Penguino's approach is simple - young children have a
limited vocabulary, and most of it is not in a book. Younger
pre-readers should be encouraged by starting with the simplest words in
their vocabulary. So we are going to start with the words your child
already knows. And if they are just baby talk and not real words, that's OK too.
After launching from the desktop icon:
First time only - The Setup page appears.
Please add a password and register in Setup.
Select Done (top right) to continue.
To get to Setup in future the gear icon top right is on the read/new page.
Setup help is here: SetupHelp
Hello Splash Page.
Penguino says hello
and then flips to read/new
Read or New.
Notice that the read/new page has links to this page (Getting Started) and Help webpages.
There is a choice of read
If you already have pictures in Penguino, or you want to see the sample page, touch read
and go to Step 4 below.
Assuming this is the first time and you're ready to go, let's touch new
to create a new page and go to Step 3.
There are help messages to assist first-time users.
Touch (X - OK, got it.) to remove these messages.
Camera or File.
On this page there is a choice of camera
If you already have pictures, touch file and browse for a picture.
In most cases you will want a new picture for your child's latest word, so touch camera.
Center the subject and touch the round shutter button to take a picture.
Select Use Photo
if you're not happy with it.
The edit screen allows you to center and zoom the image in or out.
Enter the name of the object in the picture; click return when done and swipe left. Baby words are great!
The ideal first image would be your child and their name.
Note that there are no upper case letters in the original Penguino Reading intended for young children.
Read or New.
On this page there is a choice of read
There is a sample page (below), or you may have just added one.
Either way, let's get started by touching read.
Here is the sample page but with any luck you now have electronic flashcards of your child's first words.
At first, point to the picture while sounding the name.
When baby recognizes the picture, point to the word.
Early on you can try pointing to and sounding out the first letter.
In this case: b - b - b - ball.
Slide your finger along as you slowly pronounce the word.
Use Penguino just as you would a flashcard. Do what works.
Touch the arrow or swipe to move to the next picture.
Don't be pushy, allow it to come playfully and naturally.
Take it easy, your child is already on their way to reading.
Please let us know how you're doing at email@example.com
PENGUINO for older pre-readers
Older Second Language or remedial pre-reader students are easy to help using Penguino, which works in any language.
Fortunately, older students will already have a wide vocabulary to choose from.
Just photograph objects (or grab familiar images from the internet) .
Again, the important point is that you are not trying to teach
a new word, but the student is learning to read an existing one.
There are new Penguinos planned for Remedial, Therapeutic and Second Language teaching.
If you're interested in specific pre-reading applications please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org