Here is how "4KidCal" works:
First, your child creates profile with a name and photo. Next, your child is shown the current month with a wide range of colorful icons. Your kid selects a day on the calendar that is important and one of the icons that surround that month. The screen centers on this icon along with a simple "mike" button that is pressed to record a message.
After the message is saved, you or your child will find that icon on the calendar, select it, and listen to the recorded message.
Thanks to this app, your child can plan ahead and record messages for birthdays, important school days, or simple reminders of things that need to get done the weeks ahead.
Even parents will appreciate the "4KidCal" app when their own kids remind them of upcoming events.
The video posted here is from the app developer and shows how easy and useful the app can be for kids and parents.
"My kids love checking the app daily (if only to hear their own voices). I’ll be using the 4KidCal in an unconventional way while I am gone on a business trip to pre-record a special message to the kids each day. It will help them count down the days until I get home."
"4KidCal is a great learning experience and fun for the kids and is rated for ages 4+, I could see even my almost four year old enjoying this app to schedule the fun we have during the Summer vacation!"
From 4KidCal: Press Release:
Latest version of 4KidCal! mobile app cited as
“New and Noteworthy” on iTunes Store
--Updated educational calendar app makes planning fun for kids
ROSLYN HEIGHTS, NY—(1/24/13) –The latest version of 4KidCal!--a mobile calendar app created to help young children learn how to organize events, make plans for the days ahead and develop invaluable long term time management skills-–has been designated a “New and Noteworthy” Educational App on the Itunes store.
With new fun icons for the spring holidays, 4KidCal! is available for download on the App Store's Education category for $1.99. The new version is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (requires iOS 4.3 or later and 8.5 MB), has been updated for iOS 6, and is available globally. The app makes planning a colorful and highly intuitive experience, with simple task modules and effortless scheduling options providing youngsters with an avenue to adopt personal planning into their daily repertoire.
4KidCal! turns the mobile calendar app into a visually appealing educational experience simple enough for kids of any age to use. Scheduling is as easy as tapping on the date an event is to be scheduled, selecting one of the app's many audio-enabled interactive reminder icons, and recording an audio memo with the "What, Where and When" to outline the planned event. Since the app is specifically built for children, it's designed to help them jump in and start planning their schedules with little preparation.
All users need to get started with 4KidCal! is a profile and an idea of what they want to do in the weeks ahead. The app provides youngsters with a single, easy-to-understand calendar interface surrounded by 28 colorful event-specific icons. These individualized icons include everything from an airplane to remind users of a family trip, to a soccer ball to remind them of a big game coming up, and many others specially designed to take children's day-to-day activities into account.
"4KidCal! offers today's tech savvy youngsters the perfect method to develop valuable time management skills they will need for success throughout their lives," said Susan Westfried, co-founder of 4KidCal LLC and a veteran teacher-mentor, staff developer and math coach with the New York City Department of Education. "Banking on our experience in early childhood education, we specially designed 4KidCal! to appeal to children of all ages both visually and technically, helping them to jump right in and start planning out their months with little preparation."
Since its initial launch last year, the app has received positive reviews from educational and parenting websites and blogs, including bestappsforkids.org, which called it "a wonderful, simple, and useful app for kids!" To view a demonstration video and learn more about the app, please visit www.4KidCal.com.
About 4KidCal--Based in Roslyn Heights, N.Y., 4KidCal LLC is an innovative new mobile applications developer committed to designing mobile experiences geared to help tech-engaged youngsters get a head start on advancing valuable life skills. For more information, visit www.4kidcal.com. The developers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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