A few months ago I downloaded the Lite (free) version of the Global Dinamika Informatika app iWriteWords and was so impressed, I bought the full version right away. Why do I like this app? Mostly because it just makes learning fun. It’s a handwriting practice app where the user is guided by a cute little crab who squeaks when you lead him off the numbered track. In the full version, kids can choose from writing numbers, uppercase letters, lowercase letters and a selection of short words in either uppercase or lowercase letters.
When a word is written correctly, the letters are spoken back, then the word is spoken and the user is rewarded with a cute kid-drawn picture and a ‘good job!’ or ‘excellent!’ I love how the completed letters get ‘sucked’ down a virtual hole–you can tilt the device to run the characters ‘down the drain.’
I have tested this app with both my two girls (4 and 5 years old) as well as a 6-year old student I tutor. All were delighted with it and were disappointed when ‘playtime’ was over. I find my girls returning to this one on their own during their free iPod time.