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Montessori Letter Sounds - Phonics in English, Spanish, French & Italian
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Montessori Letter Sounds - Phonics in English, Spanish, French & Italian doesn't have any fast-moving graphics or loud bells and whistles, which makes it a gentle way to introduce very young app users to prereading learning games. True to Montessori learning methods, this well-designed app teaches prereading skills such as letter sounds and shapes in colorful, uncluttered, and self-directed activities. Simple games, such as writing letters in a "sandbox" and matching letter sounds to photos on cards, mirror the tools used in real-world Montessori classrooms. This app will be helpful for prereaders and especially useful for kids already learning using the same methods.
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What's it about?
The games on MONTESSORI LETTER SOUNDS - PHONICS IN ENGLISH, SPANISH, FRENCH & ITALIAN are given in order of progression. For kids as young as 3 and just starting the process of app play and prereading skills, there's a sound-recognition game. That's followed by a letter-sounds game for older kids. Then kids move up to a mix-and-match game and, finally, a sound-it-out game. Other activities such as a letter-tracing sandbox, a notebook, and an "image box" also are available for any age and stage in the prereading process.
Is it any good?
Parents and kids who already know and like the Montessori way of teaching -- simple, quiet, and self-directed -- will love Montessori Letter Sounds. Those who are expecting more action, noise, and sparkly graphics may not find these games as impressive. That said, there's no question that the games are age-appropriate, exceptionally well-crafted, and progressively challenging. Also, the supplemental activities that are offered are fun and can be played at any level.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about different ways to learn letters: Encourage your kid to practice letter tracing in real sand, flour, and other materials.
Start your own "image box" by cutting out pictures from magazines and collecting photos of family members for your prereader to name. Write the matching word or name on the bottom of the image.
Play with the five language options: Pick one to set as a second language so kids can toggle between them as they listen to words and sounds.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, vocabulary
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, self-assessment
- Price: $4.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: June 25, 2014
- Category: Education
- Topics: Numbers and Letters
- Size: 125.00 MB
- Publisher: Les Trois Elles Interactive
- Version: 6.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
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