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

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Self-directed, fun, simple lessons will engage prereaders.

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Educational Value

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.

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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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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Adult Written byAnitaT March 16, 2013
Adult Written bymolly98765 January 1, 2013

Please save your money and choose another app

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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.

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