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Calling All Toddlers and Pre-K Children!

Orwell the Owl needs your help!

In an effort to help their Shell Squad friends restore hidden artifacts to Orwell the Owl's museum collection, children embark on 18 different math and literacy skill adventures taking them all over the world - even outer space! As each child completes a learning adventure they are presented with a piece of an artifact related to their adventure location. From collecting a crystal in a cave to a gold coin on a pirate ship, watch your children fill their museum. Finally, learning games that kids WANT to play!

  • Games that support cognitive development
  • Reward-based play builds self-confidence
  • Develop self-esteem and empathy skills by helping the characters
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Let us guide you as the Early Learning Experts in introducing classroom technology to toddlers!

Milestones at Every Age Matter!

Make it Count with Technology for children starting at 28 months.

Introducing children to fundamental skills earlier will strengthen the foundation to build upon and position them to grasp more enhanced concepts once their brain development catches up to their experiences. Hatch has done the research and honed in on the important skill families needed to enhance the toddler classroom experience. And the iStartSmart Elite Learning Platform has seamlessly connected the experience of a toddler to that of a child preparing for kindergarten. Why wait? Get children on the path to prepare
for success in school! on the path to prepare for success in school!

Introducing children to fundamental skills earlier will strengthen the foundation to build upon and position them to grasp more enhanced concepts once their brain development catches up to their experiences. Hatch has done the research and honed in on the important skill families needed to enhance the toddler classroom experience. And the iStartSmart Elite Learning Platform has seamlessly connected the experience of a toddler to that of a child preparing for kindergarten. Why wait? Get children on the path to prepare for success in school!

24+ Months

Children begin learning through a series of 3rd party apps that are accessible from an iStartSmart Toddler device. Remember, joint engagement at this age is extremely important. When teachers play the games with the children in the classroom, it helps them grasp the learning concepts.

28+ Months

Children can begin playing toddler specific games on iStartSmart Elite. Using touch-based games that are appropriate for their development, children will begin to learn foundational skills: counting foundations, numeral recognition, language vocabulary, letter recognition and common shapes. As the children progress, the system will automatically advance them to more difficult games.

36+ Months

Once children are 3 years old, they will experience a seamless transition to iStartSmart Elite learning games. These games support 18 essential literacy and math skills that children need for kindergarten. As children play, the difficulty progresses or regresses based on their answers.

41+ Months

At this age, children ideally will be on their way to kindergarten readiness; they will have played Shell Squad adventures for 30 minutes per week and mastered all the foundational skills in iStartSmart Elite! Children will love their Shell Squad Adventure friends and building foundational skills with the characters as they play.

60 Months

Children 60 months and older should be able to reach "completed" status in iStartSmart Elite, and are beginning to excel in the entry-level kindergarten skills that are introduced after a child has reached "completed" status in the pre-K skills. Completion of iStartSmart Elite equals kindergarten readiness!

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How do the children get started?

An entire classroom can be loaded onto an iStartSmart device and their custom learning environment can be accessed from any tablet or computer in the assigned classroom. Our patented child photo login ensures that each child is placed into their unique adaptive learning environment. This child photo login is secure and was developed especially for pre-readers.

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What will my children learn?

  • 18 Core Skills Needed for Kindergarten
  • 5 Core Skill Families: Phonological Awareness, Alphabet Knowledge, Language Development, Numeric Operations, Logic & Reasoning
  • 4 Entry-Level Kindergarten Skills
  • Games in English and Spanish
  • All Concepts are based on NELP Report and NRC-Math Reports

Meet the #SHELLSQUAD
Pick a card, any card!

Our Shell Squad Adventures characters are engaging, friendly, and encouraging! They are a diverse group of friends from different walks of life and they want to share their world with your children.

Henry
Cami
Pladdy
Orwell
Luna

How do the games work?

In Shell Squad Adventures children must help Orwell the Owl retrieve the artifacts taken from his museum. As children play the games, the learning software does all of the work to ensure that each child is having fun and progressing through the skills

Addition in English

Addition in English

Sorting in Spanish

Sorting in Spanish

Spanish Letter Recognition Screen Shot

Letter Recognition in Spanish

Spanish Letter Recognition Screen Shot

Entry Level Kindergarten Blending Sounds

  • Reward Based Play - Intrinsic Motivation: Children are encouraged to continue playing based on receiving positive feedback as they complete activities and receive artifacts for the museum in return.
  • Children complete 4 levels of each skill activity to receive all of the artifact pieces and master each skill

Emerging, Developing, Developed, and Completed

  • Learn at their own pace: A child is never advanced to more difficult levels until they have mastered the basics
  • Automatic Refocused Instruction: If a child is having trouble, the software will recognize this and help refocus them on other skill levels needed to master more difficult concepts
  • Bookmarking: The games save each child's place as they play so children can easily pick up where they left off.

Games in English & Spanish

We offer Shell Squad Adventures in English and Spanish - perfect for programs with dual language learners. This engaging software allows DLL children to maintain and develop their home language of Spanish, while simultaneously building math and literacy skills in English. Here's how it works!

  • Teachers can choose from All-English, All-Spanish, or designate English or Spanish versions of Mathematics or Literacy based on what's appropriate for their program
  • Licensed Spanish speech pathologists directly translate the games
  • Child progress monitoring available in Spanish and English for refocused instruction
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