Reading and Writing I

“Research has shown that the size of children‘s vocabulary at age 3 is strongly associated with learning to read and reading comprehension at the end of third grade.”

Build your child’s phonics and vocabulary with the most comprehensive and FUN game on your iPad!!!

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Introducing The Agnitus Phonics Program

Agnitus’ new phonics program is designed to bring the best language arts instruction into your home.

Over these past 2 years we’ve been working with language arts specialists, phonics experts, and even speech pathologists to design comprehensive curriculum for successfully learning to read and write at an early age (Note to teachers: we blend a rigorous phonics program for reading with the best of the Whole Language approach, as it relates to comprehension, storytelling and memorization of irregular sight words).

Normally, literacy instruction doesn’t begin in earnest until Kindergarten;  but studies show that children are often able and ready for it by ages 3 or 4.  The problem is that they require more one-on-one attention and feedback, than parents or preschool teachers can realistically provide.

Agnitus: Modern Approach to Phonics:

•    We Start Early – We begin formal instruction early on in playful toddler level literacy exposure that progressively builds into a more rigorous literacy learning program.
•    Multisensory – We continually present visual, auditory, and contextual forms together, including interactive music and song!
•    Balanced Pedagogy – We blend best practices of Phonics & Whole Language instruction
•    Integrated Learning – Our suites of literacy games are synchronized to work together in unison
•    Leveled Games – We provide multiple suites of games, each one designed for a different stage of literacy learning, and each one adaptive and self-paced (Toddler-K…with 1st grade soon to come)

To read the details about the full Agnitus 2.0 release, click here.

Update your Agnitus app today to get The Agnitus Phonics Program. 

Agnitus 2.0 – New Literacy and Mathematical Games

Today marks the availability of Agnitus 2.0, which is a major addition of literacy and mathematical skills to the Agnitus adaptive learning program. We’re really excited about Agnitus 2.0 because it covers 22 additional required common core curriculum skills, continuing our mission of making Agnitus a program that can help children at home by complementing the learning happening in school and also help teachers as a classroom teaching tool.

As with all of our games, the new games in Agnitus 2.0 are designed to allow children to learn and advance at their own pace, progressively building upon past skills mastered. They also offer children learning advancement beyond the skills available in our existing program.

For the past two years we’ve been working with language arts specialists, phonics experts, and speech pathologists to design a comprehensive curriculum, blending phonics-based methods with the Whole Language approach, to help children learn to read and write at an early age. This curriculum is included in Agnitus 2.0, linking together 14 new games to help develop a progressive program of literacy skills for children.

A new set of math games included in units 2.0 is aimed at teaching mathematical concepts so children can build on our previous set of games which helped them learn the meaning of numbers. Number lines are important to establishing mathematical foundations so we’ve added a number line program to Agnitus, helping children make connections between quantity, sequence and measurement. This new set of games helps children navigate up and down a number line, then the app automatically moves them to learn number sequences, basic arithmetic, skip counting, multiplication, factoring and division.

 

Here is the full list of new skills children can learn from the additions made to Agnitus with Agnitus 2.0:

  • Learn to Recognize Uppercase Letters

  • Learn to Recognize Upper and Lowercase Letters

  • Learn to Write Uppercase Letters Properly

  • Learn to Write Lowercase Letters Properly

  • Improve Writing Speed and Fine Motor Control

  • Build Phonetic Awareness of Letter Sounds

  • Practice Matching Lower to Upper Case Letters

  • Learn that Words are Made Up of Letters

  • Learn To Hear the Letter Sounds in Words

  • Learn How to Combine Sounds to Make Words

  • Learn to Combine Letters to Spell Words

  • Understand How Text is Read from Left to Right

  • Learn to Recognize and Write Numbers up to 20

  • Learn to Add, Subtract, Multiply, and Divide Objects

  • Learn about Subtraction and Zero in Real World Math Problems

  • Learn to Divide Objects Amongst Groups

  • Build Visual Spatial Skills Needed for Geometry

  • Learn the Geometry of How Shapes Fit Together

  • Learn How Objects Balance Around Centers of Gravity

  • Learn Strategies for Recognizing Patterns

  • Creatively Explore Color in Freeform Drawing

  • Begin Learning about Work and Professions

If you’re currently using Agnitus, you’ll see the Agnitus 2.0 available in your app today. If you’re not already using the app, visit the iTunes app store and download it to help your child learn all of these skills – and more.

