Intro to Letters will help your child learn to trace, read, write, and record letter sounds, names, and phonograms in English! Based on the proven methodology of Montessori.
"Minimalist yet engaging, the sleekly designed app makes self-directed learning what it should be: Fun, simple, yet effective." - Maria Popova
YOUR CHILD WILL LEARN:
• Basic foundations of language
• To read, write and understand English letters from A-Z
• Lowercase letter symbols and their sounds (phonics)
• Capital letters - letter names, writing and pronunciation
• Phonograms - writing and pronunciation
• Consonants and vowels
• Fine motor skills
Intro to Letters includes the following activities:
• LETTER SOUNDS (Lowercase Letters)
The first activity places an emphasis on phonetics instead of letter sounds. Your child will learn the sounds of the letters through a series of guided, interactive exercises.
Similar to the letter sounds, your child will work through the sounds of phonograms and unite them with their symbols.
Connect the sounds of the lowercase letters with their uppercase counterparts.
• LETTER NAMES (Capital Letters)
The objective of this activity is to acquire a knowledge of the names and symbols of the capital letters.
A special recording section to help your child learn sounds, phonograms and names.
• PRACTICE MODE - This section allows kids to practice specific letters or phonograms. A new toggle feature allows the user to isolate their tracing paths.
• ADDITIONAL FEATURES:
Recording Studio: Adults can record their own pronunciations of letter sounds and names to use throughout the app so children learn from a voice they love. Follow the instructions in the Parent Portal to get started.
Integrated Kids Library: Swiping the home screen will reveal all Montessorium apps on the user’s device. Tap an app icon to switch to a different activity.
Integrated Parent Portal: We’ve added several tools to help adults access information. With “Journal”, adults can stay up to date with Montessorium news and read posts on education, design, and technology.
Intro to Letters is a universal app for use on the iPad and iPhone. Please note, the Recording Studio functionality will not work on the iPod Touch.
Concept and design by Montessorium. Development of Intro to Letters 3.0 by Ymedia Labs.
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Ratings and Reviews
Worthy of the name of Montessori
We have been using iPad apps for letters and phonics for a while now. In my opinion, even when they hold my girl's attention, they are too distracting; the focus is not on the letters or their sounds, but rather on the pictures and sounds related to the pictures (animal sounds, object sounds, etc. rather than letter sounds), in addition to the "game" itself. In the end, I found my girl did not remember anything except for the bells and whistles. This application is exceptional in its simplicity and its quiet focus on the letters and sounds. I think we underestimate our children's interest in learning itself. We think we have to have heavy stimulation for them to stay focused, but I think that is not the case. The calm low voice and the pleasant colors help continue without getting overexcited and simply just touching random buttons. Plus, my girl especially liked the way she can record her voice and hear herself say the letter or sound.
A Gem of an App
I downloaded this for my 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, both of whom are in a Montessori program. My daughter loves the sandpaper letter "tracing", which is much more difficult on an iPad than in real life, so it keeps her interested. Even the sound/letter recognition, which she knows backwards and forward, keeps her engaged because she's on the iPad. For the most part, it's a bit junior for her, though. She's ready for the "next level", which I hope will come out soon. You know...WORDS not just sounds. (The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that I thought it should go one more level to create 2- or 3-letter words, at least.) The 2-year-old has been introduced to the sandpapaer letters in school, but he doesn't have the manual dexterity required to be succesful at in on the iPad. Within the next couple of months, though, this will be great for him. I definitely recommend this whether or not your child is in a Montessori program.
Thank you for this app!
Peaceful. Purposeful. This app gives parents and children a taste of two of the qualities I love most about the Montessori method. The app does away with the cobwebs of whiz-bang flashiness, meaningless compliments, prizes, bonus points, and all the rest of the try-to-give-them-self-esteem silliness. Intro to Letters shows how Montessori allows children to be craftsmen.
Not only do my children enjoy working with this app (on Saturdays: the only day of the week we allow screen-time), but I have found it useful at parties and adult get-togethers to pull out the Intro to Letters and show other parents a bit about the Montessori method without coming on too strong with my enthusiasm for Montessori. Once they're intrigued, it's easier to talk them into visiting the school for an observation of the actual classroom and the chance to see children working within the full context of Montessori.
- Montessorium, LLC
- 41.4 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- English, Arabic, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Montessorium, Inc.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.