alotta.edu, inc. introduces its new app, Tie Your Shoes! 1.0 for iOS, to help school age children learn to tie their shoes like big kids do.
"Velcro is widely used in children's shoes and it allows children to fasten their shoes long before they would ever be able to do so with laces. But this usage frequently continues after a child is ready to tie their own shoes"' says Claude B. Carter, President of alotta.edu, inc.
"I witnessed this in my own family. I watched my nieces and nephews use Velcro long after they were ready to move on. It seemed like a great app idea and we decided to create it," continues Carter.
"We examined all the options available to parents from free online YouTube videos to books available from retail outlets for $20 or more. None of these choices give the child or the parent visuals they can control at each step," continues Carter.
Tie Your Shoes! is designed so a child can work alone or with a parent. It takes full advantage of the iPhone and iPad's remarkable displays and uses eye-popping, high contrast videos to clearly demonstrate the correct movements of the left and right hands. From "Pick up the shoe laces" to the final "Congratulations" each step is clearly demonstrated in its own video clip.
"Our strongest feature is the control we give to parents and children during the learning process. Our app's custom buttons deliver unprecedented control of the step-by-step process. This creates a learning environment that is tailored to each child and it gives each child the ability to focus on those steps that need the most attention. No other app, book or instructional aid replicates this exacting control at every step", says Carter.
To make learning fun for children, Cleetus the Clown narrates the videos and his big, colorful clown shoes fill the screen with easy to follow images. Cleetus also appears in a game section called "The Race" which allows children to race a sneaker around a track to see who can cross the finish line first.
"We saw a tremendous opportunity to make learning fun and easy for children ready to master this life skill", says Carter, noting that more than 300 million children worldwide between the ages of 5 and 9 wear shoes and will at some point need to learn this lesson.
"Our app is a smile generator. That's what you see when a child masters this important life skill," says Carter.
- Step-by-step video clips that isolate each and every step
- Repetition controls that make repeating and advancing step-by-step easy to do
- Eye popping, high contrast videos to make all movements easy to understand and mimic
- Clear verbal instructions to reinforce images in the videos
- An animated game called "The Race" because all work and no play is not a fun day
Tie Your Shoes! 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.