Foundry Phase I: Developing Reading Crates
In this week’s moonshot, we present our finalized question and solution:

The Question: How can we treat dyslexia using a multisensory teaching approach within the home?

Most of dyslexia treatment is integrated into education (school), but we propose to bring treatment into the home. Some of the issues we must tackle are how to distribute these multisensory crates and the cost of development Issues:

  • how do we decide who gets these crates (typically developing or dyslexic)
  • Cost - who can pay for monthly subscription

The Solution: We are going to develop “reading crates” with multi-sensory toys that will provide children with a more nuanced method of learning to read that includes auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic techniques. This is inspired by “kiwi crates” that help kids get hands-on STEM experience. We intend to design these crates for kids around the ages 3 to 6.

Upon looking further into the various methods of multi-sensory teaching, we decided to include auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic materials in our crates.

Auditory:

  • Mini xylophone in which keys correspond to a letter
  • Accompanying spelling/music games

Tactile:

  • Figurine of each letter; texture of each letter corresponds to whether the letter makes a hard or soft sound.
  • Design of letter will be related to a common word or figure that starts with that letter (i.e. a snake for S)
  • Connectable pieces that can form letters

Kinesthetic:

  • Hopscotch spelling game
  • Dancing game in which dance moves correspond to a certain letter.

The Prototype: Here are some 3D images of what we imagine our crates to comprise and look like:

Depicted: Xylophone (trapezoid in pink), hopscotch mat (bottom of crate in blue), bins of letters and connectable pieces to make letters