Montessori Letter Sounds - Phonics in English, Spanish, French & Italian

Common Sense Media says

Self-directed, fun, simple lessons will engage prereaders.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to play. Instructions guide parents on how to help kids step by step through the games, which also give clear prompts on what to do next. Large, clean graphics cue kids on what to do. For example, a big rake leaning on the sandbox is an obvious eraser. Language options allow for British English, American English, French, Spanish, or Italian.

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Privacy & safety

Kids can record and play back their voices, and they can write and trace letters. The results of both activities stay within the app.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics
  • vocabulary

Skills

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • self-assessment

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Parents and kids who already know and like the Montessori way of teaching -- simple, quiet, and self-directed -- will love Montessori Letter Sounds - Phonics in English, Spanish, French & Italian. Kids who are expecting more action and noise may not find these games as attractive.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn letter and letter-sound recognition, vocabulary words (in multiple languages), and other prereading and writing skills.

Support

The activities have very simple instructions, which is all that's needed.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics
  • vocabulary

Skills

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • self-assessment

Kids can learn letter and letter-sound recognition, vocabulary words, and other prereading and writing skills with Montessori Letter Sounds. Most of the activities have very simple instructions, so kids can self-direct their learning and follow each step to the next natural skill. Kids get marbles to keep point totals, and they can use them to unlock other games and levels. Supplemental activities allow kids to practice in other ways, including keeping an online notebook and an "image box" for vocabulary building. Montessori Letter Sounds is solid self-directed learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
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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Parent Written bymolly98765 January 1, 2013
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6
QUALITY
 

Please save your money and choose another app

I purchased this app based on commonsensemedia's review and was very disappointed. Either the reviewer is not from the US or he did not thoroughly examine the app. Under the "Letter Sounds" section, some of the vowel sounds are incorrect and, therefore, that section is unusable. The other main section is the "I Spy" section. The child is to choose from an assortment of images to find one that starts with different letters. The image for N is a narwhal (I had no idea what it was - it kind of looks like a swordfish). The image for the letter O is an okapi. There are multiple other examples of image/letter combinations that are extremely confusing. The app was clearly not created by someone fluent in American English.
Parent Written byAnitaT March 16, 2013
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4
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Definitely not the best in its category

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