Win Agnitus Tuition Free for the Year Sweepstakes!

Last month we announced Agnitus 1:1, a program designed to help teachers by bringing Agnitus into the classroom for free.

 

We decided to do something to say thank you to another segment of our users – you. The users who follow us on our social media channels. Today we’re running two contests – one on Facebook and one on Twitter – with the top 3 winners of each channel will receive a full year of Agnitus tuition-free. That’s right. Access to Agnitus for a complete year at no cost.

 

Entering is easy:

 

Twitter

Follow @Agnitus on Twitter and send a tweet completing one of the following sentences anytime between now and 5 pm PT everyday until October 3rd to be entered into a random drawing to win a full year of Agnitus tuition-free. Three winners will be selected randomly.

 

My child loves @Agnitus because

My child would love @Agnitus because

@Agnitus has helped my child…

Facebook

Make sure you ‘Like’ the Agnitus Facebook page and between now and 5pm PT, leave a message on our wall telling us why your child loves, or would love, to use Agnitus to be entered into a random drawing to win a full year of Agnitus tuition-free. Three winners will be selected randomly.

Now for the fine print…

 

Contest Terms & Conditions

 

Official Rules

No purchase necessary to win.

  1. Eligibility: Contest is open only to residents of the United States. Participants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the contest. Employees of Agnitus, including their respective affiliates, and subsidiaries, and immediate family members of employees are not eligible.

  2. How to enter: Entrants must either

    • have a Twitter account and be a follower of Agnitus, located at https://twitter.com/Agnitus. Both new followers and existing followers of Agnitus are eligible for this contest. If you do not have a Twitter account, you can follow the directions at www.twitter.com to sign up for an account.

    • have a Facebook account and ‘Like’ the Agnitus page, located at https://www.facebook.com/agnitus. If you do not have a Facebook account, you can follow the directions at www.facebook.com to sign up for an account.

  3. Prizes: The Agnitus app will be given to six winners, three on Twitter and three on Facebook, tuition-free for a full year. In the event that the prize becomes unavailable, Agnitus reserves the right to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value. No alternative prize, cash equivalent, or other substitution is permitted except by Agnitus in the event of prize unavailability. Prizes are non-transferable. All federal, state and/or local taxes are the responsibility of the winner. Winner is also responsible for internet access fees and service charges.

  4. Agreement to Terms and Conditions: Participation in the contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these official Terms and Conditions and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding.

  5. Promotion period: The promotion will be run on September 19, from 9:00am – 5pm PT through 5 PM PST on Oct 3rd.

  6. Selection of winners – 3 users will be picked at random from both Facebook and Twitter:

    • Contest #1: Tweet to win a full year of Agnitus tuition-free

      • Entrants must first follow Agnitus on Twitter

      • On September 12, 2013, between 9am – 5pm PT, entrants must send a tweet finishing one of the following tweets, “My child loves @Agnitus because” or “My child would love @Agnitus because”

      • One winner will be selected randomly.

    • Contest #2: Post on Facebook to win a full year of Agnitus tuition-free

      • Entrants must ‘Like’ the Agnitus Facebook page

      • On September 12, 2013, between 9am – 5pm PT, entrants must leave a post on the Agnitus Facebook page stating why their child loves, or would love, to use Agnitus.

      • One winner will be selected randomly.

  7. Odds of winning a prize are based on the number of eligible entries received. Winners notification: Winners of the Twitter contest will be notified by a public tweet from Agnitus and a Direct Message on Twitter from Agnitus, at which time a code will be given so the winner can receive the prize. Winners of the Facebook contest will be notified by a public Facebook posting and a private message from an Agnitus representative. Winners will have 10 days from notification to accept the prize via responding directly back to the Agnitus team with your Agnitus email info. All taxes on prizes, including income taxes, and any incidental expenses associated with collection of a prize are the responsibility of the winners.

  8. Prizes: Winners of the contest will receive a code to redeem a full year of Agnitus tuition-free. Prizes are non-transferable. All federal, state and/or local taxes are the responsibility of the winner. Winner is also responsible for Internet access fees and service charges.

  9. Publicity release: Acceptance of a prize constitutes the winner’s agreement that Agnitus may use the Twitter and Facebook content of each entrant for promotional purposes in any and all media, without further payment or consideration of any kind. This includes posting the winner’s Twitter account name on the Agnitus website and on the Agnitus Twitter account.

