Learn To Write

Rating Learn To Write - 4 out of 5 - Good Rating 4.0

  • iPad
  • Paid
  • age 3+
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About Learn To Write

An app that helps young children in the early stages of writing.

Learn To Write Review

This is a good app that utilises repetition to help engage and improve young children’s ability in letter formation. Once the app is opened the user is welcomed straight on the main content screen for the app and this is where the ‘action’ takes place. The main bulk of the page is made of two complete and two dotted lines that give guidance for formulating the correct letters in the correct way. The top third of the screen contains all the letters of the alphabet and at the very top a number of icons to change different options. 
 
One of the best features of the app is the ability for the letter formation strokes to be saved. This then allows any educator to view not only the final formation of a letter from a young person but also how they have completed writing the letter and whether there is anything in particular they are doing incorrectly that may need to be worked on, for instance this may be formulating the circles, that exist in many letters, by going clockwise instead of anti-clockwise. If this option didn’t exist then when assessing the final letter formation, the educator would not know if it had been done correctly as they would only see the finished article and not the process. This is important in beginning to learn how to write as it forms the basis for all teaching of writing in the future.
 
The app itself also gives the user, in the top bar of the screen, the option to have the letter they are choosing to write, written in the correct way. This allows the teacher the ability to model to the child how it should be done, or if the app is being used at home then the child is able to use this option to make sure they do it correctly. Other options at the top of the screen allow the user to change the colour and style of the writing through different pens, erasing their efforts for that particular word so they begin afresh, deleting the recordings for all the letters so far and then a further settings option.
 
In the settings window there is the option for the user to select between upper or lower case letters, both or numbers. The ability to add a bit of differentiation to the app is useful as an educator or parent could limit the user to just certain letter formations such as upper case letters. There is also the option to remove the guide lines from the page and again this could be useful for slightly more able pupils. The user also has the option to adjust other things such as speed of animation of the voice level of reading out the letters and this enables them to adjust the app to their personal requirements.
 
As mentioned above there is an option to allow the user to hear how each letter is pronounced. This happens once you click on each different letter to attempt to write. The pronunciation is just of the letter without the sound being given and this would be an excellent addition to the app to make it even more useful as it would help young children start to associate and compound the letter, how it is written and its sound all together. 
 
Overall the app is very good at what it does however, there is quite a small scope to it in just allowing young children to practice their letter formations. To improve it further it would be good to have the option to write the learnt letters alongside other letters via words etc. With the ability to save the recording of how the letters are produced this could be a really powerful addition to the app. 

App Details

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Devices

iPad

Skills

Cognitive Development
Communication Skills
Life Skills

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Justin Hackett Productions

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