Intro to Letters, by Montessorium

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Digital sandpaper letters and sounds for preschool practice.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn letter sounds and letter names and practice tracing uppercase and lowercase letters in Intro to Letters, by Montessorium. The practice focuses on individual letters as well as on 15 two-letter phonograms (letters or letter combinations that make a single sound). Kids can also develop listening and speaking skills as they hear and record themselves saying the letter sounds and names. Although kids may not beg to play Intro to Letters, by Montessorium, they'll benefit from any time spent with this smart early literacy app.

Ease of Play

Intro to Letters is intuitive and easy to use. In addition, each page has an info button explaining the activity on the page.

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Intro to Letters contains a link to the publisher's website where kids can view other apps available for purchase.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Intro to Letters, by Montessorium is an educational app designed to help children recognize, pronounce, and write lowercase letters, capital letters, and phonograms (letter combinations that make a single sound). The app includes three types of activities: 1) plays a letter sound or name aloud as kids trace it, 2) plays a letter sound followed by the letter name, and 3) allows kids to record and listen to themselves saying a letter sound or name (requires a microphone). Each activity includes a short description of the intended goal from a Montessori perspective, which can be helpful for parents who want to reinforce the skills beyond the app.

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Parent of a 2 and 5-year-old Written byOteach April 15, 2011

Well-designed ABC app.

Clear and age appropriate.

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What's it about?

Kids play with a digital version of sandpaper letters, a tool used for teaching early reading skills in Montessori settings. Activities include early literacy exercises designed to promote auditory, visual, and muscular memory. Kids trace letters with their fingers, hear letter sounds and letter names, and record themselves saying letter sounds and letter names. The app interactions feel like quiet, educational play with calm and clear narration, simple wooden letters, and no flashy animations or sounds.

Is it any good?

Intro to Letters, by Montessorium is a great looking, high quality educational app for toddlers and preschoolers. It's not a game, so kids may not beg to play with it, but it's colorful and interactive and makes excellent use of touch screen capabilities. Letter names and sounds are pronounced clearly, which is essential for learning apps. iPod Touch users should note that they'll need headphones with a built-in mic to be able to use that feature. The app is a bit pricey, but it's also well-designed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Encourage kids to follow through with an entire activity before moving on to the next; some activities have multiple parts that build on one another.

  • Practice letter sounds, letter names, and tracing letters with your kids using real sandpaper letters.

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