A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that LetterSchool is a letter-writing app that incorporates engaging animated features. As kids write a letter, it animates; for example, it may light up or turn into a rocket flying through space. While this app is meant for kids who can probably already recognize their ABCs, each letter is first labeled and paired with an object to reinforce letter recognition. Parents can adjust the settings, so kids can also practice writing numbers and lowercase letters. The app saves settings and progress for up to three kids.
What's it about?
In LETTERSCHOOL, kids can practice writing letters in any order they choose. The app guides them to first tap on the starting points for each stroke, then trace the letter, and finally write it without hints. In the first two steps, kids see an animation as they tap and trace the letter. If kids struggle in the last part, hints show up to help them. The default is uppercase letters, and kids or parents can adjust the settings to show numbers or lowercase letters.
Is it any good?
LetterSchool does a great job of teaching letter writing with a three-step process: learn the starting points for each stroke, trace the letter, and write the letter without hints. While the animated features are cool and highly imaginative, they could be a little distracting for some early learners, who may not recognize that the lawnmower mowing the grass is actually writing the letter F. However, the app does give kids opportunities to see and write the letters without animations. LetterSchool also provides motivation for practice by creating two rounds that require kids to write all the letters multiple times.
Talk to your kids about ...
Watch as your kids use the app to see which letters are more difficult for them. Encourage them to focus on those letters until they can form them independently.
Give your kids opportunities to practice writing letters with a range of tools including finger paints, crayons, and chalk.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, writing
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: January 24, 2012
- Category: Education
- Topics: Numbers and letters
- Size: 40.10 MB
- Publisher: Boreaal
- Version: 1.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
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