Welcome

Ready to Print was created by an Occupational Therapist with over twenty years of experience working with children. It is a comprehensive tool for parents, therapists and educators to help teach pre-writing skills to children in order to build a strong foundation for beginning printers.

It features a huge variety of activities and levels (194 levels in 13 activities) to keep beginning printers engaged.

Ready to Print progresses through the pre-writing skills in a specific order, so that children can master the visual-motor, visual-perceptual, and fine motor skills necessary for correct printing patterns. It is designed to teach children the correct patterns for printing, and to avoid bad habits that are difficult to change as the child gets older.

We are committed to keeping Ready to Print the most comprehensive pre-writing app available.

- It provides activities for both pre-writing skills.
- It’s designed with a progression of skills that work towards correct printing patterns.
- It allows you to change size settings to match each child’s skill level.
- It features a progression from larger hand movements to smaller, more refined movements.
- It lets you choose which activity and level to begin on.
- It allows setting up multiple user profiles, and remembers skill settings and tracks progress for each user.
- It allows you to send progress reports via e-mail directly from the app (iPad/iPad Mini only, this feature not available on Kindle and Android versions).
- It detects the screen size of your device (e.g., iPad vs iPad mini, different sizes of android tablets and Kindles), and adjusts sensitivity automatically.
- Choose from either sound effects or professionally-recorded voice prompts.

Activities

Ready to Print features thirteen different activities.  All can be played with fingers, or use a stylus to work on pencil grasp.


Touch

The Touch activity shows between 3 and 20 pictures on the screen. The child touches each one, in any order, to transform it to a new shape. This activity focuses on basic isolation of the index finger and visual scanning skills. It features 16 different levels, with different pictures and numbers of items. The size of the items may be changed to suit the child’s skill level.


Ordered Touch

This is similar to the Touch activity, except the child is prompted to touch the items in a specific order. This activity focuses on basic isolation of the index finger, visual scanning and visual tracking skills.
It also introduces the directionality of printing strokes including: left to right, top to bottom,
diagonal and circles starting at the top and going toward the left. The size of the items may be changed to suit the child’s skill level.


Touch and Drag

Touch and Drag is a new activity, available in version 3.0 (coming in Feb 2014). This activity focuses on basic isolation of the index finger, visual scanning, and visual tracking skills. It introduces the touch-and-drag action that is used in the remainder of the activities in Ready to Print. It also introduces the down, up , right, and left directions.


Matching

In this activity, between 2 and 6 shapes (You can choose how many) are shown on the top of the screen, and matching outlines are shown on the bottom of the screen. There’s always one less outline than shape. The child drags the shapes into their matching outlines.  This activity focuses on visual scanning, visual tracking and visual motor (eye-hand coordination) skills. It uses basic shapes due to these being important for pre-writing and pre-drawing skills (as well as pre-math). Shapes are made up of the same lines and curves as letters, which assists with letter recognition later on. The size of the shapes may be changed to suit the child’s skill level.


Path Following

In this activity, the child draws a line inside of a path from one picture to another. The activity features a progression of 25 different paths. It focuses on visual tracking, visual motor and fine motor skills. The paths follow a progression of pre-writing strokes from simple to more complex. These strokes will be used to form the shapes and letters in later activities. The width of the paths may be changed to suit the child’s skill level.


Shape Tracing

In this activity, the child traces a line inside of one of nine different shapes. This activity focuses on visual tracking, visual motor and fine motor skills. The shapes follow a progression from simple to more complex. The direction that the child is prompted to trace the shape teaches correct stroke patterns for letter formation when printing. The width of the paths that are traced may be changed to suit the child’s skill level.


Connect the Dots

In this activity, the child draws one of ten different shapes by connecting on-screen dots. The app will prompt the child indicating the next section to be drawn. This activity focuses on visual tracking, visual motor and fine motor skills. The paths follow the progression of drawing shapes from simple to more complex. The direction that the child is prompted to draw the shape teaches correct stroke patterns for letter formation when printing. This activity requires more refined drawing skills and allows the child an opportunity to imitate or copy the pattern in a free-draw area on the right-hand side of the screen.


Pinching

In this activity, pairs of pictures are presented on the screen, and the child uses two fingers to bring them together. It focuses on fine motor skills, specifically the pincer grasp. This grasp is important for a correct grasp on any writing utensil. This activity can be completed using the thumb and forefinger, thumb and middle finger, thumb and ring finger, or thumb and little finger for further fine motor coordination and hand skill development. The distance between the pairs of pictures may be adjusted to accomodate different hand sizes.


Letters
and
Numbers

In these activities, the child will incorporate all of the skills learned in the previous activities and begin to learn correct formation of the 26 capital and lower-case letters, and ten numeric digits. Like Connect the Dots, this activity provides an opportunity to imitate or copy the letter in a free-draw area next to it. The size of the letters and numbers being traced may be gradually reduced as the child’s skill level improves. For the Letters activity, you may either work on all capital letters, all lower-case letters, or capital & lower-case pairs.


Free Draw

This activity is a blank canvas for drawing with the finger. You can choose from a palette of 8 colors.
 
 
 


Settings
You can adjust every activity in Ready to Print to match the level of the student. Activities can be adjusted on-the-fly, or on a main settings page. Settings are stored and remembered for each individual student (when you use this feature).

What Others are Saying

Awards and Recognition

Feedback from Users

  • “My son and I really enjoyed playing with the app and it made learning fun without even realizing that he was practicing important skills” – The iMums
  • “…a great, new app for your pediatric OT iTool Kit!” - OTs With Apps
  • I love the pinching activity, and the fact that you can have different profiles to keep track of different people using the app.Therapy Fun Zone
  • “It’s such an awesome app…I’ll be sure to recommend it to all of my friends who have kids.” – Parent
  • I love this app – Teacher
  • It’s really nice to have the data component - School OT
  • It’s the best I have tried – OT
  • I really love all aspects of the program – School OT
  • The App is Amazing! – Teacher
  • Definitely my favorite therapy app! – OT

Education Discount

Apple offers a significant discount to educational institutions when purchasing qualified apps in quantities of 20 or more. Ready to Print is available under this program. For more information, please visit http://www.apple.com/education/volume-purchase-program

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Contact Us

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