SCHOOL ZONE INC. DEBUTS THE ALL-NEW ANYWHERE TEACHER BRAND FEATURING A NEW ONLINE DESTINATION, ANYWHERETEACHER.COM, AND A SUITE OF INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS DESIGNED TO CONNECT ANYWHERE, ANYTIME WITH CHILDREN, GLOBALLY
AnywhereTeacher.com Provides the Most Effective Experience for Children to Learn Essential Concepts in a Simple and Safe Environment for Today’s On-The-Go and Digitally Savvy Families
GRAND HAVEN, Mich., November 3, 2016 – School Zone Inc., a recognized market leader in creating innovative multimedia learning tools to prepare children for a lifelong love of education, announced today the launch of an all-new brand, Anywhere Teacher, which features an online destination, AnywhereTeacher.com, and proprietary supplemental learning products designed by educators to provide an innovative, curriculum-based supplemental learning experience tailored for children and parents.
Expanding on its nearly 40-year heritage of delivering award-winning early learning solutions, the launch of School Zone Inc.’s new brand coincides with the debut of the newly launched online destination, AnywhereTeacher.com, a “Digital Educational Playground” for children ages 2-8 that connects with kids, wherever they are, and makes learning fun. The content is created exclusively by School Zone Inc.’s dedicated team of educators, editors, designers and programmers, specifically created to give peace of mind to busy parents when children that are accessing the easy-to-navigate site independently.
AnywhereTeacher.com provides a safe and trusted subscription-based “supplemental” learning environment, which combines the power of video with traditional learning tools such as digital flash cards, games, interactive worksheets and printable activities, providing learning at a child’s fingertips—anywhere and at anytime. Having sold 350 million workbooks to date, School Zone Inc. products are a leading choice of teachers for their children and students and the largest supplier of workbooks and flash cards to home-school families. Over 70 products are available at major retail stores across the U.S., including Toys“R”Us, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Sam’s Club, Costco, Jo-Ann’s, Hobby Lobby, Barnes & Noble, Menards and more.
Commented School Zone Inc. CEO Jonathan Hoffman, “Throughout 2016, School Zone’s ongoing focus has been on not only the digital conversion of our assets, but distribution as well. Our original and award-winning programming, workbooks, flash cards and other products have helped millions of parents give their children an early learning advantage. With the launch of Anywhere Teacher, we continue to expand easy access for families across a variety of digital platforms, providing parents with the utmost freedom to view our material on any platform anywhere, anytime, globally.”
Adds Barbara Peacock, Managing Director, School Zone Inc., “A parent’s role is increasingly important in our children’s education today, especially because there are a lot of entertainment only based alternatives. Anywhere Teacher is a fun and cost-effective supplemental learning “solution” that captivates, motivates and energizes young minds and helps make parental participation in their child’s education an effective partnership because they are utilizing tools that have been developed based on decades of research and broad-based experience working with educators. Everyone at School Zone Inc. has taken immense pride and dedication to create this powerful experience tailored for children and parents. Taking this digital world and making it tangible beyond the screen in a guaranteed, simple, safe way is the Anywhere Teacher.com goal.”
Differentiating it from other educational sites, AnywhereTeacher.com is compatible with most desktops, laptops, tablets, phones and platforms; and subscribing is just as simple. Parents can purchase from iTunes, Google Play or PayPal to gain access from any device. Starting at $6.99 per month, there’s no limit on the number of devices that can simultaneously access the site among family members in the same household. AnywhereTeacher.com also allows parents to manage their child’s activities and view their progress on the site, creating an opportunity to discuss improvement and learning goals.
Customers who sign up for a free trial of AnywhereTeacher.com will receive a welcome gift mailed to their child. In addition, an AnywhereTeacher.com subscription will include occasional membership rewards of discount coupons and free gifts, such as a Charlie & Company coloring book, a Try-n-Spy activity workbook, or a Start to Read! book.
AnywhereTeacher.com expands families’ options and features a robust array of original content including:
Video: More than 200 videos teach children early learning skills through entertainment without them even realizing it! Classic, live-action, animation and clay animation content make learning fun. Topics encompass discovery; letters and numbers; shapes and colors; words and phonics; health and fitness; and wellness and nutrition.
Charlie & Company: The live-action/animated, educational, preschool series starring a golden retriever named Charlie and his teacher Miss Ellie (played by the award-winning actress Danielle Augustine), empowers preschoolers with the skills they need to succeed in school. Anywhere Teacher Miss Ellie guides children through learning “school zone” adventures, exploring fun places and solving “puzzle it out” questions, while reinforcing letters, numbers, crafts, fitness, music and more. Featuring original music by multiplatinum-selling front man for The Verve Pipe, Brian Vander Ark.
Start to Read! Book Series: Over 60 digital Start to Read! books featuring read-along audio tracks, teach children how to read. Each beautifully illustrated book provides picture clues to help beginning readers associate pictures with words. Level-specific vocabulary books feature charming storylines and relatable themes.
Flash Cards: A proven way to memorize information, apply important concepts and stimulate active recall, the site’s interactive flash cards emphasize FUN by combining sound and motion! Quick, easy and self-directed, flash cards prove virtually unbeatable in helping to master essential math and spelling proficiency skills.
Games: Pure fun for kids, while instilling a sense of pride and accomplishment while keeping them excited and engaged as they sharpen spelling, thinking, math and vocabulary skills, as well as eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.
Interactive Worksheets: Help kids gain important skills with quick, fun, self-correcting activities. As children practice telling time, counting coins, working with fractions and more, they also practice listening and following directions.
Printables: A great way for kids to get additional practice with pen and paper while reinforcing the skills they learn online. Writing on paper helps kids to focus and develop fine motor skills.
Songs: With original songs created by renowned singer-songwriter Brian Vander Ark, of the American rock band The Verve Pipe, kids explore the spectrum of musical styles, from hip-hop and rock to folk and country, with easy to memorize lyrics.
Additionally, under the Anywhere Teacher banner, the Little Scholar Mini is the new seven-inch, fun-sized version of its multiple award-winning (Parent’s Choice, Pal Award, Family Choice), parent tablet for children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade. The Little Scholar Mini is programmed with over 70 apps, e-books, songs, videos to help to build readiness skills, focusing on early reading and math, to last a lifetime. The tablet also features the interactive, preschool series Charlie & Company.
About School Zone Inc.: For nearly 40 years, award-winning School Zone has offered a wide variety of supplemental educational solutions across multiple learning platforms, from software, apps, videos and music to games, flash cards and workbook products. Designed by educators with proven, research-based content, School Zone connects with kids “where they are,” providing a comprehensive source for individual learning styles and goals that are easily implemented and accessible anywhere, anytime, reinforcing the concept that learning should never end beyond the classroom. Based in Grand Haven, Michigan, School Zone is a private company founded by longtime educators James. D. Hoffman, Ph.D., and his wife, Joan Hoffman, M.A. www.schoolzone.com
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