Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Alpha Writer

imageAlpha Writer
By Montessorium

About the app

Learn to read, write and spell phonetically while composing words and creating stories.  This app is based on the methodology of the famous Montessori moveable alphabet.

Created by a team of Montessori educators and parents, Alpha Writer is a unique and interactive way to introduce your child to the world of language.  Alpha Writer includes two highly responsive and engaging sections based on the Montessori activity, Moveable Alphabet.   

The child will learn:

  • basic foundations of language
  • read, write and spell phonetically
  • identify consonants and vowels
  • phonograms – writing and pronunciation
  • letter sounds, pronunciation and composition
  • how to compose, identify and spell phonetic words
  • write, create and read stories

My Thoughts

imageThis is a wonderful app to strengthen the phonetic learning in young children as well as for beginning readers/writers.   The app has two different section; the Alpha and the Writer.

In the Alpha Section, the app interacts with the child when it ask to find a specific object within the ones available.   There are transportation, animals, clothing, body parts and more to pick from.    Once the child has picked an item, he/she will hear the sound of it and then a voice will say the word.   The child has to use the letters on the top of the screen to be able to write the word.   For example, for the box the child would have to select the letter B, O, and X and drag them on the table. 


In the Writer section, the child will have the opportunity of practicing how to write short sentences for a story.   Using the alphabet as well as images, the child is able to write little sentences like “the plane is fast”.    In a way having the opportunity to apply the learning done in the first section of the app is wonderful.   The child is learning and has fun at the same time.  


As he/she completes a little story, mom or dad can use the camera to save what the child has written in the camera roll on the device your are using.   

I think this app is a great introduction to phonetic as well as how to write little sentences.   It doesn’t overwhelm the child with rules like capital letter and punctuation.   However, the app is flexible to allow the child to include images in his sentences to make it more fun to learn at the same time.  For us, we have used the app as a supplement after learning the phonics while homeschooling.    My son enjoyed being able to write little sentences by himself has well.

I would recommend this app for anyone who have a child in the ages of 3-5 years old (or older for kids who are struggling in learning how to write and spell).  

Alpha Writer is available on iTunes for the price of 4.99$.

Disclaimer: I received the app for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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