Ages 3-6. Designed for both parents and schools, this app beautifully provides children a way to "write" words in order to express themselves prior to mastering the use of pencil and paper! This is a preschool & kindergarten language activity that will help children learn the correct spelling of simple words.
We originally published this app back in 2011. After observing what others were doing with the Movable Alphabet, such as the Montessori Crosswords app, we wanted to create something that was more academic in nature vs. being more entertaining. So, we designed a very clean looking app that has a "manual" feel to it in order to closely resemble the physical Movable Alphabet material. Over the passed several years we've been thrilled to see schools systems incorporate our Movable Alphabet into their curriculums!
We're extremely excited about the new 3.0 update that came out in September! Many teachers and parents requested that we provide feedback to the child whether or not a word is spelled correctly. We wanted to do that, but in a way that still maintains the manual feel of the Movable Alphabet, without letters snapping into perfect positions. Well, after a lot of hard work, we've finally got something that has a great feel to it! Please watch the preview video to see how it works!
After learning to identify and blend the sounds of the letters of the alphabet children are often ready to build words on their own. However, the ability to write them down with paper and pencil may require much more time and practice to acquire. Therefore, Dr. Montessori prepared the Movable Alphabet for children to “write” words, long before mastering the physical skill of writing.
Children can phonetically sound out words, one letter at a time to build words. The app includes over 40 images of simple words, along with audio pronunciations and instructions, for children to practice with. Additional word sets are available, too!
To help the child construct the words correctly, they can touch the buttons in the box or the letters themselves to hear their sound, giving them the ability to "search" for the sound they are thinking of to build their word!
About the Word Sets:
Once the children begin the process of composing three letter words (consonant-vowel-consonant) with the Movable Alphabet they are encouraged to move on to building four and five letter words. In our experience in the classroom, it is best to follow the CVC words with four letter, CVCC words, which often seems to be easier for the blending of sounds leading up to the actual reading of words. Mastering word building requires lots of practice and repetition. Following this, we introduce four letter, CCVC words and then five letter, CCVCC words. As the children master these skills they often explore the process all on their own and have fun expressing their own ideas using the Movable Alphabet!
Word Sets 1 & 2: CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant), three letter words (bat, fin, jug, etc.)
Word Set 3: CVCC (consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant), four letter words (fast, bulb, hand, etc.)
Coming soon: Word Set 4: CVCC (consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant), four letter words ending with “ck” or “nk” (sack, rink, tack, etc.)
Coming soon: Word Set 5: CCVC (consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant), four letter words (clap, flex, spot, etc.)
Coming soon: Word Set 6: CCVCC (consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant), five letter words (drink, twist, slept, etc.)
Dr. Montessori observed in her work with children that after working with the Movable Alphabet children experienced an “explosion in to reading!” Our goal is to bring a sampling of this excitement to a large audience via the Movable Alphabet on the iPad & iPhone!
Thanks for your support of our Preschool Language apps! We have an entire line of educational apps for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and elementary students! Please take a look: www.mobilemontessori.org
Special Update for Schools: The Movable Alphabet no longer has any In-App purchases! Word sets 2 & 3 are now unlocked for everyone to use. In the future we will release more word sets as free updates, as well!
Thanks for your support of The Movable Alphabet over the years!
Ratings and Reviews
Jo’s and G’s don’t light up when spelled correctly
The app is still buggy, despite the latest updates.
Developer Response ,
Don't forget the dot over the j when spelling out the word! We checked on the g and all seems ok, just try to center the letters as best you can...thx!
Having trouble with some of the words. Any word with a j or g doesn't light when it's spelled correct
Developer Response ,
Everything should be working with the latest update!
Good, few issues
It does what we were looking for although I wish the handwriting (cursive) app was also updated - especially since that is what is normally used in Montessori schools.
It resets every time it is opened, so it goes through the little intro demo every time. It doesn't keep track of what you did last time. And it often doesn't show the green success box around a work - sometime you have to place the letters more exactly in the middle sometimes it just never works.
Developer Response ,
Hi, we recently updated the Cursive app with all the new features!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.