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iTrace - handwriting for kids

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Tracing-practice app corrects, assesses, and rewards.

App iPad Paid Education
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age 3+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 3+
age 3+

Interactive Learning

After downloading many costly learning apps, I found this one to be my favorite. The graphics are clean, soft and uncluttered. There are great options, including selecting upper and lower case. There is even an option for gentle background music. This is an easy to use and fun interactive learning app. I use this for my Kindergartner as well as for tutoring children 4-6 years. There is a wonderful element to add your own words and pictures that provides you unlimited and fun options that can work well with older children as well. I contacted the creator and he is very dedicated and committed to providing the best learning experience for children.

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Overall, ITRACE - HANDWRITING FOR KIDS provides lots of good tracing exercises to help kids get familiar with letter formation. The ability to customize letters to left- or right-handed tracing as well as to different writing styles is especially impressive. As kids progress, the app selects the next appropriate exercise automatically. The My Name module allows kids to practice writing their own names in many color combinations -- sure to be a favorite choice for many kids.

On the downside, once a word appears the letters enlarge so parts of the word often confusingly fall off the right side of the screen. There are some odd word choices in the word-tracing mode that young kids aren't likely to be familiar with or use, such as "yacht" and "stilts," although you can add your own words. Also, the app says only the name of the letter and doesn't sound it out. Some terms used in the assessment ("too shaky," "out of bounds," and "overextended") may be descriptive but not necessarily helpful to say to kids trying to master that letter. If young users stick with letters, numbers, and kids' names for a while and modify assessments for older tracers, they can avoid the pitfalls and enjoy iTrace's strengths.

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