the essential development of visual motor skills which are vital when learning to read, write and spell.
LOCKED PARENT SECTION FEATURES:
1. More information about the visual processing aspects of this app
2. In app settings, for the Hidden Letters game there is:
a. an additional setting, increasing game difficulty, by reshuffling the hidden letters more frequently.
b. provision of an answer key revealing all 26 hiding spots.
3. Rate and Review section
4. Access to more beautiful learning resources via links to our website and Youtube channel
We are a new family-owned company launching into this space. Your support is very much appreciated and we value any comments/feedback you and/or your children might have so please let us know. Stay tuned for more, as this is the first in a series of learning apps. Thank you!
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