  10. The Facebook contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participating and entering in this contest is a complete release of Facebook by each entrant.

  11. By entering the prize giveaway, entrants assume all liability for any damages caused or claimed to be caused by participation or by any prize and release and hold harmless Agnitus, all affiliates and subsidiaries of such entities, their employees, agents and representatives from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the promotion or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, including, without limitation, personal injuries, death or property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. By entering the prize giveaway, entrants and winners consent to the use of their names, addresses, likeness and any statements they make in connection with this prize giveaway or about Agnitus without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. Winners may be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility and a liability/publicity release that must be received by Agnitus within 15 days of the time it is sent by email or regular mail to the winner. Failure to respond to the prize notification or to return the affidavit and liability/publicity release on time will result in the loss of the prize and an alternative winner will be selected in accordance with the procedures set forth in these rules. Agnitus reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or cancel this prize giveaway at any time, for any reason including but not limited to computer virus, bug, worms, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or other technical problem, security, or other problems or activities. In the event of cancellation, Agnitus reserves the right to award the prize in a random drawing from all entries received prior to the time of cancellation. The winner also agrees to allow Agnitus to utilize his or her responses, winner name and winner location for Agnitus marketing materials and website.

  12. Conducting the Contest and selection of winners are at the sole discretion of Agnitus, and decisions of Agnitus are final and binding. Agents and  representatives of Agnitus, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising,  promotion and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors are not  responsible for and shall not be liable for: (i) any condition caused by events beyond the control of Agnitus that  may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted; (ii) telephone,  electronic, hardware, or software program, network, internet, or  computer malfunctions, failures or difficulties of any kind; (iii) any  printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the  Contest; (iv) failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer  transmissions in connection with or as a result of the prize, or acceptance,  possession, or use of the prize, or from participation in the Contest.

  13. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability  of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of entrants and Agnitus in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California,  without giving effect to any choice of law rules or provisions (whether  of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), that would cause  the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction other than the  State of California.

  14. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, AGNITUS WILL NOT BE LIABLE UNDER ANY THEORY OF LAW, FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, RELIANCE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF PROFITS, BUSINESS  INTERRUPTION, AND/OR LOSS OF INFORMATION OR DATA. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IF YOU RESIDE IN SUCH A JURISDICTION, THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS SHALL APPLY TO YOU TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.

  15. Prize receipt: Winners will obtain their prize via the iTunes store with a code provided to them by Agnitus. If a Winner’s signature is required on any releases or tax documentation, their prize will be mailed after receipt of such documentation by Agnitus.

  16. Sponsor: This promotion is sponsored by Agnitus, with headquarter offices at 120 Hawthorne Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Tuition-Free for Teachers – Agnitus 1:1

Agnitus 1:1
Bringing the Future into Classrooms Today

“Mom, can I play on your phone?”

Getting a smart phone or tablet away from a child these days is nearly impossible. Why not use a child’s fascination with these devices as a way to help them learn? It’s kind of like sneaking education into your iPhone or iPad… That’s exactly what we’ve been doing here at Agnitus for the past 2 years, and today we’re taking it to the next level.

Today Agnitus is introducing Agnitus 1:1 – a program to support individual teachers’ efforts to educate our leaders of tomorrow by bringing technology to our teachers one classroom at a time. As part of this program, it is our goal to have any teacher who has access to iPads in their classrooms to work with Agnitus COMPLETELY AT NO COST, a normally $180/year per student tuition fee, for the entire academic year 2013-2014. Agnitus was developed as a way to provide a strong foundation to prepare children for school. As our technology evolved, it became clear that we could further support and reinforce the education taking place in the classroom by providing tools for students to use while at home. Now, with Agnitus 1:1, we are taking things a step further by fully integrating the education taking place at school with the learning a child does outside of the classroom.

Children naturally gravitate towards technologies like the iPad and iPhone. When they are interacting with these technologies they often don’t even realize they’re learning. Naturally, teachers are looking for ways to capitalize on this interest and bring technology into their classroom. Agnitus 1:1 is the answer. The technology enables teachers to provide each child with the holy grail of a personalized 1:1 learning experience.

