Camas, Wash. (Nov. 14, 2014) – Reader Bee, a series of iPad apps that use a highly effective, simplified approach to teach sounds, letters and words to young children, is hosting an off-screen activities contest via Pinterest. The contest fosters creative ways for teaching children how to read using original games, educational materials or other activities. The Reader Bee Off-Screen Games Contest is for users who have unique and fun ideas for teaching children to read. The ideas to be entered should be games, materials or activities that will complement the Reader Bee apps by reinforcing concepts children learn when using Reader Bee.

Families and parents play an important role in helping develop children’s reading skills. According to the National Education Association (NEA), 26 percent of children who were read to three to four times a week by a family member knew all the letters of the alphabet, showing that parental involvement is fundamental in the early stages of developing literacy skills. Learning to read through creative and fun ways not only helps children practice letters and sounds, but ensures stronger reading skills in the future, according to NEA.

“Reader Bee is excited to help parents find and develop creative, fun ways to teach their children how to read, while reinforcing the fundamental concepts children need before they enter school,” said Ann McCormick, president and founder of Learning Circle Kids, the company that develops Reader Bee. “We’re empowering parents and young children to individualize their learning experience and show them that learning to read is important and can be fun.”

The Reader Bee contest encourages parents to play an active role in helping their children learn to read when they are young. It also demonstrates the importance of developing literacy skills in children before they enter school so that they continue to learn more complex concepts and succeed in the future. Reader Bee, along with parents’ original ideas and involvement, makes learning to read easier and more intuitive, building the most effective path to confident reading.

To enter the contest, users must be following Reader Bee on Pinterest at the time the contest closes. Users are asked to pin a description of their idea with a photo or video and then comment on the Reader Bee pin here with a link to their entry idea. All ideas must be submitted by January 15, 2015 to be considered. One participant will be selected to win a free iPad.

For more information on the Reader Bee contest, visit

To download Reader Bee and the Story Tree, visit the iTunes App Store.

About Learning Circle Kids, LLC
Learning Circle Kids develops award-winning educational apps, books and toys for early childhood learners. The company offers tools that encourage children to engage with their learning circle, or individuals most involved in a child’s growth. The primary product line from Learning Circle Kids, Reader Bee, features iPad apps with the first-ever custom keyboard for children. Reader Bee pioneered the Honeycomb Reading method, a simplified way to teach children to read in a more effective, fun way. To learn more, visit

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