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Step-by-step method, animations make writing letters fun.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn to write letters as they follow LetterSchool's three-step method. The animated features keep kids engaged, but parents should encourage kids to repeat the letters so they can enjoy the animations but also focus on building their letter-writing skills. The app also introduces the letters with a word, which can help younger kids improve letter recognition and help older kids with spelling and word recognition. LetterSchool introduces a great method for learning to write letters, which is strengthened if adults encourage repetition and monitor the learning.

Ease of play

The app is very easy to navigate. Highlighting along the way guides kids on where to go next. There are hints if kids struggle in the writing activity.

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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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, writing
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:January 24, 2012
Topics:Numbers and letters
Size:40.10 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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Educator and Parent Written byjamied1 June 10, 2015

Haynes EEC Tech Goes Home

This app helps young children with letter recognition and vocabulary. This app is a constructive and appropriate use of screen time.
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Kid, 10 years old January 15, 2016

Best app ever.

Learn to write letters and numbers with this app. Even though I'm 10 and know how to write, I love this app. That may sound weird at first, but play on this app before you judge and see for yourself. (;
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