Additionally, research has shown that students who have parents engaged in their education experience tend to be more successful than students whose parents are less involved. With Agnitus’ technology the bridge has been built that will bring parents and teachers together to advance each child’s learning experience. The benefits teachers gain by using Agnitus in their classrooms include:

  • Access to real-time report cards that can be shared with parents
  • Ability to add an unlimited number of students to a single account
  • Fast and easy process to add new student accounts
  • Ability to sync individual student data across multiple devices
  • Daily progress monitoring of student achievement
  • Response to Intervention (RTI) tool for struggling students
  • The program responds to the individual student’s learning level and pace for a customized 1:1 experience
  • Teacher’s Controls allow teachers to guide students to activities that focus on specific skills

Agnitus has an easy sign up and qualification process for teachers who want to use the program in their classrooms. SIGN UP HERE: www.agnitus.com/teachers Fill in your name and school information, and you will receive instructions on how to get Agnitus started in your classroom. Additionally – there is a pre-written email that teachers can send to their student’s parents, letting them know that they will be using Agnitus in the classroom and how the parents can use it to complement classroom learning… and receive a discount from you!

At this time, Agnitus is not available for homeschooling teachers/parents. It is designed to support teachers in the classroom with 5 or more students. Any account with 4 children or less or inactivity is subject to review and may be disabled from the free teacher mode at our review team’s discretion. Not familiar with Agnitus? Read more about us: Agnitus is an adaptive learning program with over a million users targeted towards the education of students 2-6 years old. Agnitus’ Learning Program fits into a comprehensive curriculum designed by education experts to prepare each child to master age-appropriate skills recommended by the U.S. Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The advantage to our curriculum-based approach is that each activity adjusts to individual child’s abilities and needs. As a child masters a skill, Agnitus naturally transitions them to the next set of academic skill-building activities within the curriculum.

10 months forward, 1 month back

The Reality of Summer Learning Loss and What You Can Do to Stop It

For most adults, summertime brings back childhood memories of family vacations, swimming in the neighborhood pool, or chasing the ice cream truck down the street. It’s great to reminisce about all the fun things you did over the summer as a kid, but have you ever tried to think about what you forgot? According to a study conducted by the RAND Corporation in 2011, students lose approximately one month of math and reading knowledge during summer vacation. Luckily, there are many options for parents who want to create a bridge from June to September that doesn’t involve worksheets and vocabulary lists. A child’s brain needs stimulation in order to grow and it’s important to show your child that learning is something that takes place everywhere – not just in the classroom.

Summer learning loss is a topic that has been well researched and documented over the last several decades yet school districts have been slow to adjust the traditional calendar to address the needs of students. A two month break from school forces teachers to spend valuable time re-establishing classroom procedures, administering diagnostic tests, and reviewing academic material that students have forgotten. Research has also shown that the growing population of English language learners falls even further behind their classmates when they return to school the following year. In spite of this information, only 10% of public schools follow a year round schedule that shortens summer break and spreads out vacations over the course of the year. So what can you do to make sure that your child continues moving forward instead of becoming another victim of the “summer slide?” Finding productive activities for children during the summer months isn’t as challenging as it might first appear.

Opportunities for learning are all around us. Follow a recipe to bake a cake and use measuring cups to teach your child about fractions and quantities. Plant a garden in your backyard and turn it into a lesson about nature, weather, and the life cycle of vegetables. Set up an art studio in your living room and watch as your child learns about colors through painting. Most communities are full of affordable (or free!) stimulating resources that parents can take advantage of. Go on a trip to the zoo and take turns reading signs and identifying animals. Visit your local library often and let your child pick out a book to read to you. Spend an afternoon at a park, museum, or aquarium and simply allow your child to explore. Later that evening, ask him to write a story or draw a picture about what he saw.

To meet the needs of parents who want to ensure that their children continue learning year round, many summer camps are moving away from capture the flag, basket weaving, and sing-alongs. This new brand of academic summer camps focus on hands on learning experiences in a specific subject area and also offer the opportunity for children to interact with peers in their age group. Do you have a future marine biologist at home? Scientist? Artist? Computer whiz? Musician? No matter what your child’s passion is, there are camps out there that will pique his or her interest while developing critical thinking skills, building academic confidence, and encouraging creativity that will carry over into the classroom next fall. Make sure to do your research because different camps will have different educational philosophies. Additionally, some camps will provide feedback to parents about what campers do on a daily basis.

