"Drawing on the Montessori system, Alpha Writer has been designed to make learning to read and write a joy." - Financial Times
The possibilities are endless when children begin to understand the written word. Intro to Words guides your child so that they can learn to write, read and spell phonetically, and compose their own words and stories with original illustrations! Based on the proven methodology of Montessori.
A phonetic word or phrase means every letter has a sound. Examples include JAM, WET, or GUM. A child can decode these words without needing to memorize tricky English language rules, and that means they are the perfect introduction to writing and reading. Explore an entire section of just phonetic words in Intro to Words.
WHAT’S A PHONOGRAM?
Phonograms are two letters that come together to make a unique sound, like SH, AI, or OW. Children use these two letter combinations to construct words like SHIP, RAIN, and COW. Your child will listen as a gentle voice pronounces phonograms in Intro to Words, then it’s their turn to give spelling a try.
MORE ABOUT WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL LEARN:
• Basic foundations of language
• To write, read and spell phonetically
• Identify consonants and vowels
• Phonograms - writing and pronunciation
• Letter sounds, pronunciation and composition
• How to compose, identify and spell phonetic words
• To write, create and read stories
• Fine motor skills
CHOOSE AN ARTIST
We offer over 100 unique, phonetic illustrations, from 3 different internationally acclaimed artists: Zeptonn, Mike Lowery and Marloes de Vries. Pick your favorite to work with, or rotate between all three!
CREATE YOUR OWN STORY
Let loose in the storyboard section of Intro to Words! Your child has access to all illustrations, letters and phonograms to create a masterpiece of their own. Play alongside your child for moments of learning as a family.
Enjoy a game of I-Spy to help your child become familiar with letter sounds. Listen as Intro to Words introduces three objects, followed by “I spy with my little eye...something beginning with sss” for example. Your child will be prompted to select an object that begins with that letter sound! “Which object starts with sss?”
THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND INTRO TO WORDS
A tested and proven aspect to the Montessori method is that writing comes before reading. Intro to Words places an emphasis on the phonetic sounds used to build a word rather than spelling or reading comprehension. Children can learn the letter sounds and combinations of letter sounds at their own pace!
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Updated for iOS 11.
Ratings and Reviews
Fundamentally Flawed Approach
The app has kids spell simple words, choosing letters from a list of all the letters in the alphabet. However, it treats vowel diagraphs (two vowels together that make a single sound) as if they were separate letters. These are all listed at the end of the the standard alphabet.
So, when a child is asked to spell the word "boy" they can't choose the letters B-O-Y. Instead the have to first choose B then scroll all the way past the end of the normal alphabet list and find OY from a long list of diagraphs (AI, AY, OO, OI, OY, etc.). It might make sense to a linguist, but it's confusing for a child just learning to spell.
More for ages 3-6 than 6-8
I wish there was a preview option as I would not have paid for this app for my 8 year olds. This is very Montessori like but I think more towards ages 3-6 than 6-8. If you are looking for younger kids, this will be awesome.
not thought through
The app is not thought through - they need to break the objects down into levels, three letter phonetic words, blends, then digraphs. The blends and digraphs should have the sounds together that make the specific sound like "oo" in book, or "er" in lobster, etc... having all the letters make the phonetic sounds can be confising when teaching blends and diagraphs. You don't phonetically sound out these non phonetic words. Lastly, I wish there was a self check option like the Montessori crosswords app so they can make sure they spelled a word correctly.
On the "writer" section it would be nice to be able to click on the words once they are assembled and have the word read, not each individual sound. I feel like this app was not put together well. I am a 3-6 Montessori teacher with a 3 and 5 year old that attend the school and they did not enjoy this app. I feel that changes can be made to it so we can utilize it more as a learning tool and not just a silly game.
- Montessorium, LLC
- 268.9 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Montessorium Inc
- In-App Purchases
- Artist Pack by Marloes DeVries $0.99
- Artist Pack By Mike Lowery $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.