Through October, the creators of the award-winning literacy platform will include five free Home Edition Playsets with each School Edition Playset
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (August 4, 2020) — Square Panda, creators of an award-winning multisensory literacy platform for students in grades PreK–1, is giving schools five free Home Edition Playsets for every School Edition Playset they purchase with a Square Panda Literacy System site license through October 30, 2020.
As a result of school closures caused by COVID-19, educators will see even greater gaps in student achievement than in typical years, according to research from the NWEA. For students in PreK and early elementary grades, those gaps have the potential to impede student learning for years to come, as literacy is the foundation of all later learning and there are more skills critical to literacy mastery in those first years than in any others. At the same time, these younger students require the most support within a distance learning environment.
To support emerging readers at home, every school that purchases a site license will receive five times more playsets designed to provide extra learning at home or as a flexible support for distance learning, blended learning, or any of the myriad ways schools will reopen for the year. Each school is eligible for up to 1,000 free playsets. Targeted to students in grades PreK-1 and focused on important early phonics lessons, Square Panda allows children to work independently, while teachers can monitor progress from a distance, making it a perfect tool to support students whether they’re attending classes in person, online, or if they just need additional support.
The Square Panda Literacy System teaches children foundational literacy skills such as phonological awareness, phonics, spelling, and print concepts as they play. Using smart letters, the playset pairs with most iOS or Android tablets or smartphones to support students and personalize learning as children identify letters, spell out words, and learn to read. Square Panda offers a complimentary onboarding webinar and ongoing customer support for educators and parents. The platform also includes access to a teacher or parent portal for progress monitoring at home or at school.
Educators at Mountain View Whisman have seen their students’ literacy substantially improve after using Square Panda 15 minutes a day, four times a week, over 10 weeks.
“With our multisensory, adaptive literacy system now available for use at home, it’s easy and fun for parents and students to engage in systematic phonics instruction and simple for teachers to monitor student progress remotely,” said Andy Butler, CEO of Square Panda.
Educators can learn more or take advantage of the free Home Edition Playset offer here.
Square Panda designs and markets a multisensory edtech learning system that helps children of all skill sets and socioeconomic backgrounds learn to read, write, and communicate. Designed for kids ages 2 to 8, Square Panda products use a multisensory approach of sight, sound, and touch to help all children become confident, fluent readers. Its adaptive platform assesses and engages learners through personalized play experiences grounded in a neuroscience research-based curriculum. Square Panda has its headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., and offices in Beijing, China, and Mumbai, India. For more information, visit SquarePanda.com.
The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.