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Tool Factory Introduces Emotional Literacy Software from Sherston America
Posted by at 09:55:46 AM Thu 06/24/2010

Strumbie Island software provides young learners and special needs students with a fun and safe way to develop social skills and emotional literacy.

Sunderland, VT, June 24, 2010 - Tool Factory announced today that it is now offering Strumbie Island educational software. Strumbie Island software and accompanying storybook support and encourage the development of emotional literacy by helping young and special needs students recognize, understand and appropriately express their emotions.

In Strumbie Island, students travel to the fictional land of Strumbie, an island with inhabitants so small they can only express one emotion at a time. Each colorful character in Strumbie Island is named after his or her strongest emotion, and learners explore a range of emotions through five interactive games and activities covering bullying to self-esteem building and more. Strumbie Island also includes a photocopiable storybook that highlights emotive words.

"We're excited to bring Strumbie Island to teachers in the United States," said Kendra Ericson, Tool Factory's Director of Educational Services. "The software addresses a significant need in a fun and engaging way. In addition, the software includes many accessibility options, including options for switch users, making it a valuable tool for both inclusive and mainstream classrooms."

Developed by Sherston America, Strumbie Island boasts advanced teacher features, including lesson plans for a full 10 week teaching program, as well as SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) and curriculum links and resources. For more information on Strumbie Island, please visit the Tool Factory website at http://www.toolfactory.com.

Title: Strumbie Island
Item #: 20122
Price: $69.95 (single), and $529.95 (unlimited network site license)

About Sherston America
Sherston America publishes award-winning, innovative solutions for education. Creative curriculum content, special needs software, science peripherals and evidence-based assessment tools empower teaching and learning, stimulate creativity and equip learners with 21st century technology skills. All of Sherston America's special needs software includes a range of accessibility options, such as switch access, voice input and display options. Individual student records are also available so that resources can be personalized to suit the individual's interests, learning styles and curriculum requirements. Sherston America is part of BLi Education Ltd, a respected leader in the international education market. http://www.sherstonamerica.com

About Tool Factory
Tool Factory is a leader in innovative educational technology and staff development solutions. Tool Factory's mission is to improve US education by providing superior educational software, hardware, staff development options, and an impressive lineup of special education products. The extensive online catalog offers a host of resources to reinvigorate any learning environment. Teachers, students, and parents join the Tool Factory staff in testing products to ensure that they are easy to navigate, fun to use, and beneficial to the learning process. For more information go to http://www.toolfactory.com.

Media Contact: Amanda Stevens
Tool Factory Inc., 3336 Sunderland Hill Road, Sunderland, VT 05250
Telephone: (800) 220-8386 Ext. 211 Fax: (802) 375-6860
Email Address: astevens@toolfactory.com
Orders: orders@toolfactory.com
Website: http://www.toolfactory.com

Tags: emotional literacy, software, educational, game, early learning, special needs, inclusive