School Zone Publishing Expands iPad Apps Collection
with Four “Smart” New Titles

Leading Publisher of Educational Products Introduces
 Their Groundbreaking Pencil-Pal Software for iPad
 
GRAND HAVEN, MI.— May 25th, 2010—School Zone, the award-winning publisher of children’s educational products, is expanding their iPad software collection with the launch of four new downloadable applications based on their innovative Pencil-Pal technology.  Available May 25th, parents and teachers will be able to download Phonics Learning Game, Preschool Learning Game, Kindergarten Learning Game and First Grade Learning Game for $9.99 each. 
 
These groundbreaking new applications are designed to help children at preschool, kindergarten or first grade levels gain essential reading and math skills through interactive educational programs. School Zone’s EDDIE award-winning Pencil-Pal technology—which was first introduced in 2002 and fuses a pencil-and-paper workbook curriculum with an interactive platform—has been revolutionized for the iPad to offer a multi-faceted teaching method that engages, excites and encourages young minds with sound, action and touch.
 
“Apple’s technology has inspired a whole new level of School Zone software, allowing us to evolve and enhance the educational experience with touch-pad manipulation,” says Jonathan Hoffman, president and CEO.  “Beginning with On-Track and Flash-Action, and now the Pencil-Pal collections, we are able to provide children with the richest learning experience possible.”
 
School Zone’s four new iPad applications help children sharpen their skills with games, dot-to-dot puzzles, educational videos, drawing and coloring activities, and jokes and riddles, all through animated characters, audio prompts and encouragement, colorful graphics and delightful music.  Each application targets a specific developmental stage, ranging from preschool through first grade or ages 2-6, with signature characters and storylines.
 
Preschool Learning Game for iPad; Price: $9.99
Sherman Sheep and the rest of the barnyard buddies will help your preschooler sharpen his or her pre-reading and math skills, including beginning letter sounds, counting, number and letter sequencing, pattern making, rhyming, and greater and less than concepts.
 
Kindergarten Learning Game for iPad; Price $9.99
There’s a clubhouse full of activities for kindergarten-level kids!  Josie Jaguar and the rest of the clubhouse gang will help children hone reading and math skills, such as beginning letter sounds, counting, number and letter sequencing, pattern making, rhyming, and greater and less than concepts.
 
For a sea full of activities, Captain Bingham Bear and the rest of his crew will help your first-grader with letter and number sequencing, beginning sight words, telling time, money values, and adding and subtracting.
 
Phonics Learning Game for iPad; Price: $9.99
Zachary Zebra and the rest of his firehouse team provide a fun and engaging environment to practice and polish beginning and ending letter sounds, short and long vowel sounds, rhyming families, bends and combination sounds.
 
For more information on all School Zone Publishing products please visit www.schoolzone.com. To schedule an interview with School Zone Publishing’s CEO, Jonathan Hoffman, please contact Kristina Godfrey of Junger-Godfrey PR at 949.720.7062 or Kristina@kjunger.com.  
 
SCHOOL ZONE PUBLISHING FACTS:
— Unique in the marketplace 
— Based on 30 years of superior educational content
— Provides effective developmental growth
— Specially designed for ease-of-use 
— Makes learning fun for children
— Teaches essential skills