In this tech driven world of game based learning, when we tweeted that “learning to read is not a game” some people may have thought we killed a puppy. But nothing could be more true, at the foundational level learning to read is not a game, in fact, it’s serious business.
A Los Angeles based edtech startup called Capit Learning believes that learning to read is one of the most important skills for children in grades prek-2. With that in mind, it’s definitely not a game. Teachers need to drive home skills that students will need for the rest of their lives.
That’s why in this storybook game based learning world of popping letter balloons, landing on the moon to put sentences together and fishing for letters these guys have stripped that all away to get back to the basics. Is it even possible to have a digital learning experience without using big buzzwords, cartoon characters and artificial intelligence? Absolutely, and it’s more effective.
Capit Learning has trimmed away all the fat found in other fundamental reading programs and focused on 100% learning 100% of the time. That means kids go through activities like word association, letter sounds, word structure and sentence structure with no direction whatsoever.
Shedding the verbal instruction means that kids learn on their own. It also means that whether you’re using Capit as a curriculum for prek-2nd grade students, a refresher for students struggling with reading, or ELL, all students learn the exact same way.
Capit Learning is two apps Capit Reading and Capit Books.
Capit Learning starts with level one, learning upper and lower case letters. When students have learned all of their upper and lower case letters and passed an assessment they are ready to move onto level 2 and so on. In each lesson students collect new sounds and spelling patterns. Sounds and spelling patterns are saved in the chart. Each new sound and spelling pattern allows students to read and spell new words and sentences.
In the books app, students collect new books each time they pass a phonemic awareness exercise that matches the level of difccifults of the book and continue unlocking books with more complex text.
Capit also has a robust teacher, school and district portal that allows teachers, administrators and district leaders to track student progress along the phonics continuum. They can track daily usage, compare class and school averages and keep parents informed and involved.
You can see Capit in action at FETC 2018 in Orlando, January 23-26th in the Startup Pavilion, booth #2011H and online at capitlearning.com.