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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Montessori Crosswords helps kids ages of 3 to 10 develop literacy skills by dragging and dropping letters into a crossword grid to form words that correspond to the given pictures. Very young kids can practice linking phonetic sounds to letters (one of the fundamentals of Montessori), while older kids can expand their vocabularies in the higher of three difficulty levels. The menu contains a link to the publisher's site with tips for parents.
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What's it about?
MONTESSORI CROSSWORDS puts the language shelf of a Montessori classroom into your kid's hands. Kids choose their level, from simple three-letter words to more complex words, and then drag and drop letters to spell the assigned word. Kids can hear the letter sounds as they decide which letters to use. Kids can access hints (seeing the word spelled out so they can match letters) by tapping the question mark. Kids can customize the app, too, choosing capital or lowercase letters and choosing print or cursive letters.
Is it any good?
The best edutainment apps are able to teach kids without condescending to them, and Montessori Crosswords is a beautiful example of this. Its presentation is fun and aesthetically pleasing, but not too sugary as to turn off older kids (the app targets kids as old as 10 and as young as 3). With a database of nearly 300 words and their corresponding pictures, along with tens of thousands of possible crosswords, Montessori Crosswords is a great way for kids to develop literacy in an engaging way that feels like play.
Talk to your kids about ...
Read with your kid every day. It's the first step to encouraging your kid to be a lifelong reader.
When talking about letters, be sure to make the letter's sound for your child in addition to (or instead of) naming the letter.
Work on lowercase letters. Most words in print are composed of lowercase letters.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, spelling, vocabulary
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: March 15, 2012
- Category: Education
- Publisher: L'Escapadou
- Version: 3.6
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
- Last updated: August 25, 2016
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For kids who love spelling and vocabulary
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