Another way to stimulate the mind of your child during the summertime is through the use of technology. Fortunately for parents, technology is more accessible and affordable than ever, making it possible for children to learn at home through interactive educational apps. Some games have become so advanced that they respond to your child’s performance by increasing difficulty as certain skills are mastered. One app in particular, Agnitus, stands out from the rest because it provides detailed report cards to parents that show their child’s progress in specific areas. Parents who want to keep their children learning over the summer would be wise to use learning apps to introduce academic concepts through visually stimulating and engaging games.

 By Matt Freid 

Introducing Teacher’s Controls!

Agnitus knows that a teacher’s day doesn’t end when the last bell rings. We are proud to introduce our newest feature ”Teacher’s Controls.” Teacher’s Controls gives both teachers and parents the ability to control what games and skills students work on whether they are using Agnitus in the classroom or at home. Have some of your students already mastered their letters but continue to play alphabet games? Simply disable letter games for those students so that they can focus on math. Reward students who reach their goals by turning on Icky Bathtime! Teacher’s Tab puts more power in the hands of teachers and helps students get the most out of Agnitus.

Subscription FAQs

Today we rolled out a new release of Agnitus that introduces a monthly subscription model so we can continue to build world-class curriculum based games and academic skills for your child’s growth.

Below are the FAQs which will help you clarify most of your queries.

Q) I am an existing user, how does the new subscription affect me?
All the games and skills that you had unlocked or purchased will continue to remain available to you.
You will be able to try out all “new” features and games during the 7-days trial period.  New features and games will not be available after the trial period is over.

Q) I had made InApp purchases in Agnitus, what happens to them?
All the InApp purchases that you had made will continue to remain available to you.

Q) I had unlocked InApp purchases via Facebook Share or by inviting friends,what happens to them?

All the InApp purchases that you had unlocked via Facebook Share or by inviting friends will continue to remain available to you.

Q) I had unlocked Agnitus using Facebook Share, but with the new update they are now locked?
If after the app update, previously unlocked skills are not showing up, please contact us at support@agnitus.com or learn more about how to restore previous purchases on our support portal.

Q) I had purchased Agnitus InApp purchases, but with the new update they are now locked?
If after the app update, previously purchased skills are not showing up, please contact us at support@agnitus.com or learn more about how to restore previous purchases on our support portal.

Q) What do I get with monthly subscription plan?
- Uninterrupted Learning Experience:  Your child advances through curriculum at their own pace and skill level by having access to all current skills as well as upcoming curriculum.
- Online Backup:  Protects your child’s learning data from accidental deletion of the app.
- Sync:  Automatically sync your child’s data across your iPhone & iPad.
- Multiple Child Profiles:  Create and track each child’s performance separately.
- Monitor Performance: Access your child’s data on the web and receive weekly emails on performance of you child.

Q) I do not want to sign up for monthly subscription?
Your child can continue to play free games.   The app will continue to loop through the games and skills that are free.  To access additional academic skills and curriculum monthly subscription will be required.

Q) I am an existing user of Agnitus.  What happens after 7-days, if I do not sign up for monthly subscription?
Your child can continue to play the free games and any games that you had unlocked in the past.   The app will continue to loop through the games and skills that are unlocked.  To access additional academic skills and curriculum monthly subscription will be required.

Q) What happens if I do not renew monthly subscription?
Your child can continue to play the free games and any games that you had unlocked in the past.   The app will continue to loop through the games and skills that are unlocked.  To access additional academic skills and the curriculum monthly subscription will be required.

Q) What happens if my monthly or trial subscription expire?
Your child can continue to play the free games and any games that you had unlocked in the past.   The app will continue to loop through the games and skills that are unlocked.  All the features and benefits of the monthly subscription will be locked.

Q) Why did you introduce monthly subscription?
With a monthly subscription, the child has access to full Agnitus program, advancing through the curriculum at their own pace and skill level.In-App purchases interrupt a child’s learning progression.  It requires, that the InApp purchase be made before a child can access the curriculum that is appropriate for them.

 

Update Your Agnitus App Today! New Games, Skills and Features

 

Dear Parents,

Agnitus is proud to announce an awesome update to our learning app!

  • Number Line: Buzz up and down a number line made of flowers to learn addition, subtraction, and other basic math skills.
  • Shapes Coloring: Discover the inner artist in your child while he or she learns about shapes through coloring.
  • Teacher Tab: A powerful tool to help manage student learning.
  • Improved Data Sync: Now your child’s progress is automatically synchronized across all your devices.
 Update your app today on the App Store by clicking here: www.agnitus.com/download