Spooky Letters allows your child to practice letter forming in both cursive (joined up) and traditional format. Letters are sounded out phonetically to allow your child to develop skills of breaking down words particularly useful for children with Dyslexia.
Completion of capital letters reveals a simple phonics based spelling game. Completion of either style of lower case letters is rewarded by a puzzle which reveals the Spooky character in the box.
10 Benefits of Teaching Cursive Handwriting
1.Relative ease in introducing cursive penmanship to preschoolers.
2.Prevents reversals and confusion of letters
3.Enhances spelling ability
4.Develops internal control systems that can be used as tool for learning
5.Potential for errors are diminished
6.Improved reading skills
7.Enforces the skills for patterns in reading and writing
8. Prevents erratic spaces between letters and words
9. Helps Left Handed Children
10.Use as a tool to put thoughts on paper quickly and easily
We should teach our children ‘Cursive First, Print Later’.
Source: Samuel L. Blumenfield, "How Should We Teach Our Children to Write? Cursive First, Print Later!"
The British Dyslexia association recommend that children learn the continuous cursive style. The cursive style has some significant advantages for Dyslexic students. The key advantages to this system are:
* By making each letter in one movement, children’s hands develop a ‘physical memory’ of it, making it easier to produce the correct shape;
* Because letters and words flow from left to right, children are less likely to reverse letters which are typically difficult (like b/d or p/q);
* There is a clearer distinction between capital letters and lower case;
* The continuous flow of writing ultimately improves speed and spelling.
Spooky Letters A- Z posters and learning activities are available for free on our website.
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Ratings and Reviews
Spooky bad spelling
The app is okay for practising letters but it has some significant drawbacks. The main problem is that the developers are terrible at spelling. True the main goal is to teach children letters but surely it is important that they are then used correctly. Here are a few examples 'Lock Ness monster', should be Loch Ness, 'Quezacoatal' (and what 4 year old does not need this word in their vocabulary ) should be quetzalcoatl and best of all the word queue is spelled 'que'. No doubt there are plenty more examples, I only watched my son for a few minutes and saw these 3 mistakes.
The pronunciation is also bad. It is hard to hear the T at the end of some words, e.g. ant is pronounced an, rat is ra.
Overall, fine for learning some letters. The cursive letters seems strange, but don't expect your small child to learn to spell from this app. The developers obviously can't.
Some mistakes from an educational viewpoint
I bought this app so my daughter could practice her cursive but was disappointed to note the letter b is formed incorrectly. Also words are shown in upper case and if it 'made by educators' as it claims, they would know to always show words in lower case letters . Also it says 'start again' too quickly which is demoralizing for the kids. We do want them to be accurate forming their letters but we cannot expect absolute precision.
- madebyeducators Limited
- 43.1 MB
- Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
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Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.