As a future educator, I am always on the lookout for creative ways to make learning fun for my future students. With the Common Core‘s heavy presence in the classroom, various forms of writing instruction are crucial. Today, technology is so natural to children and is becoming more popular in the classroom, so being able to incorporate technology into writing instruction will be extremely beneficial for the students while making learning fun.
In preschool and kindergarten classrooms, it is important to have the students practice forming uppercase and lowercase letters. Understanding that children must begin to write letters and numbers by tracing them first is key.
The app iWrite Words is something that can be used to do just this! iWrite Words is available on iPads, iPhones and iPods, and is an excellent way to get children interested and involved with the early stages of the writing process both inside and outside of the classroom.
iWrite Words helps to teach kids how to write the letters of the alphabet, numbers up to 20, and simple words using tracing. While it does help if kids already know how to count and read numbers up to 10 in order to play this game, this app can teach children the basics of letters. This app is available in English, French and Italian, making it a great for dual language learners, too. After the child traces the letter or number, they hear a cheer, then see their actual handwriting appear based off of how they traced the letter.
This app has received rave reviews which include, “The whole app is delightful to behold. Bright background colors are juxtaposed against equally bright and scribbly child-like artwork that convey the word being spelled. You and your child will enjoy tracing your finger along those necessary building blocks of language. With its memorable artwork and way cool physics engine, it is sure to entertain and teach your child,” and many more.
The next time you are searching for the perfect new app to introduce or reinforce the basics of writing, keep iWrite Words in mind for your preschool and kindergartners.
*This app is available on iTunes for $2.99.