Ready to Print, by Essare LLC, was created by Diane Reid, an Occupational Therapist with over twenty years of experience. Her extensive experience has been brought to this app and is demonstrated in every feature and activity throughout. It is a tool for parents, therapists, and educators to help teach pre-writing skills to children, in order to build a strong foundation for this necessary skill.
Ready to Print, takes its time introducing new concepts and gives kids plenty of time and options for practice. This is key, as some students progress slower than others and this app stays fresh! Pre-writing skills are addressed in a specific order. Children will master the visual-motor, visual-perceptual, and fine motor skills needed for correct printing patterns. Having a solid foundation, and learning to make letters correctly from the start, is also a key component. We all know that avoiding bad habits from the start is much better than trying to rectify them later. Students that field-tested this app were delighted by the array of activities and were inspired by all the given choices to practice, practice, practice. As a special education teacher, I was green with envy that this tool wasn’t available several years ago while teaching a series of skills classes. Everything that my students worked with was teacher made and the time spent on making materials was inconceivable, file folder after file folder… At the time I considered it good therapy, now I realize just how incredible technology, paired with education and the mobile device can be; time saver = life saver!
Learn handwriting skills the fun way!
– It provides activities for pre-writing skills.
– It’s designed with a progression of skills that work towards correct printing patterns.
– It allows you to change size settings to match each child’s skill level.
– It features a progression from larger hand movements to smaller, more refined movements.
– It lets you choose which activity and level to begin on.
– It allows setting up multiple user profiles, each with different settings.
*NOTE – Jan 2014 – This app just got even better, version 3 of the Ready to Print App has been released! This update includes professional voice prompts, updated graphics, and a new activity, “Touch and Drag”.
194 levels in 13 activities, all arranged in a progression to help students develop visual-motor, visual-perceptual, and fine motor skills necessary for correct printing patterns.
The new version is available now as a free update in the Apple App Store, Google Play store, and Amazon Kindle Appstore.