teach your child to read

getting started

Penguino Reading

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.

Step 1.  Hello Splash Page.
Penguino says hello and then flips to read/new.

Step 2.  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 or new.

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.

Please Note:
There are help messages to assist first-time users.
Touch (X - OK, got it.) to remove these messages.

Step 3.  Camera or File.
On this page there is a choice of camera or file icons.
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 or Retake if you're not happy with it. 

The edit screen allows you to center and zoom the image in or out.
Click done when finished.

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.

Step 4.  Read or New.

On this page there is a choice of read or new.

There is a sample page (below), or you may have just added one.

Either way, let's get started by touching read.

Step 5.  Reading Pages.
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

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: