NZ’s First Storyboard Gaming App
From social stories to daily routines
Auckland, January 2019: Kids have an insatiable craving for tales. From unicorns to fairies, mythical creatures have contributed their mighty
bit to honing a tot’s fantasy world. Parents and educators have tried to use their magical wands to unveil the Pegasus
and narrate social stories. But has the child grasped it yet? Ready for Big School assists parents and early childhood
educators while being a toddler’s best friend.
Abel Tutagalevao’s brainchild, Ready for Big School is a perfect blend of stories and games. Launched globally this
January 2019 on Google Play Store and App Store, this engaging storybook gaming app has been designed with a notion of
providing aid to toddlers and pre-schoolers during their transitioning phase from kindergarten to primary school. It is
offered at a cost-effective price of USD 7.99 for kids ages 2-5. Keeping in mind the cultural diversity in New Zealand,
this fun-learning app will be introduced in English followed by Mandarin, Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish and Hindi with
Taking a technological leap in the educational sector, Ready for Big School depicts multiple social stories in the form
of games for smart and happy children to prepare for school by providing a supportive and enthusiastic real-life
experience for them to be positive and belong in a new school environment. Key concepts such as confidently approaching
tasks and morning routines, following instructions, forming friendships, working in groups, being courageous in trying
new things, coping with emotions and learning about words and numbers are all covered to inspire learning, boost a
child’s confidence and help them develop independence.
Ready for Big School helps toddlers coming from different walks of life, especially kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
(ASD) by providing audio and visual cues for better understanding. The app benefits early childhood educators as well as
Says founder and owner Abel Tutagalevao, “This is a game changer to empower and boost a child’s confidence to become a
more settled and school-ready child to what will be a lifetime of learning, help reduce a busy parent’s anxiety,
complement many school readiness programmes throughout the world”.
With a big focus on supporting early childhood development both with an academic and life skills focus, Ready for Big
School explores the idea of going to school for the first time and helps kids face the upcoming challenges with
excitement and fun. It’s now time for parents to get rid of their anxieties while their child is not just playing but
learning and growing.