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Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters & Words

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Fantastic, customizable tracing practice with fun rewards.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn how to trace uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and words and can even create their own list words. Choose the handwriting style from Zaner-Bloser, Handwriting Without Tears, D'Nealian, Scandanavia, or U.K. As kids trace, they also hear each letter's name and its phonetic pronunciation. Kids can improve fine motor skills and practice following visual directions as they watch and follow the hand, dots, and arrows that guide them along the correct tracing path. Finally, kids can see how focused effort pays off when the fun and interactive visual rewards appear. Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters & Words offers kids a fun, colorful way to practice early writing skills.

Ease of play

Very easy to use; has step-by-step instructions and visual and audio prompts.

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A small, child-locked "other apps" icon in the corner of the main screen leads to a page promoting the developer's other educational apps.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters & Words is a highly customizable app that helps kids practice tracing letters, numbers, and words while learning letter names and phonetic sounds. Audio and visual prompts show kids exactly where to trace from the start of the letter to the finish. Parents can use the multiple settings to adjust letter size, show or hide the letter model, and create their own words, and settings include a left-handed mode, game-time limits, and lots more. There's also an optional five-star progressive tracing system that requires the user to trace each letter five times, increasing in difficulty. Detailed reports show parents how each kid is progressing, including replaying a video of how the child traced the letter. Parents can also print worksheets for offscreen practice. Read the app's privacy policy to learn about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Start by adjusting the settings in WRITING WIZARD - KIDS LEARN TO WRITE LETTERS & WORDS by choosing the font, difficulty, and other specifics. Next, select uppercase or lowercase letters, shapes, numbers, or words. Tap one and watch as a hand with a pointed finger writes the letter, number, shape, or word and then shows you where to trace first. Red arrows and targets appear to show tracing direction, and sounds cue kids on what to do next. You can tap, swipe, or tilt the device to play with the animations.

Is it any good?

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An engaging writing-practice tool for beginners, this tool resolves tracing frustration and boredom with clear instructions followed by surprising, rewarding fun. Animated graphics -- from dancing cupcakes to rushing rainbows of stars, tiger faces, and bouncing hearts -- motivate kids to keep following the audio and visual prompts to trace each letter, number, and word properly to see what happens in the end. The customization options help parents tailor the experience to a kid's current level and increase difficulty for more precision in tracing as they improve. Although the app doesn't directly evolve to include concrete writing skills such as using a pincer grip or holding a writing tool, tracing is an important beginning step, and the instructions encourage parents to have kids use a stylus. Writing Wizard provides well-designed, thoughtfully created tracing practice that includes some letter naming and phonetic sounds.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the difference between using paper and an app. Which do your kids prefer? Why?

  • Use all the custom settings to adapt tracing to your kid's current fine motor skills.

  • As kids progress, create your own word list for them to trace. Kids love to trace the names of people they know and other words especially important to them.

  • Create a journal-transfer book for kids to practice their handwriting using a pen and paper.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition, phonics, writing
Skills:Self-Direction: effort, self-assessment, work to achieve goals
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
Price:$4.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:May 24, 2015
Category:Education
Size:32.80 MB
Publisher:L'Escapadou
Version:3.0.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later; Android 4.0 and up

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Parent of a 2 and 5 year old Written byjennygt November 28, 2013

Great app - skills and self-esteem reinforcement!

We got this app for my 5 year old who has grapho-motor skill development issues that are effecting her self esteem around early literacy. Taking the stress of holding a pencil out of the picture this app has reinforced her self-confidence in a fun and easy way. She now feels like she "knows" how to write and that holding a pencil is a minor obstacle that has nothing to do with how smart and capable she is. I couldn't have asked for more!
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