A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn how to write upper- and lowercase manuscript letters, 112 preset sight words, and words or names they upload on their own. Writers will hear a chime as they follow the arrow around each letter, providing instant audio and visual feedback. The app will capture each swipe a child makes, which can then be stored on the camera roll. Write My Name likely will entice some kids with custom features to practice handwriting, but it doesn't always reinforce fluidity and accuracy in letter formation.
Ease of Play
Each activity has visual and audio cues to guide writers as they create manuscript letters. There's a parent guide for more specific instructions under the settings gear.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Write My Name is a content-packed app that teaches kids how to write lower- and uppercase manuscript letters and 112 preloaded sight words. It aligns with kindergarten and first-grade English Common Core State Standards. It's especially helpful for kids with dysgraphia, who might have trouble with written language processing, fine motor growth, letter reversal errors, visual/spatial issues, and spelling. The app provides audio and visual cues to writers and teaches using the top-down method for forming letters (beginning every letter from the top and working down). Parents can customize by adding names of people or places for writers to trace. When practicing sight words, kids can capture an image of their completed word card to show their progress. Write My Name will not reinforce fluid letter writing, since you can stop mid-letter and begin again where you left off (instead of going back to the beginning of the fluid stroke).
Is It Any Good?
Its title is misleading, as Write My Name goes beyond name recognition, and kids write individual letters and words. The graphics are simple yet engaging, the preloaded sight words keep writers engaged, and the personalization of adding their own words may entice kids to use this more than other handwriting apps. For kids with fine motor delays, however, this app may not reinforce fluid writing skills as letters can be stopped and started mid-stroke. The Fingerpaint Mode also can produce some messy, incorrect results.
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