What parents need to know
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. The bright, animated graphics that accompany each tracing page are eye-catching and rewarding. Parents can use the multiple settings to adjust letter size, show or hide the letter model, and create their own words. This is a great app for kids who struggle with handwriting and visual spatial relations. It also benefits kids who need to hear the phonetic spelling of a word. 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.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- letter or word recognition
- work to achieve goals
Health & Fitness
- fine motor skills
Engagement, Approach, Support
Audio prompts and visual instructions -- like a friendly pointing hand, guiding arrows, and dots -- create a well-designed tracing experience. Amazing interactive graphics cinch continuous engagement.
A thorough tutorial and numerous customizations help adults adapt tracing to each kid's current fine-motor skill ability. The 5 Star mode requires kids to trace each letter, number, or word five times with increasing difficulty.
Step-by-step instructions during the process of tracing, multiple settings, and audio and visual cues offer excellent support. Writing Wizard also includes a supplement entitled "How Children Learn to Write and Read."
What's it about?
First, tap the For Parents section on the main screen, then tap Settings and adjust according to your kid's current tracing skills. Next, select uppercase or lowercase letters, numbers, or words. Tap one and watch as a hand with a pointed finger writes the letter, number, or word and then shows you where to trace first. Red arrows and targets appear to show tracing direction, and sounds cue kids what to do next. You can tap, swipe, or tilt the device to play with the awesome animations.
Is it any good?
Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters & Words is an engaging writing-practice tool for beginners. It 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. They also can play with the animations by swiping, tapping, or tilting the iPad.
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. Writing Wizard provides well-designed, thoughtfully created tracing practice that includes some letter naming and phonetic sounds.
Families can talk about...
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.