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Learning to Write 1-Prewriting

Price: Android - Paid

Teacher Overview

Learning to Write 1- Prewriting app is an application used to help young children develop the skills of letter and number construction.

The app teaches the user in a fun and educational way how to construct letters from the alphabet and basic numbers using a drawing guide on screen. The guides are presented in a clear and beautiful way and have many options to create different pen styles, backgrounds and colours.

The app also enables the child to practise basic letter strokes such as single horizontal and vertical lines to curves and figures of eight. Each of these techniques are displayed to show increase in difficulty so that the child can gain confidence as they progress.

The app is available in three languages and a lite restricted version is also available.

Teacher Review

Learning to Write 1- Prewriting app is an application used to help young children develop the skills of letter and number construction.

Upon opening the app the user if presented with a wheel split into four game modes. There is an option to change the language in the top right, this is invaluable for other countries and could be used for students learning a second language. The app also benefits from some in-app instructions via a button.

Once the “1” option is chosen from the wheel the user enters the number mode. The numbers are displayed on the left hand column and are in order of difficulty according to the app developers. Choosing a number will give you a number to trace using your finger or stylus pen. There is some slight concern about the benefits of using a finger to draw the number or letters when a stylus would be much more suitable. Although the user will get to recognise the construction and movement of the characters the way in which they draw with a finger and scribe with a stylus pen is very different.

Once the number has been drawn successfully the user is greeted with a success noise. It may be beneficial for the user to be able to go outside of the lines to encourage learning from their mistakes. Following the pre-determined guide is relatively easy.

The user has other options on the right where they can choose a different object to draw with and a second column will let them experiment with colours and types. We really liked this part of the app and our users found this aspect great fun. There is endless choices and variety.

At this point we would like to also see a scoring system in place here to keep track of the letters attempted and those completed successfully.

Some of the numbers could offer alternatives that other schools may use as they are a number of way to teach how to draw a “4” for example. There are three further options on the screen: an eraser to rub out if needed, a button for full screen and a refresh button to start again.

The second option on the wheel for the user if the “A” icon. Here the letters are displayed on the left hand column and are in order of difficulty according to the app developers. In this app, there is no option to switch the letters between capitals and lowercase, although this is possible in the developer's follow up app: Learning to Write 2. Most schools in the UK will teach letter construction in lowercase first before capitals are attempted. Again once the letter has been drawn successfully the user is greeted with a success noise. It may be beneficial for the user to be able to go outside of the lines to encourage learning from their mistakes. Following the pre-determined guide is again relatively easy.

Once the user returns to the main menu scores our attempts are not retained from the previous game modes.

The third option is the top icon which offers the user to attempt line construction. We really liked this mode for the way in which it is set out and the confidence it gives the student. There are also numerous options on the left to change line shape, options of game modes and colours. The graphics on all game modes are variable from excellent to somewhat homemade. Here there are some engaging animations and sounds.

The fourth and final option of the app is the free mode where the student can use their own creativity and choose from a range of backgrounds, colours, objects and pen styles. Our users really loved this section and created to wonderful pictures. The app also enables users to print their creations which a great feature for displaying in the classroom.

Overall this app is a good app for teaching students the fine motor skills required for letter and number construction. We enjoyed the many options that it offered within the app and the variety of styles, colours and pen types. With a few minor tweaks this could be a great app.

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Developer Description

Educational Kids’ Prewriting for young from 18 months old, and older.
Part of kindergarten curriculum. Grade 1.
Having fun while learning to write ? ... It becomes a reality thanks to Writing, the educational pre-writing application for kids and its hundreds of funny and unique challenges grouped into 12 categories of basic line drawings.
Using Writing, the child approaches prewriting by making smooth and beautiful lines in an educational universe where poetry takes place as much as mechanisms. Thus, with this appzhich looks like a game , the child has a lot of fun internalizing the basic lines of writing, the numbers, and the letters. The perfection of the lines gives the child self-confidence, satisfaction, and pride. Writing is an essential educational tool for teaching pre-writing and writing .
The child can choose from 4 Writing themes to start pre-writing :
▶ The basic lines, grouped in 12 categories , are arranged in order of increasing difficulty (vertical lines , horizontal , oblique , round, ... ) : In an original world where U’s are galleries of moles , n’s are made when frogs jump, O’s are roundabouts and D’s are trajectories of excavators, it is through several adventures that the child will be able to discover or rediscover the basic gestures of writing, even before writing letters! Everything is there to allow the child to feel the impression of having fun while working his/her prewriting or his/her writing in an educational prewriting app.
These basic lines have been designed to give the right directions or senses of writing. Moreover, parents, teacher or speech therapist can use Writing to teach spatial orientation (top, bottom , left, right ...) , numbers, and vocabulary.
▶ The capital letters in Script, are also arranged in order of increasing difficulty, and not alphabetically : thus, when the child knows how to make vertical and horizontal lines, he/she can already start writing his/hers first letters . Tired of drawing with chalk ? The child will be able to trace the letters with cohorts of flowers, ladybugs, fish, chicks, clouds, tree leaves, butterflies, etc. ....Make sure to give the child the sound of the letters rather than their name to make it easier to read syllables later. For example; for F, we say " fff " and not " eff " 
▶ The numbers: the child can also write them with flowers, insects, birds, fish, leaves, etc. or in different colors.
▶ Free shapes or forms and free models: with dozens of backgrounds, the child is free to express his/her imagination by drawing with tulips, ducks, butterflies, fish, clouds, autumn leaves, etc.
A child or an adult can also create his/her own templates of letters and forms, by pressing the redo icon in the top left corner, then someone else can reproduce this new model.
The eraser erases unwanted lines.
The child begins with using a finger to successfully integrate the gestures of writing. Thereafter ,the child will refine his/her accuracy with a tablet pen (not supplied).
The line is only drawn if the child follows with sufficient precision whatever his/her speed is.
This is a great opportunity to teach the child precision with humor!
Early experiences of the child determine their learning. When your child plays with Writing, it stimulates his/her curiosity, eagerness for writing, and desire to learn, which are pre-requisites for a successful education. With this game, which is as humorous as it is educational,you give your child a greater opportunity to succeed 
Other applications:
“Learning to Write 2” : Children learn writing uppercase and lowercase letters and cursive manuscript letters with as much pleasure as they found in Writing !
"Writing +" (forthcoming) : the child learns writing between lines and uppercase and lowercase letters in both manuscript and cursive. Then the child will learn to write syllables and words, with pleasure and fun each time!

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