Talking Fingers Inc, Preschoolers Learn that Letters are Talking Shapes

Talking Fingers Inc., 830 Rincon Way,
San Rafael, CA 94903

In seven new iPad apps called “Talking Shapes”, children in preschool and kindergarten learn that letters are “talking shapes” that stand for speech sounds.

Speech-to-print instruction for early reading is not a new idea in the world of teaching children. Maria Montessori was using this approach many years ago. But it took neuroscience to prove her right. Enter Jeannine Herron, Ph.D.

In seven new iPad apps called “Talking Shapes”, children in preschool and kindergarten learn that letters are “talking shapes” that stand for speech sounds. Parents can launch their children on the path to becoming lifetime writers and readers by teaching them that the words they already know how to say can be turned into words they see!

Noted neuropsychologist, Dr. Jeannine Herron, has applied the most recent research on how young brains learn to create wonderfully interactive stories about how two sisters invented the alphabet “long, long ago”. Letters are embedded in pictures that help children remember both the sound and shape of each letter.

Talking Shapes has been developed through a research grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). “Jeannine is one of the few scientists who can translate complex research findings into effective instructional solutions for kids,” says G. Reid Lyon, Ph.D., former Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch within the NICHD. Independent research has shown significant improvement in preschoolers’ skills after using Talking Shapes.

“Struggling readers,” according to Dr. Herron, “activate their right brains to read, but skilled readers use the left brain. By speaking…

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