I’m Erin, product manager at Cognitive ToyBox, and I am delighted to announce the release of our new parent product, First Choice Assessment!
I am a former teacher and math tutor, and I just completed my Masters of Arts in Digital Media Design for Learning at NYU. I am thrilled to be putting both my teaching and technology experience and skills to good use.
First Choice Assessment helps children get ready for kindergarten through weekly, five minute, game-based assessments. The app is appropriate for children 3-5 years of age.
As we designed First Choice Assessment, we spoke with dozens of parents, teachers and children to better understand their needs. We heard about the anxiety that parents face when preparing their students for preschool and kindergarten programs in NYC. We also heard about the importance of app engagement, but also the fear of too much screen time for their little one.
That’s why we have designed First Choice Assessment to be a technology product designed to enhance school readiness outside of the screen. Parents and children use First Choice Assessment together for five minutes per week to assess kindergarten readiness skills in critical developmental domains like math, language, literacy, and social-emotional learning. The app then aggregates the data into weekly reports that provides you - the parent - with teacher-approved practice activities that take families off the iPad and into the real world.
So if your child is not able to complete tasks in connecting numerals with quantities, you can play a game called Secret Agent to help them practice!
Check out First Choice Assessment on the App Store today and tell us what you think!